The popularity of smaller homes is on the rise. The appeal is clear: affordability, the sustainability of a smaller structure, and financial freedom. But whether you made the decision by choice or your home feels like it shrunk over the years, the question remains: how do I live here?
Top Storage Ideas for a Small Home
Unless you are a true minimalist, the fact is, humans tend to accumulate stuff. Whether the stuff is due to the kids bringing home everything from rocks to art, or perhaps you’re just a packrat at heart, no matter what the situation, a house that becomes a home tends to get filled.
So what do you do when you decide you’d like to have more than a few days food on-hand or you need to keep some items for the future? You have a few options. You could rent a storage unit, you could move to a larger house, or you can get creative with the nooks and crannies of your current home.
Here are a few ideas that may help you look for overlooked spaces in your home.
You might be pleasantly surprised by this handy little rolling cart. This fits perfectly around laundry units, beside a refrigerator, or between a cabinet and the wall. You can also find shorter ones that will fit between your stove and whatever is beside it to add even more storage.
For the price, this cart can add a lot of pantries or general storage space to a home. Everything from canned goods and macaroni and cheese boxes to laundry detergent or stain removers will fit perfectly on this cart.
Bathroom Linen Closet
The key to any storage solution is often to explore your vertical space. This is especially true in a bathroom, where often floor space is at a premium.
If you don’t have a linen closet, there are pieces of furniture that can help you create one. An above the toilet cabinet can be very helpful for storing extra toilet paper, towels, washcloths, or even spare toiletries.
Instead of using just a towel ring, consider combining uses. Some shelves have a towel holder that will come in very handy. So instead of just hanging a towel, you can now hang a towel, organize some toiletries, or have a space to make your bathroom seem welcoming or smell amazing with small plants or diffusers.
Maybe your bathroom, bedroom, living room, or kitchen has a strange spot that you don’t know what to do with. If a pretty storage rack will fit in the space, it could be a lifesaver!
Whether you are able to keep items looking nice on the shelves or if baskets are needed to keep the clutter at bay, a shelf like this one can provide some much needed extra storage space.
In the living room, it can double as a side table and lampstand, so you don’t lose the space on the couch-level shelf because of a lamp.
For the bathroom, it can serve as a linen closet for either extra linens or spare toiletries. In the kitchen, dishes, pots, and pans, or pantry supplies can cover the shelves. And baskets can help give you access to the back of the shelves.
When it comes to small homes, it’s important to try and find furniture that can serve a dual purpose. This storage bench has tons of storage in drawers.
It can be used in the living room for extra controllers or other gaming accessories, blankets, or books. With a tray on top, it can also be a coffee table. For a hall bench it could store shoes, off-season accessories, or outdoor items. At the foot of your bed it could store off-season clothes or accessories.
Hanging organizers are a perfect way to use otherwise unused space. This particular hanging organizer has hooks to hang over the door. You can also find some that allow you to use hooks, whether screw-in or magnetic.
- A hanging organizer could be used in a nursery for bath time storage, diapers, and wipes, stuffed animals, or small item storage (such as pacifiers).
- For the kitchen or hallway, it would be useful as a mail organizer.
- In a bathroom it could store extra toiletries, while in a pantry it could keep smaller items contained.
Some bedrooms just aren’t big enough for all the furniture you could buy. Instead of trying to squish a dresser and bureau into a tiny room, research some headboards or bed frames with storage options.
This bed frame has drawers underneath that would offer about as much storage as a dresser would. While it could be a bummer to have to bend down and get under your bed for clothes, you could consider storing off-season clothes under there so you won’t have to get in the drawers as often.
Other bed frames may be raised, which allows under the bed storage. Rolling boxes or even simple plastic bins fit well underneath and can be covered by bedding. Some headboards have shelving or drawers attached, which will save you some space elsewhere.
One space that is severely underutilized in the area 12 inches below your ceiling. Consider hanging shelves around the perimeter of your living room or bedroom ceiling instead of having multiple bulky bookshelves. This can also work for a game room if you have a collection of board games or even video games.
While hanging storage is typically used in the kitchen for fruits or vegetables, it can also be utilized in your bedroom for accessories such as hats, belts, or scarves or in a kid’s room for toys or other small items. We have this side by side packed with fruit.
Typically used for curtains, tension rods can serve another purpose: in the closet. If you hang a couple, you can use them for shoes. You’d only need one at a time for scarves or belts (using S hooks). Or, really, you can hang just about any lightweight item you’d like.
You may be extremely surprised at the amount of room you can come up within your small home. Sometimes all it takes is a little creative, out-of-the-box thinking to produce a space where you can feel relaxed and not surrounded by too much furniture or stuff. And don’t forget to look up and discover all the vertical space you didn’t know you had.