Whether living in a home with dysfunctional storage closets, in a tiny apartment or a tiny home, you might feel like you’re limited on storage solutions and have been surrounded by more clutter than you’d like.
If your worst nightmare is having to live with the clutter — have no fear. Below are 25 storage ideas for small spaces to put stuff away while also making them easy to access.
Storage Ideas for Any Budget:
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- Use Over-The-Door Hooks
- Add Cubbies to Any Shelf
- Use Tables with Two Surfaces
- Flex the Good Stuff
- Get Rid of Old Stuff
- Make Furniture Multi-functional
- Hang Things From The Ceiling
- Hang Things on Walls
- Fold Blankets or Towels on Storage Ladders
- Get Ottomans with Storage
- Store Stuff Under the Bed
- Utilize Trundle & Day Beds
- Put Accessories on Display
- Opt for a Shoe Hanger
- Stick Corner Shelves in the Shower
- Vacuum Seal Extra Linens & Comforters
- Get a Rolling Cart with Shelves
- Declutter & Organize Your Make Up
- Use as Much Vertical Space as Possible
- Bring in the Bath Caddy
- Magnetize Spices
- Drawer Organizers
- Install Floating Shelves, Bars & Hooks
- Organize Vertically
- Use Up Corner Space with Lazy Susans
Top Storage Ideas to Maximize Any Small Space
No matter how much square footage you’re working with, take advantage of every inch with the right storage ideas for small spaces, bedrooms, kitchens and more. Below are storage ideas that you can use in any room in your home. After that, we’ll go over specific rooms!
Use Over-The-Door Hooks
Over-the-door hooks are great, inexpensive storage creators that come in many widths, colors and materials. No coat closet? No problem. Buy a set of over-the-door hooks and hang one on the front door to store daily coats or rain jackets. Easily organize purses and bookbags in bedrooms, keep used towels off the floor, or hang reusable grocery bags close to the garage.
Add Cubbies to Any Shelf
If you lack storage for items like electronic chords or need to reduce the clutter on side tables or bookshelves, cubed cubbies are an affordable storage solution. You can buy them all in one color for a clean look or get creative with mismatched tones or materials.
How cubbies can add easy access storage to any small space:
- Office supplies
- Kids & pet toys
- Toilet paper
- Bedside table extras
- Remotes & controllers
- Misc. electronic chords
Use Tables with Two Surfaces
Coffee tables and side tables with a top and bottom shelf offer double the surface for the same floor space. Of course you can find bedroom side tables with cabinets and drawers, but double shelf tables are great for cubbies and add storage for homes without a lot of space.
Flex the Good Stuff
Hanging or displaying attractive items you use is a great way to free up cabinet, counter and closet space for storage. By hanging pots and pans from the ceiling or hats on your bedroom wall, your home’s storage space and character will grow.
If you have a love of mugs but not enough space to store them, simply screw a few hooks to the bottom of a cabinet to create extra storage and display your favorite mugs.
Get Rid of Old Stuff
Decluttering is a fail-proof way to create space whether you need more closet or counter space. While organizing your items in storage, it’s a good idea to ask do you need it, do you like it, and does it work before allowing that item to take up valuable storage space.
Here are a few no-brainer items you can get rid of right now:
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Make Furniture Multi-functional
While a pullout sofa and futon are obvious examples, you can find lounge furniture that doubles as beds that aren’t as bulky as a frumpy 1-inch futon. It depends on your budget, but modular sofas offer endless arrangements that even include storage.
When situating furniture in especially small spaces, think creatively! Double a dog kennel’s utility by using the top of it as a different surface in your home office if you have to.
Hang Things From The Ceiling
If your home has a garage, keep it neat while dealing with little storage space by installing an overhead garage storage system like EZ glide tote slides. Depending on how big your garage is and your storage needs, this one system could solve all your storage problems.
Free up cluttered areas by hanging plants. This way you can invite more greenery in without sacrificing square footage.
Hang Things on Walls
Before placing anything on the ground or in a drawer, look at the wall space and see if there’s any way to mount it up or hide it in a closet or cabinet. Pegboards have become a really stylish, highly-customizable solution to organize tools and accessories.
Hang wall key hooks to free up counter space or clip brooms and other cleaning supplies behind doors or on walls. If you have a really small living room, consider wall mounting your television to avoid having a bulky console take up space.
Fold Blankets or Towels on Storage Ladders
If you don’t have any linen storage, lean a decorative ladder against a wall in your bathroom or an over-the-toilet shelving unit to place clean towels in an easily accessed location. You can also lean a ladder in the living room or a bedroom to store extra blankets.
Get Ottomans with Storage
This multi-functional piece of furniture is such a missed opportunity to not have that we gave it its own section. From wide ottoman benches for the edge of your bed to your cozy reading corner, no doubt you’ll find a use for an ottoman with a lid for storage.
Storage for Small Bedrooms
How do you store all of your clothing and bedtime needs in a way that doesn’t cause overwhelm? Storage for bedrooms is one of the biggest challenges but not one you can’t solve with a little creative thinking. See below for small bedroom storage ideas.
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Store Stuff Under the Bed
If you have a bed skirt, save money by using simple boxes to loosely organize and store items under your bed. If you have a platform bed or don’t have a bed skirt, opt for wicker baskets, sleek boxes, or wooden crates that go with your bedroom decoration.
If you’re looking for storage for small bedrooms without closets, definitely spend time finding larger, under-the-bed storage systems that you can easily slide in and out from under your bed. For example, IKEA sells smart cubes that you can assemble in any way to organize all of your clothing even you don’t have a closet.
Utilize Trundle & Day Beds
While they don’t add storage, trundle beds fit underneath often twin-sized beds so even if you have a tiny bedroom, multiple guests can stay after you simply roll out the trundle mattress.
To create more storage space in a small bedroom, invest in a bed frame or headboard with cubbies or drawers.
Put Accessories on Display
If you’re not looking to purchase new furniture or would prefer storage ideas for small bedrooms on a budget, skip the fancy closet organizer and use a hanging necklace organizer or bar to organize your necklaces, scarves, bracelets, and other accessories.
Opt for a Shoe Hanger
You can increase clothing storage space in small bedrooms by using a shoe organizer either behind the bedroom door or inside the closet instead of letting your bulky shoes hog up space on closet shelving. By hanging shoes, you can now fold clothes you don’t want to be hung like sweaters, leggings, and workout clothes.
Storage for Bathrooms
Lacking storage in bathrooms? Check out the following storage ideas to organize your bathroom clutter without stress.
Stick Corner Shelves in the Shower
Avoid the slippery hair and body product avalanche in the shower with corner shelves! You can get a set of 3 shelves with a pole that secures them to the ceiling, or the other option is to buy individual shower corner shelves that use suction cups to attach to your bathroom tile.
Vacuum Seal Extra Linens & Comforters
Make more linen storage space by vacuum sealing your bulky blankets and comforters.
Get a Rolling Cart with Shelves
Not only is this extra linen space, but if you have a tub you can roll it close by during a bath or next to you while doing your makeup for extra space to spread out your brushes.
Declutter & Organize Your Make Up
The less makeup you own, the less space you’ll need. Instead of letting your makeup roll around in a drawer, buy a few small, clear plastic tubs to organize brushes, lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushes, and everything else to maximize your bathroom storage.
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Use as Much Vertical Space as Possible
Just like double-tiered tables, placing a portable shelf under the sink is a no tools needed storage solution that doubles your space.
Bring in the Bath Caddy
Share a bathroom with more than one person? If there’s not enough room for each of your day-to-day products, maybe the best place for them isn’t the bathroom. Either set up a way to get ready in your bedroom or fit a bath caddy with the products you rely on to use as needed.
Storage for Small Kitchens
Whether you love to cook or cook to live, working with small space kitchen storage is important to avoid overwhelming clutter keeping you from being efficient in the kitchen. Here are a few kitchen organization ideas that keep the daily-used-items at easy access.
Upper cabinet space is prime real estate in small kitchens. By magnetizing spices with a magnetic sticker to the bottom of a cupboard close to your stove, you free up cupboard space for other dishware without taking up the counter space that traditional spice racks take.
Find your silverware faster with utensil organizers. If you have a drawer big enough, purchase a spice drawer organizer to store them there instead of in a cupboard.
Install Floating Shelves, Bars & Hooks
Add a little flair to your sink area by installing a stainless steel bar to hang a couple of decorative plants along with your dish cleaning supplies.
Short on cabinets and dislike exposing your dishware? Install a couple of modern floating cabinets in your dining room and then surround them with floating shelves to make a cabinet into a functional piece of art.
Like in the bathroom, use portable storage shelves to add potential storage in kitchen cabinets that lack shelves.
Use Up Corner Space with Lazy Susans
Reach all corners of your cabinet space by storing your extra pots, pans, and cooking equipment on spinning storage solutions. These also ensure you never forget the old wok pan in the back. Who knows, you may even start using that instant pot you’re scared of.
Sometimes You Simply Need to Downsize
We mentioned it once, but it’s worth suggesting again. If you’re having a hard time keeping your belongings from littering your home, purge all of your old, broken, unused, double, and unnecessary clutter in your home.
🚗 Too Much Junk for Your Trunk. While 25% of people with two-car garages don’t have room to park cars inside them, 32% only have room for one vehicle. (U.S. Department of Energy).
But what do you do with the bulky, too-heavy-for-you junk? Easy. Free up storage space in any room of your home by getting LoadUp to haul away unwanted items, such as:
LoadUp’s online booking means you can skip the traditional on-site estimate. Instead, just schedule a pickup that fits your schedule for an instant price. Plus, relax knowing we take items for donation and recycling when possible to keep the community green.
Once you get rid of the extra stuff, you can follow the above storage ideas for small spaces to take advantage of all your square footage without getting overwhelmed with clutter the minute you walk in your front door.
You’ll thank yourself when your storage solutions seamlessly fall into place with your daily routines. The hardest part is just getting started.
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