How to Better Organize Your Small Living Space

As the city property values reach all-time highs, residents seem to be going for smaller and small living spaces. These small living space trends are becoming overwhelmingly popular out of necessity; and whether you’re a renter or home owner, the problem all New Yorkers face is the same: where do we put all our stuff?

The answer is simple and the solution is often inventive. When space is limited and home organization dire, think up. By layering your belongings from floor to ceiling, you can create the illusion of having more living space.

Managing Your Small Living Space

  1. Ceiling shelves.
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Use the space above your bathroom door or kitchen entryway to add a shelf to store bath towels, toilet paper, pots or pans.

  1. Hang your appliances.
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Whether you hang pots or pans from the ceiling, bath towels behind doors, or hair dryers and straighteners in cabinets, making use of the unused vertical space is a great way to find unique storage.

  1. Corner shelves.
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The corners of your home are the hardest to fill. By building several corner shelves, you can neatly arrange more items and make use of pesky corners. You can even add a corner nightstand shelf so you can store bedside books without taking up floor space.

  1. Stick it on a wall.
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That big empty wall in your home can be used for more than just hanging a few paintings. De-clutter a small vanity or make use of refrigerator doors by magnetizing makeup and spice containers. You can also hang jewelry from pegboards.

  1. Slide out spice racks.
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If there’s a small narrow space between your refrigerator and your cabinet, you can make your own pull-out spice rack to store your hundreds of kitchen jars and spices.

  1. Under the bed.
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Raising your bed off the ground will create hidden storage for extra towels, blankets, pillows and sheets. You can also use this space for additional clothing storage or shoes.

  1. Over the faucet.
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Older apartments often don’t have a great deal of bathroom counter space. Create your own with the addition of an over-the-faucet shelf to hold soap, makeup, lotion or decorations.

  1. Hanging dishracks.
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Small kitchens are in desperate need of space. By hanging your dish rack rather than setting it on a counter, you can free up more of your counter for food prep.

  1. Wall mounts.
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Use the wall as storage space. Mount your lights, TV, microwave or coffeemaker to get bulky necessities out of the way.

  1. Vertical closet space.
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Take full advantage of your closet with the addition of a second rod or adding closet wall shelves. Use these tighter areas to fit T-shirts, socks or shoes. Small-quarter living can be daunting when you step back and tally up your belongings, but with some innovative vertical thinking, your small living space can be transformed into a comfortable home.

Tell the CribRater team which of these tips have helped you turn your house into a home!