Storage Tips for Small Spaces
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!
Since making the jump to America 25 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 then in a small apartment.
Yes, I moved about every year! I love moving — but that is another post :)
When I met Don, I moved into the small guest house he lived in, before we moved to Westchester, NY, 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 have more space and found ways to create storage in the niftiest spaces because I don’t like clutter.
Yes, I’m a collector or many things, but I don’t like clutter.
Here are decorating and organizing tips that have helped me transform many small spaces 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 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!
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 is a similar one:
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 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 ottoman (ottomen?) 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:
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 filling cabinets and an extra piece of wood Don brought home from one of his jobs.
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. I created a similar setup for Landon in his room.
Filing cabinets come with 2 to 5 drawers and in many colors. I love this one 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.
I love this set!
You don’t even have to buy mason jars: you could also simply upcycle pickle glass jars instead of throwing them away to store small items or dry food.
We have so many plastic animals our son Landon doesn’t play with anymore, we could make tons of these glass jar containers for his room.
Do you have decorating ideas or storage tips for small spaces? Please share them in a comment!
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