Even the smallest homes can feel spacious with organization and decorating techniques. Organization for a small house can take some figuring out — but it can spark your imagination to get creative with various storage and organization solutions. We’ve compiled a list of tips on creating more space in a small home.
How to Maximize Space in a Small House
Here are seven tips on maximizing space in a small house.
Tip #1: Declutter
Decluttering your entire home can be a big challenge. The best way to tackle a big task is to break it down into smaller, manageable tasks. Instead of dedicating one day to decluttering your entire home, schedule an area to declutter on a specific day.
Don’t overwhelm yourself — decluttering can be a satisfying experience that gives you more room than you had before. Create a checklist and prioritize areas that need the most attention.
Before you start, gather a few containers. Each container has a specific category assigned to it. Here are a few container category ideas:
- Keep – Keep items you use regularly.
- Storage – Store items you don’t use regularly but cannot part with.
- Donate – Donates items that are unwanted and still in good condition.
- Sell – Sell items that are in good condition and still carry their worth.
- Throw away – Throw away items that are in bad shape and cannot be recycled.
- Recycle – Recycle items that are in bad shape and can be recycled.
When you sell, donate, toss and recycle things you don’t use anymore, you free up storage space. The result will be neat and organized rooms that feel larger.
Tip #2: Expand Your Space With Mirrors
A simple mirror can instantly brighten and expand your space, tricking your eyes and creating an illusion of depth. Our eyes pick up the light and colors that reflect from a mirror. Hanging mirrors is a handy decorative technique that uses the power of optical illusions.
Let your creativity run wild. Mirrors don’t have to be bound to only hanging on walls. There are alternatives, like furniture pieces that have mirrored surfaces.
Here are a few tips when decorating with mirrors:
- Expand your space with big mirrors.
- Position your mirror near a light source.
- Hang a mirror across the room from a window to bounce natural light.
- Hang your mirror at a comfortable height.
- Play with contrast for extra flair.
- Clean and protect your mirrors to keep them their most reflective.
Tip #3: Embrace Multi-Functional Furniture
Decorate smart with multi-functional furniture. Each piece of furniture you add to your home is an opportunity to make it multi-functional and save space. Home interior pieces that use innovatively accessible storage space are a game changer.
Guests staying the night? Transform your living room into a guest bedroom with an L-shaped sofa that doubles as a full-sized bed. Working from home? Transform unutilized closet space into an organized and accessible home office. Hosting a family dinner? Transform a side table into an extended dining table to accommodate extra guests.
Take your organization and storage to the next level. There are various benefits of incorporating multi-functional furniture into your tiny home, such as:
- Saving space
- Saving money
- Easy maintenance
- Less clutter
- Minimalistic lifestyle
Tip #4: Maximize Vertical Space With Floor-to-Ceiling Shelves
For a bold effect and to step up your small house organization tactics, utilize your vertical space. Floor-to-ceiling shelves are multi-purpose — use them for either extra storage space or as a decorative piece. Your only limit is your imagination.
Let your inner interior designer come out with these ideas on how to maximize your vertical space with floor-to-ceiling shelves:
- Mix and match ordinary items with decorative ones to create an organized yet stylish shelf display.
- Combine open and closed shelves to have hidden and open storage options.
- Consider odd vertical spaces like alcoves, under staircases, and other nooks and crannies.
The only drawback of these tall shelving units is their height. The top shelves can be hard to reach. You can either reach items with a small stepladder — bonus points if it can fold and be stored away — or store low-priority items that you don’t regularly need on the top shelves.
Tip #5: Paint Walls a Light Color
Another widely used optical illusion to create bigger spaces is playing with color. To make an area more spacious, breathable, light and open, paint walls a light color. Color is one of the simplest ways to “grow” the size of your space.
Similar to mirrors reflecting light, walls that are bright in color also reflect light, accentuating natural light’s effect. Painting walls darker will make the space smaller because darker hues absorb light.
White may not be everyone’s taste. Instead, try a few off-white or neutral colors to accent your wall and brighten your room. Consider painting wall trims and moldings a lighter color than your wall to create depth and the illusion of broader, more spacious walls.
Tip #6: Get Creative With Kitchen Storage
The kitchen is the heart of your home. Naturally, you want to keep this area clean and organized, as this is where you prepare food every day. That said, it’s a place that can quickly get cluttered with each meal. This creates an opportunity to get creative with your kitchen storage and organization.
Get these convenient and aesthetically pleasing organization pieces to declutter your kitchen and maximize space:
- Storage accents like spice racks
- Airtight containers for food in your fridge or pantry
- Glass jars for dry goods
- Bins and baskets for snacks, fruits and veggies
- Hooks to hang utensils and cloths
- Magnets to hold knives
Get the most out of your space by utilizing each area in your kitchen, from the area between your stove and counter to spots on your backsplash and under cabinets.
Create even more storage space with a pantry cabinet. Because everything has its place, it’ll be easier for you and your family to find things. With cleared countertops and decluttered shelves, your kitchen can feel bigger than before.
Tip #7: Install Bathroom Storage
Your bathroom might be one of the smallest rooms in your house. Installing smart bathroom storage will keep this area under control and clutter-free. Even if you have a larger bathroom, there’s always the chance of personal products popping up everywhere.
Even the smallest of storage spaces and techniques can maximize your bathroom space. Installing a medicine cabinet or over-the-toilet cabinet can be the perfect storage solution. Even something as small as a recessed toilet paper holder or a magazine rack can make a huge difference in decluttering the bathroom and making it feel larger.
If you don’t want to install cabinets onto your bathroom walls, installing recessed bathroom niches is another way to use your vertical space with a lower profile.
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