10 tips to maximize small spaces in your home
Quick and easy bedroom storage
Making the most of your kitchen
When storing back pots, pans and other durable items in your kitchen, stack them on their sides like files, this simple step not only creates more room, it also allows you to see exactly what you need. Caddies or sorters from the Container Store are great tools for organizing in this manner.
Neat and tidy pantry
Create room in your pantry by removing the large and awkward food packaging. Purchase clear, air-tight containers, take the box of your food item, and cut out the product name, nutritional facts and expiration date. Tape them to the inside of your clear container with the label facing out and then seal the food.
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Organizing bulk goods
Divide and conquer your dresser
Overdosed on new school clothes already? Place clothing in drawers vertically (not the traditional horizontal piles) because it not only maximizes space, it allows you to find items more quickly. You can purchase wooden planks or plastic planks to use as dividers. This way you can see all of your clothes at once when you open the drawer.
Say goodbye to closet clutter
If your shoes don’t have a place they end up in a pile taking up valuable space. Place shoes and accessories in clear plastic containers so you can see everything and tape their photo to the inside of their container with photo facing out. This little step gives you triple duty: more space, you can find it easily and better still you can put it away in the exact same spot for next time that hot date or girls’ or guy’s night rolls around…
Keeping your child organized
Is there room to add another bar? Take advantage of the fact that baby clothing is smaller and if you can, add an additional bar to hang the clothing to maximize space. You can purchase premade closet organizers like this one that you can customize to make the most out of baby’s closet.
Dorm room de-clutter
The more stuff you have stashed away the bigger your space will feel. Clear storage boxes can be a lifesaver in a small space and some even come in cool colored tints. Use those boxes for school supplies, files, clothes, phone chargers, electronics, etc. Keep your laundry basket on the floor of your closet if there is room. This will leave more free space in your dorm room.
Making the most of every room
Top tip for making more room in every room! Yes, you know it: de-clutter! Yes, be absolutely ruthless and realistic in every nook and corner of your house. If you haven’t used it in a year (which is an overly generous amount of time) it is time to donate or recycle it. But here’s a tip you might not know: If you just can’t part with those 1960 go-go boots, take a digital picture of them and then let them just keep on walking over to someone else’s closet… Make some room for you to make a new current hit!
Throw a reverse housewarming party
Once you have de-cluttered, find a new home for your stuff and start a new trend - throw a reverse housewarming party! Set aside your unwanted items and instead of having your friends bring a housewarming gift, they are to pick one of your items and take it home with them. This is a great way to reunite with friends, find your unwanted things a good home, and de-clutter all at the same time!
Laura McHolm is co-founder of NorthStar Moving Company and an organizational & storage expert. NorthStar Moving Company is an "A+" rated company, which specializes in providing eco-luxury moving and storage services.