Easy Weekend Garage Organization Ideas

When spring cleaning comes around, one of the most dreaded tasks is cleaning out the garage. Garages have become one of the most popular storage spaces in the house. Garages are out of the way from your common living area and have ample space around the walls that isn’t taken up by your car. However, because of the convenience, garages begin to accumulate so much stuff that they become cluttered and overwhelming. By using some of these garage organization ideas, you can tackle the challenge that is your garage this spring! garage-organization-tips

Before Organizing Your Garage

Sorting & Consolidating Before you start to organize all of the items in your garage, it’s important to know what you actually have. Many people just throw items into their storage space and forget about them. This leads to having a lot of duplicates and unwanted items in your garage taking up valuable space. To start the organization process, take an inventory of everything you have in your garage. Not only should you get rid of any duplicates, but you should also let go of any items that you don’t want or need anymore. This could be through a yard sale, giving them away to charity, or simply throwing them out. It can be difficult to let go of things that you’ve had for a while, but this can help you to streamline your space and make your garage organizing last. This can kick start any garage organization ideas that you may have. Zoning Because many garages are the size of a small apartment, you can utilize some small apartment organization ideas and apply them to your garage. Instead of zoning your space into rooms like you would in an apartment, you can zone all of your belongings by function or activity. This helps to keep the space organized after you’ve gone through all of the hard work. It also makes items much easier to find later. Start the zoning when you’re consolidating and taking your inventory by sorting your belongings and keeping like items together. This will help to maximize your space and have a flow to your garage’s organization. For instance, keep your everyday items, such as dog food  and canned goods, close to the door and easily accessible. Sporting equipment can be kept together so you can easily find it all later.
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Garage Storage Systems

Organization Benefits Storage systems come a ton of different shapes and sizes. All of them hold the same organization benefits. When you start to wade through the many different garage organization ideas, storage systems are probably one of the first things to come up. No matter what form they take, they usually line the walls leave the middle of your garage open. It may be a tight fit, but you can still keep your car’s parking spot and have your storage space. They often come in a variety of sizes to cater to the different things you may be storing in your garage. This allows you to maximize your garage’s storage space by only using spaces that fit the items you’re storing. Design Options Storage systems come in two basic designs and then different combinations of the two. The first is a standard shelving unit. You can buy these premade in a variety of materials and sizes. They range from PVC kits that lock together to welded metal shelving units. These are probably the most common form of garage storage that homeowner’s use. The second storage system that homeowners commonly use in their garages are cabinet sets. These can be found on garage walls that also house work benches. They can be used to hold tools and hardware in a somewhat organized fashion. The benefit of cabinets is that they can have opaque door that’s can hide any mess inside the unit. If you want to make the most of your garage storage system, you can use a combination of both. This gives you the flexibility of closed cabinets and open shelving. DIY Building your own garage storage system is easy! The simple frames make it an easy weekend DIY project. The shelving unit can be constructed from lumber from any home improvement store. It’s a simple frame that can be made from 2x4”s and oriented strand board. Cabinets will be a little more complicated, as they have more hardware involved, but they’re still an easy DIY project. One of the major benefits of making your storage system a DIY project is the complete control over size and shape that you have. If you can’t find a premade unit that fits your space or you have found one but it’s out of budget, you can easily make one yourself. If you’re concerned about the stability of your shelving unit, you can always bolt it to the wall as well. This stabilizes your storage system and gives you a permanent garage organization solution.

Garage Wall Storage

Organization Benefits Just like the small apartment organization tips, tiny house storage ideas can give you a lot of inspiration for organizing your garage. Tiny homes have to use every part of their available space including the walls themselves. Wall storage and displaying items are common features in tiny homes that are looking to maximize their space. Wall storage uses the wall space for its storage space without taking any floor space. While it may seem like the same garage organization idea as a storage system, wall storage design have virtually no footprint in your garage. This gives your car a large parking space and frees up the walking path surrounding your car. Wall storage solutions give you the opportunity for more aesthetically pleasing storage options. You can add small baskets or metal bins to your walls for an organized storage wall in your garage. Wall storage is also a popular option for garages that hold a lot of recreational equipment, such as bikes, surfboards, and skateboards.
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Design Options There are two common design options for wall storage. The first is peg boards. These boards can easily be attached the wall and feature small holes that can hold hooks and pegs to hang things on. The versatility of the pegboard design option is featured in several different ways. Because it’s completely open and you choose where to insert the pegs, your peg board can hold a wide range of sizes. It accommodates larger collections, such as different tools that would normally be housed in the garage. One way to be sure that all of the items fit back onto your peg board is to draw outlines around each item. This makes sure that you know where each item goes, and if anything is missing. Slat walls are another wall storage option. They have the same basic concept of open storage on the wall by creating spaces to hang storage materials in the wall itself. It differs from the peg boards by creating tracks in the wall where you would slide the storage systems on rather than hang them on pegs in the wall. This may be a more stable option as it is held by the weight of the wall itself, rather than an individual peg. These storage solutions are often hooks or wire baskets that are made with the piece on the back to fit into the ridges of the wall. Because of the wide spaces between slats, the outline design would be very different to achieve with this garage organization idea. DIY A peg board is one of the easiest DIY projects that you could use in your garage. In the most basic form, a pegboard is a wooden board with uniform holes drilled into it to hold pegs of a certain size and support different storage ideas. If you want the traditional tiny hole pegboard, that’s easily achievable with the right drill bit size. However, if you want a unique peg board that you can’t find in a store, you can use a larger drill bit to create a jumbo peg board. Jumbo pegboards tend to be able to support more weight as the pegs are larger. The process is the same for both designs. Mark off where you’ll drill the holes with a pencil, being sure to make all the spaces even. One way to make sure it’s even is to draw a grid and mark the meeting points. Once you’ve drilled the holes, you can leave the board in its natural state or you can paint it to give it a clean and polished finish. There are DIY versions of a slat wall for your garage, but it’s a little more complicated than the basic pegboard. The project can be completed in an afternoon if you’re an experienced DIY-er. The easiest DIY slat wall design starts with plywood boards that you cut and sand down to form T boards. Once you have your desired number of T boards, fasten them to your baseboard from the back. This will create the tracks in between the different slats. While it’s a simple DIY project and very possible, DIY slat walls should always be tested to ensure they can hold the weight that you intend to hang on it.

Garage Vertical Storage

Organization Benefits If you have a particularly small garage, you can maximize the space by using vertical storage techniques. Garage organization ideas don’t have to stay on the ground. You can use the open space in your garage’s ceiling for extra storage. This keeps the entire floor open for your car or even more storage. Attics in the main house are commonly used for storage. You can apply this idea to your garage for extra storage space. Design Options The first ceiling storage design is a sliding storage system. This storage solution is made up a series of tracks attached to the ceiling of your garage that fit around the lips of plastic tubs. This can be as simple as a singular straight track that is long enough for one or two tubs. However, you can also install tracks that run along entire ceiling. Obviously your plastic bins won’t fit around curves, but you can install several straight tracks to maximize your ceiling space. Many people fit these in the negative space between the ceiling and the garage door when it is fully open. These tubs should be limited to lighter items, such as seasonal decorations. As access to these items can be difficult, you don’t want to store plastic bins that you will need to regularly use. The second ceiling storage design is a storage loft in your garage. Garages with storage lofts are taking a hint from tiny homes and creating square footage by creating a raised platform in the garage. While this option is on a much larger scale than the sliding storage system, it is more stable and is better for items that you will want regular access to. Built like a mezzanine, your storage loft has an open face that is lined with railing for safety. You can use other garage organization ideas in your storage loft, such as shelving systems. Garages with lofts also need a means of access to their new space. There are several loft stair options, but the two most common are ladders and spiral stairs. A ladder is a great option for small spaces because of its small footprint and mobility. It can be moved around the space as you need it. However, if you plan on accessing the space often or carrying heavy boxes up and down from your loft, a ladder won’t be the most stable option. The lack of handrails can also make it dangerous for those carrying boxes. A spiral stair has a larger footprint than a ladder, but it’s still smaller than almost any other staircase option. It’s kept to a small circle in the corner of your garage and out of the way of your parking space. It has handrails for safe use and full steps that are more stable than ladder rungs. If your garage lacks the space for a spiral stair inside, consider an outside entrance to your second floor. A spiral stair can stand up to the elements and still take up a very small space in your yard. DIY Ceiling tracks are a simple DIY project that can be completed in a day. The frame is made from 2x4s and plywood. You want to measure the plastic bins you plan on using to make sure the tracks fit the space and the bins themselves. If you plan to install your sliding storage system between your garage door and ceiling, you want to make sure your bins will fit in this space. If you plan to install it somewhere else in the garage, measure to make sure the tracks aren’t too long. After you’ve measured and constructed the tracks, stabilize the frame and secure them to the ceiling of the garage. Building a storage loft to your garage may seem like a large project, but you can easily do it in a weekend. Garages with lofts are becoming more popular as people are looking for square footage in their homes and DIY-ers are finding easy ways to build the frames. Most garages with storage lofts feature a basic square wood frame. The project typically takes two days and requires some intermediate skill level. Your garage is the usually the place that unwanted or seasonal items are stored in. This also means that it can quickly become the most cluttered space in your house. These weekend organization tips give you easy fixes to an otherwise overwhelming room. Get a head start on your spring cleaning with these quick projects.

3 Places to Find Storage in Your Tiny Home

When homeowners decide to move into a tiny house, they are often faced with the challenge of storing their belongings. Renting out a storage unit seems counter intuitive, as most people move to tiny homes to save money and live a more minimalist, clutter free lifestyle. This means homeowners must find or create the space in their small house. There are a lot of considerations that go into tiny house storage ideas. Because the space is small to begin with, avoiding clutter is essential to living comfortably. You also want simple design to compliment the minimalist lifestyle that comes with a tiny home. These small home storage ideas will give you some inspiration when looking for organization!
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Built In Storage

Storage Lofts When you live in a tiny house, you’re always look for a way to add space without adding square footage. Lofts are common in tiny homes because they utilize previously unused space. While they are typically used for bedrooms, lofts are a great tiny house storage idea. The space above a door or a kitchen is the perfect place to add a storage loft that is out of the way. This keeps your floor space open, which helps the home to feel larger. It’s also a great way to use space that you can’t use as a bedroom due to steep sloped ceilings. This particular storage loft uses baskets to keep the space organized. By keeping the storage loft small, you’re not sacrificing any minimalist style that you would otherwise be looking for in a tiny home. tiny-house-spiral-stairLadders & Spiral Stairs When you decide to incorporate a storage loft into your tiny house, you’re going to have to find a way to access the space. Tiny house stairs are as important as any other piece of decor in your home. You want something that is safe and stable, but isn’t going to take up all of the floor space that you just created. Ladders are the most common choice for tiny homes because they have the smallest footprint. They can be moved out of the way when they’re not in use and are usually cheap. However, it’s very difficult to carry things up and down a ladder. This defeats the purpose of installing a storage loft. A spiral stair gives you a great solution to this problem. Not only is your footprint kept to a small circle around your spiral stair, but you have full steps and a handrail. This gives you a safe and stable way to access your storage loft while carrying things up and down the stairs.  
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Built In Shelving Built in shelving is the perfect way to create storage in your house. By incorporating the shelves into the walls of your home, you’re taking the shelving units off of the floor and using previously unused space. The key to maximizing space using built in shelves is to keep them shallow. Your shelves should just be wide enough for one layer of cans or jars. This keeps it close to the wall. Many tiny homes use these shelves as a pantry in the kitchen. Because kitchens have the most extra appliances and usually take up the most space, shallow shelves help to minimize the footprint of an extra pantry.  
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Floor Storage If you want to keep your floors open, why not add storage underneath your floor? Trap door storage is a great way to keep your belongings that are in storage out of the way. These hidden compartments can hold anything you want to store! They can easily be built into your home by incorporating raised floors into your floor plan. If you don’t want to raise the entire floor, create a platform in your home. For instance, if you raise a section of your floor, you can sink your bed into the platform and use the surrounding area as floor storage.  
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Slide Out Shelving Part of owning a tiny house means finding space that’s built into your home and repurposing it. When you start to look at your home’s walls, there are plenty of spaces between studs that are open for extra storage. If you want to keep the solid wall look, you can install slide out shelving. While most tiny homes use this space for a pantry, you can incorporate this hidden storage into any room. The picture above shows shelving in a bathroom that’s hidden in the nook behind the shower. Most alcoves are located around a piece of furniture, making your home fit together perfectly. The key to an efficient and organized tiny home is fitting everything together like puzzle pieces.
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Storage Furniture

Storage Bed When you think about it, a storage bed is the perfect piece of multifunctional furniture for a tiny house. If you’re going to need a bed anyway, why not give it multiple uses? Under bed storage isn’t a new concept, but there are new ways to incorporate it into your tiny house. The first way is to incorporate hydraulics into your bedframe. Create a bedframe that has hinges at the head of the bed. This allows you to raise your mattress and open up the space underneath. Another way to incorporate storage into your bedframe is to use drawers as the base. By using drawers as the bed frame, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Not only are you creating a sturdy bedframe, but you’re creating storage space in your tiny home.
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Storage Seating The combination of storage and seating is a great way to save space in any home. Tiny homes take advantage of this furniture design by using built in seating that has a multifunctional purpose. Built in benches hold a few different options when it comes to added storage. The first is a classic toy bench design with a lift up seat. This is the most popular design as it provides the most storage of out the bench itself. While some choose to store extra blankets and pillows, tiny homes have other things they need to hide in a small space. The storage bench pictured above is the hiding place of a small water heater. Some choose to use the same slide out shelving idea and incorporate it into their bench design. These drawers are usually as long as the bench itself and pull out the endcap of the seat. If you want a more mobile storage seating option, ottomans are the perfect solution. The small pieces of furniture can be moved around to create space in a common area or provide seating somewhere else in the home. The cubes can be opened to create a storage container for anything you’d like.

Storage as Décor

One way to use storage without clutter is to incorporate it as part of your décor. This help you to create a beautiful space, while finding places for all of your belongings. If you have an interesting collection, don’t hide it in the hidden storage options listed above. Take advantage of their unique nature to decorate your home! As previously mentioned, open floor space helps your tiny home to feel larger. Take full advantage of your wall space to create storage without a large footprint.
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Floating Shelves Shelving units are an obvious storage solution for any home, but when your floor space is at a premium your options may be limited. Bookshelves provide lots of space, but they tend to have a large footprint. Floating shelves are the perfect answer to this problem. By attaching the shelves directly to the wall, you are freeing up the floor space without losing any storage. The heights of each shelf are completely customizable, which gives you the ability to create a dynamic and interesting shelving unit that features different heights and shapes. Open shelving also helps your space to feel bigger. You’re not closing the space in with cabinet doors or walls of a bookshelf. This new open storage space is the perfect place to create interesting home décor out of things you would usually store, such as dishes or cups.
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Baskets Baskets are one of the most flexible tiny house storage ideas. They come in a wide range of styles and sizes that can complement any home design. You can keep your baskets open for easy access if you’re storing things like blankets or pillows. If you decide you want a more hidden storage option for things like electronics, you can add a lid. This gives them the same function as a plastic storage bin, but in a more aesthetically pleasing design. The wide range of sizes means that they can fit wherever you need them in your home. They can fit in small nooks between furniture or be a larger accent piece to your home décor.
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Hooks The simplest tiny house storage idea is to incorporate hooks into your wall décor. They’re small enough that can be installed anywhere in the home to provide extra storage without taking up floor space. The hooks can also replace furniture that would otherwise take up valuable floor space. An obvious use for the hooks is clothing storage. Hooks up against a wall can be used as a replacement for a full closet that would otherwise take up floor space. If you want to keep a more traditional clothing storage solution, you can still use hooks to organize your space. Smaller baskets can be hung for decorative storage solutions. Hooks can also be used in your kitchen to free up cabinet space. By hanging your pots and pans on the wall, you can create more space for pantry items. This will also give your tiny home an industrial touch that is similar to an urban apartment.
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Peg Boards One aesthetic that many owners of tiny home want to avoid is a shed or garage. Just because a tiny home is small, doesn’t mean it should feel any like any less of a home. Because of this, many homeowners stay away from peg board walls. They are usually found in garages and are used for tools storage. However, peg board has different design styles and uses for any room in your home, tiny or not. You can incorporate peg board into your kitchen walls and use it to display pots and pans. The famous chef Julia Child was the one to popularize this design idea. For extra design, take another tip from Julia and outline your pots and pans on the wall. Not only does this add an interesting aspect to the otherwise boring wall, but it also tells you where each one fits! You don’t have to keep the peg board plain white either. Paint the board to add a pop of color and brighten your home. You can then stencil each pan in a complimentary color. If you want peg board storage for larger items, you can make a large scale peg board as a DIY project. These larger pegs can support full shelves for even more storage. Owning a tiny home doesn’t have to mean stripping down all of your belongings! With clever storage solutions, all of your collections and necessary items can be comfortably stored in your tiny home without overwhelming your space. The design ideas range from hidden compartments to open shelving and can easily be molded to fit your tiny home design!

Clever Hidden Storage Ideas in Every Room

 
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Kitchen Hidden Storage

Most kitchens have built in storage between the shelves and cabinets. Common designs have cabinets and open shelving, but you may not want to display all of your belongings at all times. If you have company coming over, or just want a hidden way to store extra kitchen items, there are small nooks hidden all over the room! If you have limited space, a slide out pantry is the perfect solution. A thin vertical drawer that holds herbs and spices can easily fit between the fridge and counter, or you can have a wider drawer that holds boxes and cans that you would typically find in a pantry. This keeps your items easily accessible, but cleverly hidden in a smaller space. Another kitchen cabinet modification idea is to add more vertical storage space. The space between a standard cabinet and the ceiling is typically unused. By adding in another cabinet, you are able to store things without having them on display in an open space. If you want to keep the space a little more open than a solid cabinet, the addition of a frosted glass panel can break up the dark wood. If you have an island as the centerpiece to your kitchen, consider using any empty space at the base as storage. Installing drawers in the baseboards is one way to hide the extra storage space. For some truly hidden storage, consider remodeling your range hood over your stove. This can be a DIY design that extends the range hood out to create a large space in front of the actual hardware. For some temporary hidden storage, your oven is an option. If your guests are coming soon and you need to hide some cookware, your oven is a no brainer. It’s out of the way and in a place where guests aren’t going to be looking. It’s also the perfect place to get hot pots off of the counter. They can cool without risking anyone burning their hands.
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Living Room Hidden Storage

Your living room has ample opportunities for hidden storage spaces. The one thing that’s in every family room is either a couch or bench. This can easily be transformed into a multifunctional piece with hidden storage for extra blankets, movies, and pillows. Benches and couches with hinged cushions create a trunk like space for bulky blankets and pillows. If you have a wooden bench, you can always add cushions and a slipcover. This would be a better option for items that aren’t commonly used. If you want a place to store your DVDS without using bookshelves, consider installing drawers underneath your couch frame. This is space that is probably being unused and is out of the way. While it may not be completely hidden, it is definitely out of plain sight. If you want to keep your storage a little more hidden, a pop out coffee table is the perfect place for small items, such as remotes and books. If you want more storage in your coffee table, consider using hinges to create a trunk. Old trunks are a trendy rustic option for those looking for extra storage in their coffee table. Many homeowners use their living room as a gathering place with large entertainment systems. This means lots of wires, electronics, and mess. A technology closet is a great way to hide the tangle of wires. If you don’t want to draw attention to the closet with a traditional door, a mirror or piece of framed art is a great cover. It can be fastened to the wall so it can be swung open like a door. This is also a popular place to hide safes and valuables, such as jewelry. If you have a wireless router on a shelf in your living room, consider hiding it behind false books. This is an easy DIY project that can really change the look of your shelves. Cut the spines off of old hard cover and attach them to the front of a basic wooden frame. This leave a small nook that’s the perfect size for your wireless router. Your staircase is another great place to have a hidden storage space. The cupboard under the stairs is a normal storage spot, particularly in old homes. However, you can make the door blend into the space with strategically placed molding. Another stair storage option is to have a modified false step design. You can either hinge the treads to create small trunks or use drawers as the base of each step. Not only does this save space, but it also hides the eyesores that are usually left at the bottom of the stairs, such as shoes and toys. If your staircase has a landing, consider a trap door style storage space. This creates a completely hidden space that can hold bigger items like extra duvets and pillows for a guest room.
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Bedroom Hidden Storage

Many homeowners want their bedroom to be a place of calmness and order. It’s hard to feel at peace when your room is cluttered and overrun with stuff. Hidden storage can help you feel more organized and calmer. A headboard with built in drawers and shelves is one way to take the clutter off of your floor. Under bed storage is a common form of hidden storage. It takes the same idea as the drawers under your couch and applies to your bedroom. There are the standard storage bags and large containers that are made to fit under your bed. However, you can have truly hidden storage by using a hinged mattress. By utilizing this small space organization tip, you can have a hidden space at the center of your bedframe that can also utilize storage. If you want some extreme under the bed storage, you can raise the floor around your bed to create many different trap door storage opportunities. By doing this, you’re not only creating a very large hidden storage space, but you can also sink the bed into the platform to create a cozier feel. These spaces can hold everything from extra bedding to out of season clothing.
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Bathroom Hidden Storage

While it may seem like your storage options for a bathroom are limited to open shelves and medicine cabinets, there are a few unexpected hidden storage ideas. The most unexpected design is a hinged bathtub frame. This is probably one of the most clever hidden storage spaces. The design uses the basic bowl of the bathtub and creates the square frame around it using tilt out drawers. This is the perfect place for cleaning supplies and frees up space under the sink or in a hall closet. You can use this design and apply it to your bathroom counter as well. Many counters feature false drawers above their cabinets. Create a tilt out drawer that can hold hair styling tools or makeup, freeing up a traditional drawer. You can also create a tilt out hamper to keep your bathroom clean and organized. If your bathroom features a half wall at the end of your bath or small nooks where the wall juts out, you have the perfect place for pull out shelving. This is the same design as the small pantry in the kitchen, but repurposed for the space! If you don’t have room for a bathroom closet, this can be a place for extra toilet paper or other supplies you need in your bathroom. This can also be used as a pull out towel rack. This is creating space by using the inside of your home’s walls.

Hidden Rooms

You don’t have to limit your hidden storage to small spaces. If you have the space, hidden rooms can be a great addition. Not only does it give you the storage space you want, but you get that square footage without sacrificing a full basement or your garage. The first type of hidden rooms are ones that are on the same level and simple have secret entries. This can be part of a walk through closet or hidden behind a built in bookshelf. The more complicated designs feature hidden rooms that are on another floor. Popular designs for hidden rooms feature wine cellars. These rooms have a trap door style entry and often lead down to the basement. If you’re a wine collector, or just an avid wine drinker, this frees up space in your kitchen that would otherwise be taken up by bottles. Another multi-level hidden storage option is a storage loft. These are typically tucked into the back end of a house and create square footage with a lofted space. If you choose a multi-floor design, you’ll need to access that space. A ladder is a popular option because it has the smallest footprint of all the options. However, it’s often times not stable and it’s difficult to carry things up and down your ladder. A spiral stair can solve these issues for you. They have a small footprint and can be maneuvered to fit your space. If your home doesn’t have a garage or basement, you may feel like your options are limited when it comes to storage. While open shelving is a popular design trend, you may not want to display all of your belongings throughout your house. These hidden storage ideas can be as small as a compartment in your coffee table and as involved as a storage loft! With a little cleverness, you can find storage solutions anywhere in your home.

9 Steps to Small Apartment Organization

Living in a small space has numerous benefits, but it’s easy to lose sight of them when you’re facing a storage shortage. Curbing clutter and conquering spatial challenges is the best way to make the most of your home and to remind you of the way you felt when you fell in love with the space originally. Use these practical organization ideas to bring energy and order back into your tiny apartment.

1. Take an Assessment

Honestly, how many things can you really fit in one room or one closet? Take advice from experts like organizing guru Marie Kondo and Graham Hill, the founder of TreeHugger.com and LifeEdited. The concepts of editing your life and curating your possessions have become new trends thanks to these innovators. We all have our favorite pieces from our childhoods, but according to Kondo, you don’t need to keep items out of guilt or for sentimental reasons. Letting things go if they are worn out or don’t “spark joy” can free them and make you feel better. Consider Hill’s idea that we don’t need an excess of stuff to be happy. People who have made these changes say that curating their belongings had a positive effect, changed their lives and fostered new interests.

2. Give Back by Giving Away

There’s no better way to pare down your belongings than to give back. As you take an inventory, note duplicate items and things that you rarely use. If you can, only keep items that you use regularly. If there are objects that you aren’t using, toss them. Try to drop off your donation quickly to avoid any second guessing. Whether you pare down your wardrobe, reinvent your pantry or donate spare furniture, this step will make it easier to organize the rest of your home.

3.Define Spaces

Whether you live in a 300-square-foot studio or a two-bedroom apartment, each room should have a purpose. Multipurpose spaces are excellent, particularly in small spaces. However, that doesn’t mean that different parts of your life, such as work and free-time, need to mingle. Ideally, mixed spaces should have enough storage so that they don’t overflow and invade one another. Visually separate different areas with furniture, curtains or a partition. Defined spaces minimize chaos.

4. Move Items into Zones

Once you’ve defined your spaces, it’s easier to organize the contents of your home and to make sure that everything has a logical place. Before you organize every room and cupboard, make sure that things are placed in the area where they will be used. Free up space in your bathroom or hall closet by storing blankets and sheets in a bedroom. Make sure that electronic cables, reams of paper and office supplies are stored near your workstation. Consolidating similar items will give you a better picture of what you have and what you need. This featured apartment has defined spaces for each activity, where it be cooking, dining, or watching TV.

5. Claim Empty Space

Spare corners and awkward spaces have a purpose too. There’s no shortage of products created especially for these challenging areas. Corners can become functional storage areas with a triangular accent tale or a set of drawers.  L-shaped desks can turn the corner of a room into a niche workspace. Consider ways that you can maximize the challenging spaces in your apartment.

6. Think Vertically

Vertical space is often forgotten in small apartments. The space between the ceiling and top of kitchen cabinets is ideal for larger items that aren’t required often such as platters and serving trays. Place these items in decorative baskets or boxes for a more polished look. Shelving is an ideal way to keep your storage areas out of you way. If you’re a renter and can’t make permanent changes, bookshelves provide the extra space you need. If you prefer a more drastic approach, think about building a loft in a high-ceiling apartment. You could even replace traditional stairs with a stylish spiral staircase that will save space on both floors

7. Use More Space

Vertical storage is only the beginning of unconventional space saving. Under bed storage is a storage solution that makes use of unused space and keeps it out of your way.  Adding hooks to the back of doors is an easy way to store jackets and free up space in your hall closet.If you’re an advanced DIY-er, you can renovate the kick board below kitchen cabinets for extra drawer space. There are so many creative ways to improve existing storage systems.

8. Multifunctional Items

Multifunctional pieces are becoming synonymous with small spaces. For instance, take your kitchen table. When living in a small space, that table quickly becomes a desk/dining area. If you’re known for hosting get togethers, consider an extendable table. You can open it up for parties, and keep it small for everyday use. Futons that can double as a sofa and guest bed are great, but daybeds with storage drawers underneath them are even better. It’s easy to find stylish benches and practical ottomans that conceal deep storage compartments and fit your style. All it takes is a little creativity to find the multiple uses for an object.

9. Strategy

It may seem extreme to employ a strategy when organizing your home, but it can become overwhelming quickly. If you’re working your way through your entire apartment, moving room by room can take the intimidation out of it! Start each project with a plan. For instance, take your bedroom one Sunday and your living room the next. The next part of your strategy is to keep up with the organization. Once you’ve done an overhaul of your apartment or home, you probably won’t want to go through it all again soon. The best way to keep up with this is to pick things up and put them away before bed. The first overhaul of your home may seem overwhelming, but keeping up with these small apartment organization tips will make you and  your home calmer! Small spaces may feel like your storage and organization space is limited, but there’s more room there than you may think. By following these nine steps, you can create an organized space that will in turn feel much bigger than you originally thought. Create square footage in your small apartment or tiny home by simply reorganizing your belongings!