Trying to keep your living space tidy can be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you don’t have a lot of space. Having to keep all your everyday items squished into the spaces you have available can make your home look a lot more cluttered and disorganized than it is.
Luckily, there are some pretty inexpensive ways to make the most of your space.
Make Use Of Cupboard Doors.
Buy some binder holders at the dollar store and stick them to your cupboard doors using double-sided tape or velcro. You can now use it to store things like plastic wrap and Ziploc bags.
Spice Shelves Make Great Storage.
Using spice shelves in places where you don’t have a lot of room is a great way to store things like hairspray and makeup. That way, they’re out in the open so you can see them and get to them easily.
Wire Racks Are Great For The Kitchen.
They help divide up space so you can store multiple kinds of dishes in your cupboards instead of stacking them all on top of each other, which makes it hard to get anything out.
Plastic Boxes For Bathroom Storage.
Having plastic boxes that can stack will make bathroom storage a breeze, especially if you scoop things up when they’re on sale. You’ll be able to see what you’re looking for without having to dig through things.
Keep Laundry Sorted.
Laundry takes up a lot of room, especially if you live somewhere where you don’t have access to machines all the time. Making a rack to vertically stack your laundry baskets will help keep you organized and save space.
Velcro Can Be Your Friend.
It’s a great way to create space by making use of cabinet walls or the sides of tables. Stick some on the back of remotes and controllers and put them on your tv cabinet walls. They’re out of the way and you know where to find them.
Got A Lot Of Extra Towels?
Hang a wine rack in the bathroom. You can roll the towels and stack them by size. If you want to throw a few bottles of wine on there to enjoy during bath time, we won’t judge.
With a little elbow grease, you can turn on old Lysol wipe container into a dispenser for extra plastic bags. It will look a lot neater than the bag with bags in it a lot of us have.
Store Bedsheets Together.
Fold a sheet set up and put it inside one of the pillowcases. It keeps them all together and makes them easy to stack. That is, of course, if you can figure out how to fold a fitted sheet.
Find Unlikely Solutions.
Use a carabiner to keep your hair elastics together, which is one of the worst offenders that is taking up space in a bathroom. You can easily hook them onto a shelf, or just store them in a drawer.
Get A Little DIY.
If you have the motivation and resources, building a simple rack to slide beside your fridge is a good space saver. Use it for spices and canned goods you don’t need all the time.
Lots Of Christmas Paper?
Instead of throwing it in a closet where it could get ruined, use old toilet paper rolls to keep them together. Put them in a plastic container after to keep them extra safe.
Use Curtain Rods In The Kitchen.
Screw them into a cupboard door and you have easy storage for pot lids and use S hooks to hang other kitchen items neatly. If you don’t have pot lids, you can use it for pans or serving dishes.
Get Some Giant Paper Rolls.
If you like to buy things in bulk, or you want to start doing so, install a couple of giant paper rolls in the kitchen. You can put the garbage bags on the rolls instead of keeping them in the bulky boxes.
Closet Space Is Always An Issue.
I’ve never lived in an apartment that has enough closet space. So what do you do when you have clothes that need to be hung and no space? A plastic chain works wonders for lighter clothes.
Keep Cords All In One Place.
Get an inexpensive shoe holder and hang it on the back of a closet wall. Then you can keep everything neat and untangle and easy to find when you need it.
Don’t Sacrifice The Look Of Your Space.
We all have an aesthetic, and sometimes storage hacks don’t match the look we are trying to go for. But, that doesn’t have to be the case. You can spray paint a pegboard and use it to hang decorations as well as jewelry and any knick-knacks.
Practice Good Folding.
It can be tempting to just throw our clean laundry into dresser drawers, but spending a bit of time folding our clothes will make a big difference. If you fold them in half and then half again, you can see what they are if you stack the sideways.
I Would Never Have Thought Of This One.
Using some supplies from the hardware store, you can fasten your dish drying rack over your sink. It will save a lot of counter space that you can use for other things.
Binder Clips Have Many Uses.
Who even thinks of hanging frozen veggies from a rack in your freezer? It keeps the shelves free for bigger items. Plus, it keeps the bags closed tight and will help food from getting freezer burnt.
For Those Who Have Constant Runny Noses.
All it takes is some string and to make a holder for your Kleenex. You don’t realize how much space it takes up until it’s there. Plus, they’ll be easier to get to this way.
Create Makeshift Spaces.
Nothing is worse than having a crowded counter. So to save some space, put a cutting board over a drawer to give you more counter space when cooking. It will give you a little extra elbow room.
Stack Things Neatly.
Stacking your shoes neatly top to bottom will take up a lot less room than keeping them top up. They might also be less likely to get dirty this way, too.
In A Pinch?
Using chopsticks can provide a quick solution when your fridge is crammed full. Place them on top of a bowl an equal distance apart and voila, stackable bowls. Who needs fancy plastic containers?
Make Space For Little Things.
A tension rod is a great way to create a space for smaller odds and ends. Using S hooks, you can hang teacups or cooking utensils so they’re easily accessible, but out of the way.
Like Decorating For The Holidays?
You still can, even if you live in a small space. Use tinsel to make a beautiful Christmas tree with lights to keep you in the holiday spirit, without all the work and space that goes into having a real tree.
Small Freezers Are The Worst.
One way to help with space is to take freezer food out of the boxes and put them into large Ziploc bags. They take up less room when you stack them. Just make sure you label them clearly and keep the instructions.
Can’t We All Agree On One Charger?
The answer seems to be no, so while we live in a world where each device needs its own charger, we can keep them organized by dividing them up using a claw clip.
Let Magnets Be Your Friend.
A couple of good strong magnets can have a variety of uses in the kitchen. One that will help you save space is using them to put boxes of items you use every day in a place that’s easy for you to get to.
The Dreaded Carry On Bag.
Baggage fees can be outrageous, but packing for ten days takes a lot of space. If you roll your shirts, underwear, and anything else that can be made compact, you can put them into your socks.