Space Saving Hacks If You’ve Got More Stuff Than Room

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.

using a binder holder for plastic wrap
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Photo Credit: Pinterest / elizabeth

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 racks for bathroom storage
Photo Credit: Pinterest / Alexis Plumely
Photo Credit: Pinterest / Alexis Plumely

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.

using hanging racks to store dishes
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Photo Credit: Pinterest / hipswithswagger

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.

stackable plastic containers for bathroom things
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Photo Credit: Pinterest / Kathryn Knight

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.

mounting laundry baskets to the wall
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Photo Credit: Pinterest / Jessica Langlois

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.

using velcro to hang up remote controls
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Photo Credit: Pinterest / lifebuzz

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?

wine rack used for towel storage
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Photo Credit: Pinterest / Susan Garza Ulery

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.

Try Up-Cycling!

use wipes container for plastic bags
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Photo Credit: LISTOTIC / Lilly

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.

bedsheets inside pillow cases
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Photo Credit: Reddit / fungwahbus

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.

using a clip for hair elastics
Photo Credit: Reddit / Tardis_Hitchiker
Photo Credit: Reddit / Tardis_Hitchiker

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.

small shelf to go between fridge
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Photo Credit: Classy Clutter / username

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?

toilet paper rolls for storing wrapping paper
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Photo Credit: Apartment Therapy / username

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.

towel rack to store pot lids
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Photo Credit: Imgur

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.

putting garbage bags on a roll
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Photo Credit: Simply Organized

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.

using plastic chain for hangers
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Photo Credit: Brit+Co / Madeline Bachelder

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.

shoe holder for chargers
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Photo Credit: Reddit / Foople85

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.

using peg board for bedside storage
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Photo Credit: Better Homes & Garden / username

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.

folding shirts so they stack
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Photo Credit: Darkroom & Dearly

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.

drying rack over the sink
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Photo Credit: Imgur

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.

using binder clips to organize the freezer
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Photo Credit: Reddit / ion_citat

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.

attach kleenex to cork board
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Photo Credit: Imgur

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.

put cutting board on drawer
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Photo Credit: Reddit

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 shoes back to front
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Photo Credit: Reddit / obelokin95

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?

use chopsticks to stack bowls
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Photo Credit: Reddit / thriftyaf

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.

using tension rod for kitchen storage
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Photo Credit: Reddit / mmosie

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?

using tinsel to make a Christmas tree
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Photo Credit: Reddit / venusproxxy

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.

take freezer food out of boxes and put in bag
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Photo Credit: Reddit / MightBeInMyRightMind

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?

using hair clip to divide chargers
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Photo Credit: Reddit / aboustayyef

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.

use magnets to stick boxes to the fridge
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Photo Credit: Reddit / phi303

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.

use socks to pack clothes
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Photo Credit: Reddit / Itsascrnnam

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.