Recently, small homes have skyrocketed in popularity. Small living spaces are not only cheaper and easier to maintain, but they also offer homeowners a simpler, more minimalist lifestyle.

However, small homes are more likely to accumulate unnecessary clutter. Simply shoving unused items into closets, drawers, or the basement is not an option in a home that’s light on storage space. Fortunately, there are many clever storage solutions that can help you make the most of your limited space.  

Utilize Nooks 

Some homes feature small, out-of-the-way nooks and crannies that go unused. In smaller homes, these nooks can be used to store everything from pillows and blankets to clothing and appliances. Under-the-window spaces can be converted into reading nooks, storage benches, or other useful spaces.

Find Multipurpose Furniture 

If you don’t have enough space for both a desk and a storage cabinet, consider using multipurpose furniture that acts as both. By utilizing your desk’s built-in shelving, you can keep your workspace clear and your office supplies within reach. Make sure your desk chair fits under the table so it can be tucked away while not in use.  

Make the Most of Your Doors 

Doors are an often-overlooked storage solution. You can store crafting items, jewelry, shoes, and so much more in space-efficient, behind-the-door storage bags. This maximizes storage space without introducing more clunky bins into the home.

Hang it Up 

Pots and pans can be tricky to store because they take up so much space. Consider installing shelving or using detachable hooks to hang them above the kitchen island or the sink so they’re out of the way.

Pack Your Bags 

Suitcases are usually empty when not in use, making them ideal for storing out-of-season clothing items. In the summer, stashing sweaters or winter coats in suitcases will save space in your closet. As the cold sets in, switch them out for tank tops and shorts.

Utilize Pull-Out or Pull-Down Racks

Typically used in kitchens and bathrooms, pull-down or pull-out racks are great ways to keep your living space uncluttered and can be used to store knives, spices, garbage cans, laundry baskets, and more. These racks fit snugly within existing cabinets and can be swung up or pushed in when not in use to keep things looking tidy and clean.

Pull-out and pull-down racks are easy to install, making them the perfect weekend DIY project, and they can even be paired with outlets for convenient appliance plug-ins.

Display Items 

Sometimes the best way to store an item is to display it! If you have an abundance of plants, make them a focal point in your home with macrame plant hangers. Similarly, extra artwork can be used to create a gallery wall, freeing up storage space and adding a personal touch to your home.  

Organize Your Closet 

Your closets can likely store more than you think. Declutter your closet and organize what’s left using a concrete closet organization system. Store all clutches and similar accessories upright to save space; find thin or stacked hangers to hang as many items as possible; and utilize vacuum sealed bags to store out-of-season clothing in as little space as possible.

Use Clear Bins 

Storage bins can help you minimize wasted space—plus, they’re sturdier and look cleaner than cardboard boxes. Use clear storage bins so you can see, at a glance, what items are inside, or carefully sort and label your bins for an organized storage solution.

Leave the Rest to Minnesota Home Interiors  

Whether you need help designing a gallery wall, a closet, or an entire room, Minnesota Home Interiors can help. Our expert design team works with you to design the space of your dreams—no matter how much space you have.

Contact us today to learn more!