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Living in a small house or apartment can certainly have its perks, but having enough places to store everything may not be one of them. But don’t worry!

That just means you have to get a little creative with your organizing, and these brilliant ideas will certainly help!

Pegboard Organizers

Living in a small space means that you’re going to be short on floor space. The solution? Go vertical.

Pegboards are a great way to create a functional use of wall space. And if you think they have to be the run of the mill pegboards that you can get from a big box tool store, you’re wrong.

Modern DIY Pegboard display with shelves  makes great vertical storage
Modern DIY Pegboard via Vintage Revivals

Here is a great example of how you can make a modern version of pegboards for your own home. Functional storage that’s also pretty? That’s a win in my book!

Utilize Binder Clips For Hanging or Organizing Small Things

A quick search on Google or Pinterest, and you’ll see the amazing small space organization hacks that you would never have thought of by using … what? Binder clips!

This little hack is what happens when a command hook and a binder clip have a baby. It’s so darn smart and cheap, too!

Binder clip on back of cabinet to hang rubber gloves is a great way to do small space organization
Hang gloves with binder clip hack via The Borrowed Abode

Hopefully by now you know how much I love an organized kitchen but this is a super budget friendly hack that you can do to give yourself some more storage in your kitchen, laundry room or bathroom.

Always to try to think outside the box when it comes to organizing your rooms. Keep items close to where you need them and find areas like the backs of cabinets or doors to hang items where possible.

Again, utilizing this idea of vertical storage space.

Use Corner Shelves

If you’re using other wall space for something like pegboards, don’t forget about your corners! Even small shelves in corners can give you some storage options to help organize things like books or items in a bedroom, office or kid’s room.

Corner shelves in a bedroom office define the space
DIY Floating Shelves via Shanty 2 Chic

In this example of floating shelves, you can see this is a bedroom and office all in one space, so this goes to show you that you don’t have to have a giant office to be functional!

Giving one room multiple purposes is always a good idea when you’re short on space. Especially in the case of a guest room that rarely gets used, make sure it’s doing double duty!

Add A Utility Cart

This is another one of those genius ideas that can help you with maximizing organization space in just about any room of your house! A nursery, craft space, bedroom, kitchen, or even bathroom will benefit from one of these handy dandy rolling carts.

The great thing about it is that you don’t have to keep your craft supplies (or whatever supplies) in the middle of your dining room if that’s where you craft. You can just wheel the cart in and when you’re done, go pop it back into the corner of the guest room/closet/office.

A rolling utility cart with plants in it
Herb Garden via This Little Street

Or how about this fun little idea of a rolling herb garden? Brilliant and SO cute!

Invest in Some Packing Cubes

I love using packing cubes, not only for organizing my suitcase while traveling but for corralling items inside my dresser or organizing seasonal items inside a tote bin.

This set of packing cubes has been used extensively in my home. Right now, my kids’ summer clothes are packed away in the closet in labeled packing cubes. My bathing suits that won’t be coming out for another few months also have the same treatment.

After four boys, I have a lot of baby clothes to keep organized for my youngest. By organizing everything by size in these packing cubes, it makes it so much easier to swap in and out clothes every few months.

a box with packing cubes inside of it
packing cube set

I particularly like to use the compression version, as I can just press out the air and have the packing cube take up very little space.

Add Wall Hooks For Jewelry Organization

Wall hooks are another way to get in that vertical storage and use extra wall space to organize your jewelry.

Various hooks used to hang jewelry on a wall
Jewelry Wall Hooks via Girl In The Garage

I love this idea because with all the different options that are available for purchasing hooks, you can make this fit into any type of decor style you have in your home.

Plus, I think this may be my teenage dream. So if your teenage daughter is looking for a fun way to spruce up her room but ALSO needs some jewelry storage ideas, this might be the perfect solution!

I’ve also seen strong 3M command hooks used on a kitchen backsplash to hold utensils, which means one more thing off the kitchen counters and more space for food prep.

Use Doors For Added Vertical Storage Space

Whether you build it or DIY it, using the doors of closets for storage space is so helpful. Closet door storage has come a long way from just the over the door hanging shoe pockets.

Craft storage closet with shelves inside the doors
Craft closet door organization via Hymns and Verses

Talk about stunning! This craft organization is just one of the many ideas that can hopefully spark inspiration for you when it comes to closet door organization solutions.

Shelves on back of a nursery closet door that store diapers and baby wipes
Baby’s Closet Organization

We’ve installed storage racks on the backs of all our closet doors, too. From storing extra diapers in the nursery, to office supplies and even books, they have been one of the best organizational items we’ve added in our home!

Office closet with back of door shelves
Office Closet Organization

Create A Tool Closet If You Don’t Have A Garage

Many times, smaller homes mean no garage. But what do you do if you’re a crafter or a DIYer and don’t have room for tools? Get creative!

Closet used to store tools and other equipment
Tool Organization Closet via Living Letter Home

Making room in a small closet can really help when it comes to having organized tools in a small space. Don’t be afraid to DIY some simple closet shelves too. They are easy to make and don’t cost much, but give you a lot more storage options in a closet.

I love the idea of making a dedicated closet for kitchen appliance storage, too. Sometimes, it’s all you need to feel more organized!

Hang Blankets And Heavy Bed Linens

Even in the smallest of houses, most times you will have a linen closet of sorts. This is a great place to hang your blankets or heavy bed linens instead of having them out and rolled in a basket.

comforters and duvets hung on hangers inside a closet
Hanging Blankets via Rambling Renovations

In my house, we rarely have guests, but when we do we have my entire family. I don’t have the space to have comforters and duvets in my closets, so instead I use vacuum bags and have them stored in the attic until I actually need them.

Clear containers for vanity/bathroom drawer storage

Having things in clear containers removes the need of having to dig through things to find stuff because you can see it all through the container itself.

Acrylic storage bins for makeup in bathroom

Just like we did in our small vanity bathroom organization, these clear containers have come in handy more times than I can count.

Use Small Stacking Containers For Vertical Storage

Even if all you have is a small space under a sink or kitchen cabinet, you can still use vertical storage by doing clear stackable bins.

Stacking bins for bathroom essentials

A pro tip especially if you’re doing this under a sink, make sure you use clear storage bins and use labels. Again, this prevents you from having to dig for things and make an even bigger mess.

Have A Closet Organization System

We have severeal of these in our home and I can’t say enough about how much I love them!

Organized closet system with men's clothing

I can’t say enough good things about how much this closet organization system changed our lives!

Even if you have a small closet, you can maximize the space by making sure the space is organized to its full capacity and every inch is used the way it should be.

Wire pull out drawers inside small closet
Baby clothes hanging in a closet

Our nursery closet is teeny tiny but the system we installed has allowed us to maximize the space we do have.

Organize Your Refrigerator

It doesn’t matter how big or small your fridge space is, nobody likes to throw away old or expired food. If you organize your fridge, it will be way easier to see things you need, but also make sure you’re eating the food you have before it goes bad.

Organized fridge with several types of plastic bins

Get Creative in Kids’ Spaces

As a little added bonus small space organization tip, get creative for the little ones. We recently just redid our sons’ bedroom and just changing the layout alone made the space feel almost twice as big.

Kid bedroom with corner beds

My favorite part? These corner beds have a storage unit behind them where we can hide all the “stuff” that my son likes to bring up to his room. It’s a win-win situation – I don’t have to keep complaining about toys in his room cluttering the place up and he still gets to have them!

Book ledges on the wall of a kids bedroom instead of a bookshelf that takes up space in a small room

Trying to keep as much clutter at bay with minimal floor space? Get the books off the clunky bookshelves and up on the walls. These book ledges are a really easy beginner DIY project and you can make them any color or size you like.

Cubed storage system in a small playroom for toy organization

Toy storage can be a hassle, especially when you are short on space. I love cubbies and baskets labelled with what’s inside to not only organize the toys but keep everything visually appealing.

living room console table with toy storage baskets underneath is a great way to organize a small space
White baskets used to store toys in the living room

If you don’t have a dedicated toy room, this same idea can apply to your living room. Just grab some pretty baskets and get those toys hidden! As part of my daily routine for keeping a clean house, several times a day I will walk around the house and grab any toys that are lying around.

Final Thoughts

If you’ve wondered how people keep small spaces organized, now you know! I can’t wait to see how you get your house, apartment, or condo organized using these ideas!

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  1. Hi Jenna, You have given lots of good ideas. Usually you tell from where to buy certain items. But this time you haven’t talked about that.
    Where can I get those vertical storage boxes that you have shown in the nursery. Also the cute jewelry hooks, I used to buy them at the Hallmark store about ten to fifteen years ago. Then came the fashion of colourless homes and those little sweet items became extinct. I was so happy to see that you have brought them back to life. Where can I go to
    find them ?
    My house is not small but believe it that storage is still a challenge.
    So this was a pretty useful news letter. Thanks.

    1. Hi Sunita, the posts linked under the images will have details on where to buy the items. I have a whole post with all the nursery organization sources.