Multi-Purpose Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Multi-Purpose Furniture = Smart Storage = Smart Decorating

It’s true! It doesn’t matter one whit what size room you’re furnishing but it’s especially smart when your space is small.

It’s all about Smart Storage

In the living room, bedroom, study…

  • Small chests make great side tables in the bedroom or living room.
  • A small chest is a good place to store books, magazines, and that remote control that’s forever getting lost.
  • Place a small chest by your front door, hang a mirror over it, add a small lamp and you’ve created an attractive and useful entryway.
  • A basket for mail could sit on top.
  • Mittens, hats, keys, maps, etc. can be stashed in the drawers for use when you need them but out of the way when you don’t.

In the Kitchen…

Read that article and you’ll see that there are brass pot rails, copper pot rails, pegged pot rails, chrome pot rails. I think you can find a pot rail to blend with just about any decor theme you’ve got in your kitchen!

Kitchen with brass pot rail.

  • Another option for kitchen wall storage is to use pegboard on a wall for utensils, etc. Like this idea.

Pegboard in Kitchen

Extra Small Space Storage Options…

Don’t forget about your cabinets and cupboards…baskets are perfect for keeping small items together.

I recently reorganized my daughter’s pantry (much to her delight) and used wire baskets for all the different categories.

Potatoes and onions went into their own baskets on the floor.

Snack bags and boxes were all grouped together in two baskets…one behind the other on the deep shelves.

Seasonings, pasta, rice, and cereal were all given new baskets, too.

Treats for Sadie and Milo (their two dogs) had their own basket.

It was such an improvement over knocking the bag of chips off the shelf while trying to retrieve a box of snack crackers.

You get the idea.

  • Here’s another idea from Apartment Therapy…basket storage for toys.
  • Storing toys and knitting supplies in baskets are handy but out of the way. Lidded baskets are ideal but even open top baskets will corral clutter.

Baskets for toy storage

And for even more brilliant storage solutions, read on:

If you love a DIY project, look for an old trunk or wagon at a flea market and turn it into a one-of-a-kind coffee table. You’ll have a unique piece that will be a conversation starter, for sure.

Keeping the bedroom neat is important and using under-bed storage is sensible.  For example, if you don’t have a linen closet, lidded storage bins on rollers work great.

Another idea: Place a trunk or storage bench at the bottom of the bed for a place to sit while putting on your shoes.

Watch this YouTube video for clever multi-purpose furniture like a sofa that turns into bunk beds. There’s also a wall-mounted desk similar to one I’ve recommended in a recent post Best Wall-Mounted Desks.

This video is really fun and it’ll get those creative juices flowing.

So there you go…lots of ideas to incorporate good design and smart storage using your wall space, any room under beds, organizing your cabinets and cupboards for maximum space.

Honestly, if you have any other suggestions that have worked for you, I’d love to post them (pictures, too) here.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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How to Organize Your Closet

A relaxing bedroom retreat is on everyone’s wish list, right?

Photo by Widell + Boschetti – Browse bedroom ideas

 

(Updated 10/10/2018)

Nearly every decorator or designer recommends that the very first room you should complete is your bedroom. It’s your sanctuary…the place to go at the end of a long day. It’s where you regroup, relax, rest and it’s all yours…a private retreat.

Unfortunately, it’s usually the last room we decorate because it’s a private area and we want our public areas decorated, first.

We need to change our thinking about that!

I don’t know about you but if my bedroom is disorganized it’s not a retreat and I can’t relax. So organizing that space is pretty important.

1. Start with the closet.

A small bedroom is difficult to organize especially if it’s shared by two people. You’ve got double everything…clothing, shoes, accessories and finding space in a small space can be frustrating.

2. Next…sort and purge.

Photo by apartmentjeanie
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If you’re just moving in, you’ve probably already done that but if not…now’s the time.

Here’s how to go about that in an orderly way:

  • Take inventory of your clothes and shoes
  • Move out-of-season items to another place
  • Decide what kind of storage system will work for you so you don’t buy boxes and bins that won’t work.
  • Measure the space. That’s important when you go shopping for any organizers or shelving systems.

3. Make a plan.

How much closet space do you need for hanging clothes? Do you have more short items like shirts and pants or longer items like dresses and robes?

Do you need shoe storage? There are hanging shoe bins which work well. I have one in my master closet. I love it because I can see all my shoes at a glance. Shoe shelves that sit on the floor are great, too.

Most closets have enough room above the shelf in the closet to install a second shelf higher up which is perfect for out of season clothes packed in bins or blanket bags. Or suitcases.

Which Closet System Fits Your Needs?

You’ll get more bang for your buck with a really good closet organizer.  I absolutely recommend getting one for each closet.Closet Maid Closet System
This one is a beauty for a small closet. It’s by ClosetMaidand it’s available on Overstock.com. It can totally be customized to fit your space. This particular configuration is designed for closets from 4 to 6 feet wide. Of course, you can get larger systems, too.

If you have a big walk-in closet (unlikely in a small space but not unheard of), Overstock.com has so many great closet systems and organizers you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Some systems have drawers, shelves, and rods in many configurations.
  • There’s an installation guide with all of the options.
  • Some additional options include shoe racks and corner shelves…you name it.

In my guest room, I’ve got a hanging shoe organizer and a hanging shelf organizer. It’s great because I don’t have a chest or dresser in that room but when my company comes, they can still unpack their suitcases and make themselves at home!

The point is, you can make this work whatever your situation.  It’s affordable and has so many good reviews.

I would love to have your thoughts on these suggestions and any unique solutions that might be working for you, too.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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