5 Small Space Storage Hacks That Will De-clutter Your Life

Moving from a two bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment with my wife and our fur baby was challenging, to say the least. When it comes to cramming our lives, complete with a comic book collection, and my freelance business, into 400 square feet-organization is key. We quickly realized if you bring your big past life and try to seamlessly fit it into your smaller lifestyle, you will find yourself in a constant state of disarray and frustration. So I was relieved to find some unique organizing options when I stumbled upon UncommonGoods. Have you heard of them? Just in case you haven’t, let me tell you a little about it. They work with artists and small manufacturers to make sure the products are offered in socially and environmentally responsible manner. With them you get to make a positive impact on the environment while shopping for creative multipurpose storage.  Whether you’ve just landed your first apartment (hooray!) or are wrestling with what to do with all your stuff now that you’re living in a smaller space these tips will definitely come in handy.

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1. Use Your Verticle Space. This made the single biggest difference in how we utilize our space (besides caving in and renting public storage) was to purchase vertical shelves and arrange them to make a custom wall unit. We also take advantage of the space under the bed, under the sofa, and over cabinets.

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The wooden shelves can be found here.

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These adorable fire escape shelves can be found here.

2. Store things where you use them. We keep the cooking utensils on the counter next to the stove,  and a roll of trash bags at the bottom of the wastebasket.

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The toilet paper storage can be found here.25696_3_1200px

The cooking utensil caddy can be found here.

3. Make it multifunctional. Multipurpose items, like our dining table doubles as my office space and our wall mounted coat rack saves floor space and is also used to store hats and scarves. 22156_1_1200px

The jewelry holder can be found here.

4. Buy pieces you don’t mind looking at. If you’re short on storage most things will be visible at all times so it’s worth a little extra up front to avoid staring at something you hate.43061_1_1200px

The magnetic key holder can be found here.

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The wine rack can be found here.

5. Maximize the space you do have with space saving products. Decluttering is an unending art form. Sometimes, the solution is to get rid of things you don’t need, but other times you have to keep a bunch of stuff in a small space. Visit UncommonGoods to see more stylish ways to save space from a brand committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals. They also have a great selection of gifts on this page if you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping.

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The mason jar wall caddy can be found here and the bottle loft can be found here.

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Do you have any space-saving tips? Share them in the comment section below.

 

Chicago-BloggersThis post was sponsored by UncommonGoods, but all opinions are my own.

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    Just in time for our move!! We are moving from a two bedroom townhouse to a three bedroom home but the home is smaller(go figure).

    1. Dāsha says:

      Don’t you just hate that. Somehow no matter where you move there’s wasted space in the design. Good thing so many companies cater to small living now.

  2. missmollymoonblog says:

    Oh my gosh, these tips are so good. I think I might be the queen of clutter!

    Molly | Hey There Sunshine

  3. This is my life, haha! ALL my decor doubles as something functional!
    XO, Kristi
    Founder, 522envy.com

  4. dannie54 says:

    i love every single one of these ideas! Our space isn’t TINY but it’s pretty small and this stuff is perfect for maximising space!

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

  5. Michelle says:

    Love this! Thanks for the tips!!

  6. M.G. Guyton says:

    I’m obsessed with the bottle loft and the fire escape shelf 🙄😍 both functional and visually stunning! So thankful for my wife/ orginization savant 😘

    1. Dāsha says:

      Aww😍 I love you short stuff😙 Thanks for stopping by😉

  7. Tami says:

    We just moved into a new home. We are decluttering as we obviously have too much stuff but implementing hacks like this will be beneficial as well.

    1. Dāsha says:

      For me picking one room at a time to organize made a HUGE difference. I hope you envoy your new home Tami 😉

  8. I also live in a small apartment, so these are super helpful tips!! Might even get my husband the magnetic bottle holder for Christmas, that is awesome!

    Thanks!

    Xo, Brianne
    http://www.scrubsandsparkles.com

    1. Dāsha says:

      It’s surprising how much these little changes make a big difference. I’m sure your husband will love his gift especially is it comes with beer😉

  9. Amanda Kruse says:

    These are all genius ideas!

    xx,
    Amanda || http://www.fortheloveofglitter.com

  10. This makes me want to reorganize my entire life! ha! So many good tips!

  11. elle spann says:

    i need to use my vertical space more! as soon as i can unclutter the boxes, I’m going to do this!
    elle
    Southern Elle Style

  12. Rachel Broas says:

    SO creative! I love all these ideas!

    xo,
    Rachel
    http://www.simplypoisedfashion.com

  13. This is such a great and informative post! I love using vertical space and will be sure to keep the other hacks in mind for my upcoming move! xo

    1. Dāsha says:

      Good morning Kari, good luck with the upcoming move, so glad I could help.

  14. Great ideas! I’m obsessed with the fire escape shelves and the toilet paper storage.

    1. Dāsha says:

      Me too, they’re so adorable 🤗

  15. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the tips I’m feeling very overwhelmed with this move.

    1. Dāsha says:

      Great, let me know if there’s a specific area you need tips for😉

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