How to organise a small space in 7 simple steps

1. Declutter, declutter, declutter

As always – I’m going to encourage you to declutter and purge one more time.
Keep an eye out for things that serve only one purpose and ask yourself whether there’s another way you can accomplish whatever task that item is used for.
Certain items in the kitchen come to mind like bulky rice cookers or bread machines or even yogurt makers. Those things take up valuable space for a small return so unless you use them regularly consider ditching these items.

2. Your things should multitask wherever possible

Second, while we’re on the topic of items that can be used for multiple purposes, consider replacing pieces of furniture with those that can give you some much-needed storage.
An ottoman with hidden storage space inside is a great idea. Dining tables that can fold away easily to be out of the way or that double as a home desk are also good. And, bedside tables that don’t have lots of storage built-in should be replaced with those that do.

3. Maximise the space you have

Now for a little creativity… finding unused or underutilised spaces in your home.
This is the time to look at your spaces in a new and considered way. How might you use what you have differently or more efficiently?
Where is the ‘dead space’ that seems unusable? What areas are under-utilised? Look for storage spaces you might not have seen or considered before.
In my experience, there’s often lots of this kind of space.

4. Vertical space to the rescue

Utilising the vertical spaces in your home can often provide a workable and stylish solution to storage problems.
First, check your walls. Shelving can be installed, folding chairs can be hung, and easily installed hooks can be used. In the bedroom, jewellery can be hung on walls.

5. What’s on the back of your doors?

Next, what’s behind your doors? My favourite tip for giving people extra storage space is over-the-door storage organisers.
They can be hung on both the bedroom and the bathroom doors and will add quite a lot of extra ‘drawer’ space.
These areas are great for socks, underwear and gym clothes in the bedroom, and toiletries and hair appliances store well in these organisers in the bathroom.

6. Under your bed works, too

Finally, look down. Under your bed is a great place for luggage that’s not being used. And, by the way, consider storing all of your out-of-season clothing in your luggage when you’re not using it.
If you don’t have enough room under your bed, risers are sold at most DIY types of stores. They’re inexpensive and work really well to give you a little bit room under there.

7. Storage tricks inside cupboards

There are some simple and inexpensive things you can do to increase the storage capacity of your cupboards.
Placing risers in your cupboards can double your shelf space. Tension rods can be installed under most sinks and in most lower-level cabinets.
You can hang all sorts of things there, like cleaning supplies to keep them out of the way and not on the floor of the cabinet.

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