It’s one thing to have a “junk drawer” in your house. Eventually, they just seem to form in people’s homes. They’re a good place to keep random, cluttered items.
But sometimes, that clutter escapes the confines of the junk drawer and begins to spread. If left unchecked, you could wind up with a junk closet or even a junk room.
And that can make living in a small space seem even smaller. That’s why we’ve put together these small space storage tips to help you better enjoy your home.
1. Clear the floor
If clutter has encroached on your living space, it can make things feel cramped. Gain some ground by installing some small cube or rectangular shelving units.
2. Use the floor
Your closet floor, that is. When you have a lot of long-hanging pieces of clothing, it can make your closet feel more crowded than it is. Give yourself more space by keeping long-hanging pieces to one side of the closet, and using that newly-open space to house a shoe rack, some boxes, or a tiny dresser.
3. Don’t ignore small spaces
You don’t need several feet of wall to hang shelves. Put them in narrow nooks to hold just a few objects. For example, if you have a little bit of space in the kitchen, put up a small shelf to store cookbooks.
4. Keep clothes in line with shelf dividers
How often have you carefully folded a bunch of sweaters or t-shirts, put them in a stack on a closet shelf, and then come back to find that stack has toppled over? With a shelf divider, you can ensure your folded clothing stays in place.
5. The joy of hooks
Head into your closet. If you find any exposed wall or door space, hang some hooks. It’s a great small space storage solution, allowing you a place to hang belts, ties, purses and jewelry. If you’re still pressed for space, consider using extender rods to give yourself more room to hang clothing.
6. Clear out the clutter
When your closet design doesn’t give you a lot of room to work with, every inch of space matters. Start thinking about what you really want to keep, and what you can stand to lose.
In fact, apply that thinking to your whole home, not just the closet. Think about the clothes you don’t wear, the books you aren’t going to read again, the DVDs you don’t watch, the CDs – assuming you still have CDs – you haven’t listened to in a while.
Pack all of that up, and give it away or find a way to sell it off.
7. Your top shelf can be top-shelf
Make the most of the upper shelf of your closet by using it to stack storage bins and shoe boxes, or using it to keep luggage or clothing that you want to keep but isn’t yet in season.
8. Organize that junk drawer
This is a small thing compared to organizing your closet, but we’d argue that it has some fine psychological benefits.
Just as with your closet, purge the drawer of everything you don’t truly need. Then purchase some dividers and bins to keep stationery, loose change, first aid items, etc.
Do you need help in your battle against clutter? Contact Closets & Cabinetry. Our closet design consultants are adept at finding small space storage solutions for closets, garages, and every other room of the house.