Storage & Organization: Small Spaces

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Storage and organization… It’s the one thing we all wish we had more of, but it often eludes us like a pair of Louboutins on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue.

If you’re living in a small space, the struggle is real. Not only is there no room to put your extensive shoe and purse collection, along with your wardrobe that spans the last six years (you’ve got things in there that are so outdated they’re almost back in style again), but you’ve also had to negotiate with your linen closet how to hold your seasonal duvet covers and patterned sheet sets. We won’t even begin on the lack of kitchen storage space, which has left appliances you never use taking up your precious counter space.

The good news is that there are solutions to organization and storage problems for those with less than large living spaces—and no, you don’t have to attend a meeting for your hoarding tendencies and purge everything you own. There are several solutions that are much easier and more cost effective than you think! (No storage unit rentals required!)

Rock On Entertainment Center by Somerton Dwelling"Rock On" by Somerton Dwelling

· Choose a versatile wall unit:  Wall units or entertainment centers aren’t all created equal. When shopping for a wall unit, look for one that is multifunctional to serve several needs in addition to holding your TV, like wine storage, book shelving and drawers for storing your DVD collection. This will free space in other rooms and give your home more breathing room.

Claire De Lune Panel Bed by Somerton Dwelling

 · Take advantage of unused space:  Space underneath your bed or the space above your kitchen cabinets are excellent spots to stash your stuff and keep your life more manageable without feeling like you’re drowning in your belongings. If you’re in the market for a new bed, opt for one with built-in under the bed storage, like the Claire De Lune Panel Bed.  It allows you to store clothes, linens or other personal items without having to invest in extra storage bins. 

· Have regular yard sales: Let’s be honest with yourself for a moment; how often do you really use that Panini maker? Every few months, go through your belongings and host a yard sale, give it away to a friend or donate to charity. Then you might donate your earnings to a worthy charity…after all, you don’t need to go buy more stuff!

 Smokin' Hot dining room table by Somerton DwellingSmokin' Hot by Somerton Dwelling

· Invest in multi-functional furniture:  Purchasing furniture that can serve multiple purposes and move through life’s stages can be heaven sent to your storage needs and wallet.  Pick out a coffee table with storage stools for extra seating that also allows you to stash your DVD collection, or opt for a dining table with hidden drawers to keep some kitchen necessities at your fingertips, like Somerton Dwelling’s “Smokin' Hot” dining room table.

Via Apartment Therapy

· Use space saving products: Things like over-the-door hangers can help you save storage space and keep your belongings organized. Don’t take up valuable space under the sink; instead, use an over-the-door shoe hanger to store all of your cleaning supplies and extra toiletries.

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