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My husband and I recently moved into a new place that we really love. It’s a 2-flat and we are renting the bottom floor. We have a very nice area in the back for grilling and for bonfires, something we didn’t have in our last apartment. We also have much closer access to the washer and dryer. And to top it all off, our good friends live right upstairs!
However, one downside we have been dealing with is that there is virtually no storage.
To be exact, there is a basement and garage where we are able to store boxes and extra items that we don’t need on a daily basis. But what is missing is a coat closet, a pantry, and a linen closet.
Our actual bedroom closet is so small that it fits my (or some of my) clothes only. My husband has to use the tiny closet in our tiny office.
And what really gets frustrating is that our bathroom doesn’t even really have a counter to put supplies on. (It does have a cabinet under the sink but it is very small.)
Needless to say, we don’t have a lot of places to put things.
It’s funny how you don’t realize how much you take all those spaces for granted until they are no longer there!
It sounds like I’m complaining, but really, we do love it here! Although it has been challenging to try and figure out where items should go and keep the house from looking cluttered, I have to say it’s been fun getting creative and seeing what we can come up with. Sometimes my husband has some pretty great ideas 🙂
I know how important it is for my own sanity, productivity, and overall happiness to not have clutter. So finding a creative home for everything in my house is something I cannot put on the back burner.
This is something we continue to work on and so I decided to search the “interwebs” for budget-friendly ideas and inspiration of how we can better organize our small-ish house.
Here are 10 ideas that I love and I am considering trying:
Floating Shelf Using Paper Organizer
The idea of using a paper organizer as a floating shelf is very clever. You just simply turn the organizer on its side and attach it to the wall. You have a place to put things not only on top, but also inside. It’s so simple, inexpensive, and might be just the trick for a bedroom that doesn’t have room for a nightstand (ahem, like ours). Check it out!
Over The Sink Storage
This over the sink storage is a great idea for your bathroom if you have enough space between your sink and mirror. It keeps the counter free of clutter and it looks cute too. Although there are no step-by-step instructions in the post, it is most likely a simple DIY (that’s just a guess…I have not yet tried this in my own bathroom). Just be careful if you are renting about what your landlord will allow you to do. I don’t want anyone getting into trouble!
My bathroom could really use some floating shelves. They’re very practical and a wonderful way to keep things looking clutter-free. As seen in the link, they can be made yourself and customized for your own unique, small space. And if you want, you can make some for every room in the house!
Source: shanty 2 chic
Hanging Storage Over Kitchen Counter
Let’s be honest – prepping food to cook on a counter that is cluttered is such a pain! This project is very doable and will make your kitchen look neat, organized, and oh-so-cute. But once again, if you are renting, please check with your landlord about whether or not this is something you can do. You want to make sure you get your entire security deposit back when you move out!
Source: no. 29 design
Yes, there is a way to keep drawers more organized! And it can be done with supplies you already have at home. Bonus! Although this tutorial is for a kid’s dresser, this can be done on any drawer in the house.
Source: The Homes I Have Made
Storing Trash Bags
Trash bags on a roll are so convenient when you want to quickly grab a bag. They also free up drawer or cabinet floor space because they can be attached to the side of a cabinet, wall, or some other clever place. Hmm…what else can easily be attached to the inside of a cabinet?
Source: simply organized
Hanging Storage Baskets
Hanging storage baskets are unique and are a total DIY. They can be used in any room in the house and for storing all kinds of different things. And they can easily be moved if you decide you would like them in a different room.
Source: A Pair and Spare DIY
A Cabinet Dedicated to Baking
If you love to bake, then this organized baking cabinet is a must for your home! When you are baking you will easily be able see and grab exactly what you need. No more digging through messy cabinets and drawers! You can even use chalkboard paint or paper on the inside of your cabinet doors for a fun way to display measurements, conversions, and more!
Hanging Fruit Basket
If your kitchen counter is anything like mine, your fruit basket takes up most of the space. Give your counters some breathing room by using a hanging fruit basket instead. So simple!
Wine Rack as a Towel Rack
Due to our lack of a linen closet, we have been struggling to store our towels. This rack fits perfectly in our bathroom and the towels look great in it! They are easy to roll up and so convenient to have so close to the shower. Plus, they are very handy for guests that shower at our place.
All it takes is a little creativity to organize your home and keep it free of clutter. And many options are very budget-friendly, which is always a good thing!
Have you tried any of these ideas before? How did they work for you?
If you know anyone that can benefit from a little organization inspiration, please share this post 🙂
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