Small Space Organizing: Tips from a Professional Organizer

small space organizing tips from a professional organizer


shelving can be used as room dividers in small spaces

Living in a small space can be a challenge, but with a few small space organizing techniques, you can make the most of the square footage you have. Whether you’re dealing with an older home or a cramped room, these tips from can help you create a functional and stylish living space.

Small Space Organizing Tips

  1. Utilize Vertical Space: When you’re short on square footage, it’s important to make use of every inch of space you have. This includes vertical space. Use shelves, hanging organizers, and wall-mounted storage to keep items off the floor and out of the way. This will free up floor space and make your room feel more open and airy.
  2. Keep it Simple: When it comes to decorating a small space, less is more. Stick to a neutral color palette and a minimalist aesthetic to avoid overwhelming the space.
  3. Multi-Purpose Furniture: Invest in furniture that can be used for multiple purposes. For example, a storage ottoman can double as a coffee table or extra seating. A daybed can be used as a sofa during the day and a bed at night. Create room dividers out from shelving. 
  4. Clear the Clutter: Clutter can make a small space feel even smaller. Make it a habit to regularly declutter and get rid of items that you no longer need or use.
  5. Use Mirrors: Mirrors can make a small space feel larger by reflecting light and creating the illusion of more space. Hang a large mirror on one of your walls or use multiple smaller mirrors throughout the room.
  6. Organize with Baskets and Boxes: Baskets and boxes are great for keeping items organized and out of sight. Use them to store items like blankets, books, or even shoes.
  7. Maximize Your Closet Space: Closet space is often at a premium in small spaces. Use organizers and hangers to maximize the space you have. Make use of space-saving hangers, and consider using the back of the door to hang items. Consider implementing a capsule wardrobe- a collection of a limited number of clothing items that can be mixed and matched to create a variety of outfits. This gives you a lot of options while keeping the number of clothing items reasonable. 
  8. Have Open Space: While it can be tempting to use every square inch, deliberately leaving open floor space can help the area to feel significantly larger. Open spaces can make a room feel more spacious and open, which can make it feel more inviting and comfortable. Spaces can be used for multiple activities and can be easily rearranged to suit a variety of needs. Keep surface areas clear- tables, desks, and counters.  This creates a sense of calm and simplicity, which can improve mood and reduce stress.

By following these tips, organizing your small space will be smoother and you’ll be able to create a functional and stylish living area. Remember to keep it simple, utilize vertical space, and invest in multi-purpose furniture to make the most of your small space!

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Ashley Kippers

Professional Organizer & Simplicity Coach

My name is Ashley and my mission is to empower women by simplifying their homes to help women reclaim their time, energy, and space for what matters most to them. I focus on  Whole Home Simplification– the goal is to make the home more functional, efficient, and enjoyable to live in. 

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