When it comes to small spaces, it’s not enough to just be well designed – they also have to be smart. And the best way to do just that? Make the most of every square inch with clever (and easy) solutions.
We’re sharing some of our best tips (and products) to make sure you’re taking advantage of all the corners, unseen areas, and hidden spots in your small space. With solutions for every room, from a cramped kitchen to an overcrowded office, to an itsy bitsy bathroom, there’s no space you can’t make more efficient and smarter. And even if you don’t have a small space, you can definitely still apply these tips to your home!
Keep scrolling to see all our ideas (and shop the products to need to make your space smarter).
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STICK-ON A Shelf
For spots that aren’t being utilized, simply stick on a smart magnetic shelf for instant storage. You can apply a shelf to any magnetic surface- with no installation required. It’s perfect for your fridge door to hold essentials, your washer for keeping laundry detergent and dryer sheets at hand, or even above your stove with this shelf (no tools required) to stash spices!
Want even more ideas for home DIYs? Be sure to check out 5 Easy Improvements You Can Make At Home.
Hang It OVER THE DOOR
You’re probably already familiar with using over door storage to hang shoes in your closet. But have you thought about all the other ways you can utilize this solution in a small space? Any door can become an easy place to store, well, just about anything! This organizer (which is only $10) has clear pockets which makes it easy to see everything and will help you stay organized. Keep extra bathroom essentials at the ready, office supplies out of sight, or even store tools, cleaning products, and extra cords on the back of a hallway closet door.
For ideas ton how to make the most of your space, check out 5 Easy Ways To Improve Every Room In Your Home
KEEP STORAGE Slim
For small spaces, slim is in (especially when it comes to storage). You’ll be amazed at how much you can store in narrow shelving units that tuck right into compact spaces. Slim shelves (on wheels which are under $50) are perfect for holding cooking supplies in the kitchen (and can fit conveniently between a stove and counter). And a thin bookcase can tuck into the corner of a living room or bedroom to provide plenty of storage, without taking up much space.
Check out some of our favorite bookcase options to optimize storage here.
Go Under THE BED
If you’re short on closets or lacking drawer space, under the bed is the perfect place to look for extra space to keep clothing, shoes, or anything else that needs to be organized. With just a few extra inches below the bed, you can use boxes, bins with easy access lids, and bags to keep things contained. So instead of just sitting vacant, put the space under your bed to very good use!
For even more under bed storage tips, check out our post Under Bed Storage: Our Best Solutions To Maximize Every Inch
PUT UP A Pegboard
Got an empty wall? We’ve got a solution for putting it to use. You can easily apply pegboard for under $25 to most surfaces and create a simple system for hanging anything you need to keep close. A pegboard makes an excellent spot to store pots, pans, and utensils in the kitchen, office supplies above a desk, or even all your coats and hats in an entryway. And there are also lots of different hooks and baskets you can use to optimize your board for any area and make it fully customized for your space.
For more entryway ideas, check out Mixing It Up: 7 Entryway Pairings (That Are Big on Style & Storage)