Probably the most asked question I get as a Professional Organiser is “how can I maximise my space?” The way I see it is either we have too many things stuffed into a space that is adequate or we simply have a space that is too small!
If you ‘suffer’ from the former and simply have too much stuff, you already know what I am going to say and that is to DE-CLUTTER. However, if your problem is a genuine lack of space and you need all the items you’re trying to store, here are some small space solutions:
- If you have cupboard doors, use the inside of them for all those items that take up unnecessary shelf space. For example, use cup hooks or rails on the inside of your doors for belts, necklaces, and ties.
- Small handbags can be hung on the inside of your cupboard door with a handbag rack.
- Make use of the bottom of the cupboard as well with stackable shoe racks that can extend widthways the more shoes you acquire.
- If your shelves are too far apart, use hanging shelves to maximise the space you do have.
- If you don’t have lots of hanging space, make use of hangers that allow you to hang items downwards or add hanger connectors to hangers you already have.
- Plan your kitchen layout carefully before you start organising it so that you know exactly what you actually need. We spend a lot of our time in our kitchens and if they don’t function well, it can really dampen any culinary joy!
- Use the inside of cupboard doors to hang up organisers for your foil and cling wrap.
- If you can hang organisers over your shelves to make space for more items, then do so. These can help with cup/mugs storage and stackable organisers make full use of the height of your cupboard. A shelf raiser is also very useful.
- The under-side of cupboards are also great space savers in a kitchen, especially if you don’t have space in your dining room for glasses and wine. Hanging racks work a charm.
- Use the walls in your office, garage, storage unit, and other small spaces in my home.
- Adding baskets that clip together to a wall allows you to divide items and use the full wall space. This can be done for paperwork or you can use a document organiser. Magazines can also be stored in wall-mounted baskets.
- Well-configured shelving can be a brilliant space-saver. Use shelving brackets that are adjustable and use the maximum space on the wall that you can. If you use this well in an office environment, you can even add a wider shelf to the bottom to make a desk space.
- If you have drawers, make sure you organise them properly. If you simply throw things in them, you won’t be able to find what you need and will land up wasting space.
- Use ‘dead space’ and nooks if at all possible e.g. shelving, hooks, hanging baskets, or drawers.
- If you use containers or packing boxes in your storage solution, make sure they are stackable as well as clear (you want to easily identify what is in them).
These are just SOME of the small-space solutions that can be implemented in your spaces. We hope these do the trick.
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Written by Isabelle de Grandpre, Neat Freak