Living in a small home has many perks and can be advantageous if you and your partner cohabit; however, keeping things organised in a small space isn’t one of them. However, this one negative can be a thing of the past, whether you’re living in a studio apartment by yourself or living with family.
There are plenty of ways to maximise the space you have for a more comfortable life. With this in mind, we’ve put together some of our best, smart organisational strategies for small homes, designed to help all homeowners, even if your house isn’t on the small side! Read on for more!
Utilise Vertical Space and Avoid Putting Things on the Floor
Our first organisational strategy for small homes is to utilise your vertical space. If you’re constrained by small rooms, or the floor space is minimal, instead of going ‘out,’ go up! This is especially useful if you have small children and want to keep the floor space free of toys. You could achieve this by installing a vertical shelving unit or purchasing a fabric toy organiser hanging on the back of the door.
You can also utilise vertical space in other house areas, like an office or the kitchen, by investing in bookcases to store office supplies and appliances and using pegboards to mount tools and kitchen utensils. Remember, though, that sometimes boxy shelving units can overpower a small room and make it feel smaller than it really is. To combat this, look for or build ladder-style pieces with shelves that get narrower toward the top, which will help lighten the room’s look and feel and provide helpful storage for miscellaneous items.
Also, try to avoid putting things on the floor; obviously, we put furniture or rugs on the floor, but we mean to try not to use the floor as storage space. If you have small children, you’re probably guilty of this, as bigger toys can be hard to store and usually end up in the corner on the floor, but it soon starts to resemble a dumping ground and looks messy. Avoid this by sorting more oversized items in wardrobes or chests, where possible.
Find Creative Ways to Store Things
Many small homes lack sufficient storage space; however, this can be worked around if you find creative ways to combat this problem. Entryway storage, in particular, can pose quite a challenge to a small environment. To make up for storage space in your foyer area, you could try using a variety of hooks and open shelves to create a customised place for your friend’s and family’s coats and shoes. Or you could use bins or baskets on the shelves to organise belongings by family member or type of item.
Another threat in a small environment is bedroom and wardrobe storage; to make your space look more extensive, you could always consider an exposed wardrobe or slightly larger fitted wardrobes suitable for hiding clothes and unsightly items. If you already have a room with a wardrobe, you could try removing the doors to free up square footage and make the space appear bigger. If you don’t have built-in cabinets, you could always create an open wardrobe by hanging shelving and bins right on your wall. Or, if you’d prefer fitted wardrobes, browse the range of bespoke products from Bravo London, as they cater to a variety of different spaces and storage needs.
Declutter Your Home Often
Another smart organisational strategy for small spaces is to declutter – often. When you have less space to work with, you’ll have to let go of some belongings, especially if you’ve recently moved and downscaled. We recommend starting with throwing away broken items, donating items that are no longer of value to you, or you’ve outgrown and selling anything of value on online marketplaces. It’s also wise to make an inventory of what you have and then get rid of duplicate items whose job could be done by something else. If you need some tips on how to do this effectively, explore this internet guide on how to declutter your home.
You can also minimise clutter by being stringent on what is brought into your house, however tempting it is to make random purchases. It’s incredibly easy for items to catch your eye while browsing the local supermarket or for well-meaning friends and family members to try and offload items onto you, which can be hard to refuse.
Whenever you’re considering making a new purchase or accepting a hand-me-down, try and justify it by asking yourself if you would use it and how often, or would it be a duplicate of another item that can do the same job? Also, think about where you would store it and if you have room for the item? If you’re unsure about the answer to any of these questions, it probably isn’t worth purchasing, and the clutter that unnecessary purchases lead to isn’t worth it!