If you don’t have a lot of space in your home, or you are thinking of downsizing, you’ll love these storage ideas for small spaces!
Storage Tips for Small Space
Since making the jump to America 25+ years ago, I’ve moved many, many times.
In Los Angeles, I first lived in two homes with roommate, then in two tiny guest cottages, and then in a small apartment.
Yes, I moved about every year! I actually love moving — but that is another post, ha!
In New York, I 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.
In this post, I’ll show you how and share my tips.
I’ve often used multi-functional furniture pieces in a way that creates the illusion that I have more space and found ways to create storage in the niftiest spaces because I don’t like clutter.
Yes, I’m a collector of many things, but I don’t like clutter.
Here are decorating and organizing tips that have helped me transform many small places into cozy homes:
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1. Create clever storage under the bed:
IKEA sells sturdy, large paper boxes that are really inexpensive, and I’ve use them for years under my bed for extra storage.
They are the next best thing after nifty wooden boxes on wheels. Come to think of it, these would be such an easy DIY project!
You can buy really pretty ones on Amazon. They come in four different colors.
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. Sadly, they are not making it anymore.
Here are similar ones:
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.
Here are some really pretty, and affordable, options from Amazon that all get awesome ratings and are best sellers:
In the last two places we lived in before we bought and moved into the Blue Cottage, I put two storage ottoman under our coffee table to hide Landon’s toys, and when we had visitors, the ottomans turn into extra seating.
I also put two ottomans under our half-round side table in the kitchen.
4. Create a DIY desk with two filing cabinets:
Here is another one of my favorite storage tips for small spaces: my desk was never this cute, but for years my desk was two filing cabinets and an extra piece of wood.
I mean, you really don’t need more, and it’s so affordable! Plus, you can make the top as small or big as you need for the space you have available.
When you are on a budget, this is the way to go. Check out the similar setup I created for my son in his room.
Filing cabinets come with 2 to 5 drawers and in many colors. I also love these for a craft room!
5. Decorate with glass jars:
I use mason jars to hold nuts, cereal, cookies, leftovers, etc. — I just love the vintage look of them.
This is an awesome mason jar set with many different sizes!
You don’t even have to buy mason jars: you could simply upcycle pickle glass jars instead of throwing them away to store small items or dry food.
We have so many plastic animals my son doesn’t play with anymore, we could make tons of these fun glass jar containers for his room.
Do you have decorating ideas or storage tips for small spaces? Feel free to share them in a comment.
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