Are you struggling to organize your “small spaces?” Keep reading to learn tips for organizing small spaces.
I looked at the VERY small master closet as we walked through the house we were considering buying. WOW. It was small but it wasn’t even crowded. I remember thinking, “This woman lives minimally. I want to live like that, too,”
Little did I know at the time that the house had probably been staged to make it look more spacious.
It definitely worked! And, inspired me to think about my spaces, what I wanted to keep and even how I would one day help others make decisions just like these.
Readers share their struggles.
When someone opts in to receive my free eBook, (click here if you want it) I ask them to reply with the answer to the question, “What is your biggest struggle with organizing right now?”
A reader replied with this…
My #1 challenge is that I live in a small condo with my husband that has limited storage space and an extremely small kitchen with virtually no cabinets!
So let’s talk about it. How do you live in a small space? Is there a secret to organizing in a small space?
Here are simple tips for organizing small spaces.
1) Start with how you THINK about your space.
You knew I was going to start with your thinking, right? 🙂
Space is relative. Your small space might be another person’s large space.
By calling it small, your brain immediately thinks there isn’t enough room. You limit your brain’s ability to find solutions.
Try thinking of your space as “just the right amount of space.”
If it is just the right amount, your brain knows there is a solution. It seeks to solve the problem instead of feel overwhelmed by a small space.
2) Imagine yourself as a minimalist.
Just take some time and think about it.
Think about what it would be like to have only quality things you love and use.
Think of how simple life could be. No piles. No clutter. No excess. Just what you love and use. Quick and easy to pick up before company comes. Simplified decisions about where things live. No getting behind with piles of laundry. No wasting time searching through things to find what you need. No wasting money buying duplicates and gadgets and more new socks.
3) Focus on the idea of ONE.
One style of plate.
One set of glasses.
One pair of running shoes.
One extra set of sheets for each bed.
One iron. One bike. One set of blocks. One comfy blanket per family member.
There might be some categories that you’ll choose to have more than one, but if you begin to use this technique it will help you make decisions as you begin to reduce what you own.
4) Pick your favorites.
After you sort like with like, I ask kids and adults alike, to pick their favorite first.
Pile of pens? Pick out what pens you love and use the most. Keep those and get rid of the rest.
Twenty five pairs of jeans? Which one do you wear the most? What next pair do you wear the most? Keep those. Get rid of the remaining.
5) Use logic.
First, focus on the everyday. Find homes for the things you use everyday.
In your kitchen, it would be a set of glasses, plates, silverware, a pot, a frying pan, towels, spices, etc.
Make those things that you use daily the MOST accessible.
Then, add the next thing. Then, the next thing.
Question whether or not you need the next thing. How could you live without the next thing?
6) Store additional items elsewhere.
If you must store additional items, you’ll have to get creative. Think outside the box.
A shelf in the basement or garage can store seldom used, but still needed, appliances or serving pieces.
You could use an “under the bed” bin or a piece of furniture you already have.
There is no magical way.
It doesn’t matter who you are, if you have too much stuff, it isn’t going to fit…much less stay organized.
The organizing steps are the same: Sort. Purge. Assign Homes. Set Limits. Maintain.
You are made for this challenge.
Start with step one and begin to organize your small space!