Living in a small space can feel like you are constantly waging a war on clutter. But what if we told you, it didn’t have to be this way? That with a few simple tips you could maximise your space and keep it clean, organised and stylish?
Well you can!
This month we’ve enlisted Open Colleges’ Interior Design student and organiser extraordinaire, Nicki Werynski, to teach you how to declutter and make the most out of your small space.
“For every minute spent organising, an hour is earned” – Anonymous.
Just because you’re short on space doesn’t mean you have to be short on storage ideas!
The art of organisation and unique storage solutions are two passions of mine, and today I’m going to show you some solutions I’ve come up with that will help you to maximise your space.
Embrace vertical space
One of the best ways you can maximise your space is to make use of vertical spaces.
Some ideas for vertical spaces include:
- Attach containers to the side of your fridge, on the inside of your cupboards, or even your ceiling using detachable adhesive hooks. These spaces are blank canvasses that are often overlooked but that provide a perfect solution for tidying away household bits and pieces.
- Hang shoe storage organisers over your cupboard doors, on both sides, to store bedroom and bathroom odds and ends.
- Using heavy-duty adhesive hooks, or drill-in hooks, attach a tension rod on your kitchen wall and use it to hang pots and pans.
- Attach magnets to your spices and then store them on the side of your fridge.
- Use tension rods inside your kitchen cupboards to hang cleaning products.
- Store toys by hanging several canvas bags on the back of your child’s bedroom door. After playtime, the toys can simply be scooped up and stored in the bags.
Make the most of your small living space
Think outside the box! Take advantage of existing designs and features in your home.
- Windowsills provide an excellent opportunity for display purposes or to place high use items. For example, locate your dried herbs and spice bottles on kitchen window sills; they are easy to reach, look visually appealing and free up space in your cupboards to hide away other things.
- Have a fireplace that you don’t use in the warm Australian weather or that doesn’t function anymore? Store items inside the fireplace nook and then conceal them with a screen or fabric.
DIY storage with items you find lying around your home!
- Create your own bag hangers with shower curtain hooks
- Turn odd drinking glasses into stationery storage containers
- Re-purpose ice cube trays for jewellery containers. Use your imagination!
Clever storage systems
Look for simple storage systems that can cater to storing and organising all different sorts of items in one spot. For example, peg boards can take care of bills as well as photos and catalogues, while also providing a decorative feature in your home.
Change the rules!
Don’t be scared of unconventional storage approaches! Use shoe hanging pockets to store toys, or transform walk-in cupboards into office spaces or reading nooks.
You don’t need to live in clutter, walking around landmines of clothes, toys, books, odds and ends. Small spaces can be maximised simply and easy. And the best thing about it, is that with a little creativity, creating interesting storage systems won’t cost you the earth.
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