5 Must-Haves for Neat & Organized Small Spaces

5 Must-Haves for Neat & Organized Small Spaces

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Eleanor Büsing
Jan 13, 2016
(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

Living in a small space can be wonderfully rewarding: Fewer possessions to weigh you down, carefully-chosen items that you love by necessity, and learning to live within your means. It can also be a pain in the backside, to be perfectly honest. Keeping a tiny home neat and organized takes effort, but it's achievable. Read on for five clever ways to do it.

1. Minimal tech.
Plastic casings and oodles of cords are a friend to no home, let alone a small one. Radios, alarm clocks, and even TVs (case in point: the subtle projector in the room above, from Design*Sponge) aren't strictly necessary these days, so get rid of what you can.

(Image credit: Society Social)

2. Clever and adaptable furniture.
A desk (or in this case, a console table, via Society Social) can become a dining table for four, a storage ottoman doubles as extra seating. Folding chairs are your friend.

(Image credit: The Everygirl)

3. High up (or low down) storage.
Use all the vertical space you can. Think over doorways, radiators and toilets, and underneath beds, sinks and coffee tables, like in this example from The Everygirl.

(Image credit: IKEA)

4. Shelf inserts.
I can't rave enough about these things. I use the IKEA Variera inserts in my own kitchen, and it doubles my spice storage. They're also useful in bathrooms.

(Image credit: A Merry Mishap)

5. A lot of white.
Okay, it doesn't have to be white (but we love this space on A Merry Mishap). Pick any color you like, but it's a fact: a monochrome scheme makes even a little mess look neat.

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.11.15-NT

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