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If you’re trying to figure out how to organize a small bedroom on a budget, these 11 ingenious tips and tricks will get you there in no time!

I’ve never had the luxury of having a huge bedroom in my own home and even now, despite the 2,800 sq. ft home we live in, our master bedroom is a small space with very little storage area. It is definitely lacking in the organizational department.

Of course, just because your bedroom is small, doesn’t mean there isn’t enough space to utilize in order to get organized. Sometimes you have to get a little creative and even more so when you need to do it on a budget. If you’re starting from scratch with a bedroom makeover, definitely take all of these small bedroom storage ideas into consideration, too!

12 ways to organize a small bedroom on a budget

1. Install a Closet Organization System 

Especially if you have a small closet, you need to make the most out of every inch of valuable space and that means that one measly hanging rail won’t cut it. My favorite clothing storage solution is the IKEA Algot System. It’s incredibly easy to install and is completely customizable to your space and needs (see it at work in our closet here).

How to organize a small bedroom on a budget - clothing storage ideas

I like to have lots of cute storage baskets and shelves so that’s what I mostly added to my closet as that helped me coral my shoes, bags and dozens of pairs of jeans.

As “custom” closet solutions go, these IKEA systems are pretty cheap too. You can add as much or as little as you need and completely tailor it to different sizes. Whether you have a small or large bedroom closet, or small or large budget, this solution is for you.

2. DIY Additional Closet Shelving

A clever DIY storage idea to utilize wasted space in a closet

If your closet isn’t big enough for a system like this but you find you have a lot of wasted space inside, another great idea is to add your own shelving. This is an easy DIY storage idea to utilize wasted space . Plus, it’s super budget friendly. We’ve done this to all the smaller closets in our home and it has added a crazy amount of additional storage space without a huge extra cost.

It’s a quick and inexpensive DIY project that will only take an hour or so, even for a newbie! Again, it’s all about utilizing every last inch of space when you have a small bedroom!

3. Use Felt Hangers

Neatly hang pants using felt hangers

Using felt hangers (like these) is another favorite closet organization tip of mine. Unlike plastic or wire hangers, felt ones don’t allow your clothes to slip off. And because they are slimmer, you can hang more. They also come in a rainbow of colors, so they just look a whole lot prettier in a very stylish way.

4. If You Don’t Have a Closet, Make One!

Every organized bedroom has a closet. If your bedroom doesn’t have a closet, the good news is all you have to do is make one! If you’ve got an empty wall or nook, that is a great place to create your own closet space like this one above. You could even run the piping down from the ceiling if you had to!

5. Organize Your Drawers with Inexpensive Dividers

Dresser drawer organizers are such a simple way to store items and keep those drawers full of socks, underwear and all of your other stuff. No one wants a bedroom where your undergarments are falling out of the drawers, stuffed in drawers or worse yet, hanging out of drawers!

If your bedroom is without a closet, this becomes even more important as you need to get as much storage out of your drawers as possible. Thankfully, drawer dividers can give you plenty of space for those personal items.

Use drawer organizers to maximize organization on a budget

I really like these ones in particular because they are adjustable. Take note of how the items are folded above and not just thrown in for optimal drawer space.

6. Folding Your Clothes Correctly Maximizes Space & Looks Better

If you’re still short on space when it comes to your dresser, don’t forget to rotate out your seasonal clothes. You don’t need all your heavy winter sweaters folded neatly and taking up a lot of room in those drawers when you could really put it to good use by storing t-shirts and summer tops.

And on the topic of “folded neatly”, folding your clothes using the KonMari method or “vertical folding”, you will increase your drawer storage space by up to 50% while finding that it’s easier to grab what you want without disturbing all the other clothes in your drawers.

7. Think Outside the Box When it Comes to Lighting & Nightstands

If you’re working with extremely limited space, this is one of the best ways to efficiently get more square feet back into the equation.

If you don't have floorspace, attach baskets to the wall to organize your bedside. Great budget tip for small bedrooms!
Master Bedroom Reveal via Jenna Sue Design Co.

Instead of traditional nightstands and table lamps, attach rectangular woven wicker baskets (or crates or even wire baskets) to the wall to house your bedside necessities and install sconces on the wall. It’s budget friendly and works like a charm and you won’t have to worry about all the clutter that comes along with having a big nightstand to begin with.

8. Use The Space Under Your Bed

Have a platform bed or a bed that has at least some open space underneath it? Then utilize it! This shoe storage hack from IKEA is genius. Using a cabinet door with some casters added to it, you have instant shoe storage. Of course you could use old drawers or even plastic bins.

This trick should free up and create some extra floor space. You will gain a lot more organizational and storage areas!

The point? Don’t forget that there’s under-bed storage and it’s a budget-friendly way to gain extra space!

9. Don’t Forget The Space Behind Your Door, Too!

Think outside the box! Behind your closet door or even your bedroom door is a great spot for hanging a mirror, jewelry and scarves. Get the most out of the space by hanging a bar, a pull-out mirror and some hooks.

10. Add Shelves To The Walls

Adding shelves to your small bedroom walls is a fairly inexpensive and very easy way to add more storage and get organized. By going up, even the smallest bedroom can gain extra storage space.

When you have a small bedroom, adding shelves is a clever way to add more storage. When you don't have the floor space for more furniture, think up!
Floating white wood shelves via My Paradissi

You can purchase wood at your local hardwood store and have them cut it to size, then simply attach to some wall brackets and hang it up.

Shelves are a clever and simple DIY to add more storage to a small bedroom and utilize the wall space

IKEA sells beautiful floating shelves as well as shelves with brackets that are also budget-friendly and easy to install. These rustic shelves that we had in our son’s nursery are just made from pine from the hardware store that was cut and stained and then hung on the wall using IKEA’s Ekby Bjarnum brackets, which you could spray paint any color to match your space.

11. Use Baskets For Extra Throw Pillows & Blankets

How to stay organized? Use baskets to corral pillows and blankets and keep your bedroom organized and tidy

Finally, instead of leaving extra pillows and blankets on a chair on on your bed, roll up the blankets and place in a large basket along with any extra pillows. Not only does it look cute but it keeps them nicely organized and tidy.

Are you ready to start organizing your bedroom? With these budget friendly hacks and tips, you’re going to have a neat and tidy space in no time at all!

Have another tip that I didn’t mention? I’d love if you shared it in the comments below!

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  1. Ankura Sui says:

    Great Job! thank you!