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35 Ingenious Tricks For Organizing Small Spaces

posted: 04/14/15
by: Stephanie Vuolo
35 Ingenious Tricks For Organizing Small Spaces
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35 Ingenious Tricks For Organizing Small Spaces
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In theory, a small space should be the easiest of all to keep organized. After all, how much stuff can you really cram into a tiny drawer? However, little things accumulate quickly in these nooks and crannies since they are so well tucked away and forgotten. Over time it becomes quite a mess. A few little tricks can help make it almost effortless to maintain an orderly system in a variety of areas that often get neglected.

Medicine Cabinet

1. Make the medicine cabinet functional and beautiful by only keeping items in it that you use on a daily or weekly basis.
2. Relocate cold medications and products you use occasionally to store under the sink, in the guest bath, or in the guest room.
3. Organize items first by size, so that you can maximize vertical space by adjusting the shelves, and then group items by purpose, such as for skin care.
4. Discard all expired cosmetics and prescription medicines.
5. Use small, clear plastic containers to control small items like tweezers, nail clippers, and scissors to keep them accessible.
6. Store make-up brushes, eye-liner pencils, and mascara in a divided cup so they are easy to find.

Linen Closet

7. Fold each sheet, especially the hard to manage fitted one, so it lays flat and is streamlined.
8. Place each folded sheet set inside one of its pillowcases so that you can always find the complete bedding at once.
9. Group towels by bathroom, then by size (all master bath towels together; all master bath washcloths together).
10. Create space around each item on the shelves-- textiles need to breathe for safe storage.
11. Limit your linens to three sets per bed and three sets of towels per person. Anything more then this should be donated.
12. Label your shelves - even if it's just with painter's tape -- to keep sets organized and to make it simple to put everything back after laundry day.
13. If you're short on space in your linen closet, keep linens in the room where they are used. Then you will free up a whole closet for other storage needs.

Electronics

14. Guarantee you'll find the right charger, gadget, or cord by placing them in one centralized location, such as a kitchen drawer or office shelf.
15. Manage cords so they stay contained and stored easily with Gear Ties or another cable management device.
16. Label each cord with a loop of painter's tape or with a print at-home identification label to make it a breeze to find the right charger or USB cable when you need it.
17. Use clear pouches or plastic bags to fill with easily misplaced small items -- like memory cards, flash drives, and cartridges for handheld video games.
18. Keep unidentified objects, like remote controls and cables, until you have time to test or identify and label them. If they aren't needed any longer, be sure to donate them to charity or recycle them.

Food-Storage Containers

19. Keep only the containers you use all the time. All others can be passed on to charity or passed on to friends filled with a snack.
20. Discard anything damaged, missing a top or a bottom, or that has a strong odor.
21. Find matches quickly by keeping lids on top of bottoms, but don't seal them (this can lead to stale smells).
22. Nest smaller containers into larger ones to maximize your space.
23. Use a drawer divider to keep containers in order; try lids on one side, bottoms on the other.
24. Corral really small items into a non-food container so they don't get lost or rattle around the drawer.

Pantry

25. Organize items by use and category rather than by size. For example, create a snack drawer with what you use to pack lunches or reach for on the go, and a baking section with sugar and flours. This saves time and money because nothing is lurking where it shouldn't be. You will know exactly where everything is and not buy duplicates of what you already have.
26. Once you have everything grouped accordingly, place the most used and healthiest items at eye level -- this way they will be choosen first.
27. Keep smaller items or items that are commonly used together like vanilla, cupcake liners, and baking soda in clear plastic bins or decorative baskets so they can be seen or placed on the counter quickly as a group when following a recipe.
28. Repackage items in clear, lidded containers with labels so they stay fresh and you can identify how much and what you have on hand before your next trip to the grocery store.
29. Discard expired and outdated products regularly. Many pantry items are stamped with an expiration date. Spices are best used within one year of purchase, so stick on a small dated label right when you unpack them from the store.

Playrooms

30. Contain toys to certain areas of the house and corral them so the pieces stay together, or else your whole house becomes overrun and it's easy for things to go missing.
31. Small things tend to get lost easily in deep bins. Use shallow, clear bins with lids for organizing toys, and pencil pouches for keeping pieces to games or puzzles together.
32. Use toy chests for extra large toys like trucks and big blocks.
33. Place a label on bins and shelves so babysitters and older kids can help to keep things organized.
34. Toys seems to duplicate overnight. Save money by creating new storage devices from empty baby wipes containers or cardboard shoe boxes.
35. Reinforce the rule that some toys have to be put away before more come out. Create a specific storage spot for each toy, to make it easier for your kids to follow through on the clean up.