Ten Organizational Tips for Small Homes
If you live in an area where the cost of rent is high, you may have to rent a small apartment. But that also means living in a clustered house. Before you start throwing out items you think are unnecessary, perhaps there’s a simple way to maximize the available space. Organizing small homes can go a long way in giving you sufficient space. Let’s discuss ten ideas on how you can organize a small home.
Ten Tips for Organizing Small Homes
1. Build A Shelf on the Door Way
Do you have a large open doorway between two rooms? Why not make it smaller by adding frames on the sides and the top? The frames you add will act as shelves where you can store books and other items. Not to mention it might make the space more stunning.
2. Utilize the Ceiling
While the floor space is usually clustered, the ceiling is often empty. Why not use it to store items you rarely use? All you need is a way to attach strong chains to the ceiling. Then you can hang that bike you only use on weekends. Plus, you can even build a suspended shelf to hold your items.
3. Use the walls
Don’t have built-in wall units? No problem. Free-standing wall units are even cheaper. And you can customize them to fit the shape of your wall. If the space is too tight, make the whole wall a storage area. You can even leave a small space from the wall as your working station.
4. Buy multipurpose furniture
A small apartment won’t allow you to buy every piece of furniture you want. But what if you can get items with multiple uses? For instance, some beds can have built-in storage boxes. And some coaches can be converted into a bed when you have a guest.
5. Use Shelves as Room Dividers
If your living room is a continuous open space, you can use shelves and cupboards to subdivide it. You can place a shelve between the dining and the sitting room to signify different zones. And if the shelf is open, it will pass light, meaning the place won’t look cluttered. Or you could use a free-standing cabinet to separate the living space from the entryway.
6. Divide Storage Units Vertically
Storage problems arise when you have longer items that can’t fit in the available space. And in many cases, there’s more space vertically than horizontally. So dividing the cupboard vertically allows you to store long items like ironing boards, mop and bucket, and vacuum cleaners. It also helps avoid fitting too many items in one compartment, which may cause problems accessing them.
7. Go with Bunk Beds for Kids
The old classic bunk bed is still the way to go if you have kids. It lets you save floor space for your kids to play or study. And if they have a sleepover, you won’t scratch your head too much thinking of where the kids will sleep. Plus, your own guests can crash in one of those beds when they visit.
8. Hide Unutilized Items
Start from your closet and identify clothes and shoes you haven’t worn for a year. It might be the right time to retire them. Check your kids’ old toys. Do they still play with them? They’re the reason you can’t find enough space for anything. Place them in a box and hide them under the bed. Or even better, donate them.
9. Let in Light
A space with insufficient light often looks smaller. So let there be light in your living room by using light curtains. Avoid blocking the windows and consider painting the house with brighter colors. Use glass tables and cabinets in the kitchen; they make the space look larger.
10. Question Your Purchases
Decluttering your house is of no use if you’re still going to stuff it with more items. It’s easy to walk into a store and desire some stylish-looking furniture. And it’s even more tempting when you can afford it. But getting it will recreate the problem you had. Before buying anything that takes significant space, consider whether it’s necessary. If you must get it, let it replace the old one.
Not all houses are similar. Some organizational tips will work better for you than others. Organizing small homes requires you to use every inch of the creative bone in your body. Don’t just focus on the floor space; there’s plenty of room on the walls. And if you get one of the multipurpose furniture, your problems may be over.