Since making the jump to America 19 years ago, I’ve moved many times. In Los Angeles, I first lived in two homes as a roommate, then in two tiny guest cottages, and in a small apartment.
When I met Don, I moved into the small guest house he lived in, before we moved to Westchester when Landon was six months old. There we lived in a condo for three months and then in a tiny upstairs apartment.
All of these places had one thing in common: not enough space!
But I have always been able to decorate and organize my small homes without having to spend a lot of money. I’ve used multi-functional furniture pieces in a way that create the illusion that we more space and found ways to create storage in the niftiest spaces because I don’tlike clutter.
Here are decorating and organizing tips that have helped me transform small spaces into cozy homes:
1. Create clever storage under the bed:
Ikea sells sturdy, large paper boxes that are really inexpensive, and I always use them under our bed for extra storage. They are the next best thing after these wooden boxes on wheels. Come to think of it, these would be such an easy DIY project!
2. Organize with baskets:
I bought a coffee table like this from Ikea years ago, and six baskets, and they served as storage space for small items for years.
3. Declutter with storage ottoman:
We are currently proud owners of four cheap storage ottoman from Target, and there will be more in our future. I just discovered this adorable one, but Target doesn’t seem to offer it anymore.
In the living room, I have two under our coffee table to hide Landon’s toys, and when we have visitors, the ottoman turn into extra seating. I also put two ottoman under our half-round side table in the kitchen.
4. Create a DIY desk with two filing cabinets:
My desk was never this cute, but I still have the same filing cabinets from years ago when I turned them into a simple desk.
5. Decorate with glass jars:
I use mason jars to hold nuts, cereal, cookies, leftovers, etc. — I just love the vintage look of them.
Do you have storage and decorating tips for small spaces? Please share them in a comment!
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