12 Ways to Bring Order to Your Tiny Home
Clear the clutter with smart (and chic!) storage solutions.
If space is at a premium in your home, you're probably always searching for creative storage solutions. Small spaces aren’t usually known for their generous closets or expansive pantry spaces. My little home is only 750 square feet, so I’m definitely a card-carrying member of the Small Space Club.
I've rounded up 12 of my favorite picks to help you tackle just about every storage challenge in your home — with style.
1: Leaning Mirror
This full-length mirror easily leans against the wall, so you don’t need to worry about mounting it. Plus, it comes with hooks and rods to help with additional storage. You can use the hooks for scarves, purses, jewelry and hats. And with a couple of hooks, you could even hang baskets on the rods to store even more accessories.
2: Shoe Storage Ottoman
If your shoe collection is spilling out of your closet, we've got a chic solution. You can use this shoe storage ottoman as extra seating in your living room or at the end of your bed. Plus, guests will never know that you're conveniently storing 12 pairs of shoes inside.
3: Shoe Rack
When you only have a tiny amount of space in your entryway, a bench like this might be the perfect solution. It offers a convenient spot underneath to store shoes, and you could keep a basket or two on top to store winter gear and mail.
4: Corner Hanging Bar
This corner bar could be a lifesaver in tiny spaces. You could use it in an unused corner of your room for extra hanging space, or add it inside a simple reach-in closet to give yourself more room to hang clothes. It would even be great in a laundry room to hang clothes that need to be air dryed.
5: Wall-Mounted Towel Rack
The stylish and slim profile of this towel rack means it will fit in several different spaces around your home. Did you think about taking it outside the bathroom? Use it in your living room to hold extra blankets or in your entryway to store coats, sweatshirts and scarves.
6: Kitchen Storage Tower
For anyone who loves to cook, there are few things that are more challenging in a tiny house than a small kitchen. Luckily, this steel storage tower can help double your space in a petite kitchen. Its design lets you set up the tower over a cart or a mini-fridge to maximize your space, and it gives you two large shelves and a bar to store dish towels or kitchen utensils.
7: Glass Shadow Boxes
These glass shadow boxes would work great as storage for jewelry, remote controls or bathroom essentials, like cotton swabs or makeup brushes.
8: Office Organizer
This all-in-one, wall-mounted organizer would be an amazing addition to any tiny office. There are several hooks, nooks and shelves to help you get all of your office supplies organized.
9: Beauty Mirror + Shelf
When you’re short on space in a small bathroom, a cubby shelf like this is a great solution. Mounted to the wall, this cubby provides a convenient spot for storing hair-styling tools and other beauty essentials.
10: Kitchen Shelf
Here’s a sturdy wood shelf that would be a great option when you need extra space in the kitchen but don’t have a ton of available wall space. The hooks are perfect for mugs, utensils or kitchen towels.
11: Circular Wall Shelf
This round shelf is versatile enough to use in several different spots around your home. It would be great in a bathroom to store rolled towels and aesthetically-pleasing toiletries. Take it into your entryway and use it as your key drop.
12: Hanging Jewelry Organizer
This organizer is a great choice for anyone with an ample necklace collection. The hooks allow you to keep all of your necklaces super organized. You can also use the hooks to hang earrings or headphones.
Look to the Light
If ample wall or floor space is lacking, use a light fixture as your statement piece. Whether you're turned on by something funky or old-fashioned, the ceiling-mounted fixture won't take up valuable real estate. Bonus: More light brightens up the smallest of spaces.
Remodel With Dividers
Sectioning off space in your already small home may seem counterintuitive but its a practice in prioritization. If you're willing to forgo some living room space to create a home office, for instance, section it off. DIY a divider with a curtain rod and dreamy drapes, a standing bookcase, or scour flea markets for an antique screen.
Experiment With Open Cabinetry
If the thought of revealing what's stacked (or stashed, rather!) in your kitchen cabinets completely terrifies you, start with one or two. You may surprise yourself with how much it opens up your space and the motivation it inspires to keep tidy.
Spaces often feel cramped because they're cluttered with too many small pieces of furntiure. Don't shy away from a big sofa or armoire because it will take up a good chunk of your room's square footage. The right statement piece will add a big dose of visual interest while inspiring the rest of the room's style.
Put Corners to Work
Sectional sofas were invented (and became hugely popular) for a reason: they maximize available space. This same philosophy can be applied in just about every corner of your home. Create a cozy breakfast nook with two benches hugging a small dining table, or fill an underused corner with a plush armchair and arching floor lamp to create a quiet spot for reading.
Give It Life
No matter how small your space, there's always room for a living plant. Whether low-maintenance succulents or abundant blooms are your preference, there’s no denying that reminders of wide open outdoor spaces can fool your eyes while making your home feel extra fresh.
Disguise Desk Space
The convenience of working from home can be clouded by the clutter created from a long "day at the office." Make the transition from home office to home a simple one with these tricks:
Create a built-in desk inside an unused closet. The doors can be shut to conceal it, and there are likely rods and shelves inside that are perfect for organizing office supplies.
Camoflauge it! Buy a clear lucite desk or a piece in whichever color will blend into your walls best.
Place your work area in an otherwise unused area of your home — like under the stairwell or on the landing at the top of the stairs.
Hunt Down Hollow Furniture
Select furniture pieces that double as storage for extra linens, gift wrap or kids' toys. Good pieces to look for are ottomans and coffee tables with a hinged lid that lifts to reveal hidden storage space. After accumulating even a small collection of these multi-functional pieces, you'll find it hard to ever purchase something without this feature again.
Showcase Your Windows
Windows can work wonders for small spaces. Whether yours look out onto busy sidewalks or a small patch of grass in the side yard, show it off. Letting natural light seep through will lift your spirits and peering outside will open up your space. Another trick that works the same kind of magic: mirrors!
Choose Furniture That Can Wear Several Hats
You may not be on-board for a roll-away bed, but I'd bet you could get behind the pictured couch-by-day, bed-by-night. The low-sitting coffee table can slip under the sofa while the desk acts as a side table. Multifunctional furniture pieces like these are the MVPs of a small-space home. Tip: Purchase metal folding chairs for your dining table for an inexpensive industrial look. As soon as dinner's over, you can just stash 'em away.
Stick With a (Mostly) Neutral Color Palette
It's true: dark colors — cozy and moody as they might be — make a space feel smaller. Light ones make it feel airy and open. That being said, no need to be entirely bland in the color department. Pick your favorite neutrals — white, light woods, blush pink, soft grey — for your foundation, then play with bolder and brighter hues in accent decor and accessories.
Clear Things Up
When square footage is scarce, filling yours with heavy, dark furniture is a surefire way to make your space feel cramped. Instead, look to glass and acrylic furniture that adds little visual weight to the room and lets your gorgeous floors or striking rug show through.
Loft It Up
We can't leave you with 15 tips without mentioning one of the most classic tricks to inventing more space in your home. Turn a loft into your office space, a spare pantry, craft room or kids' play room.