Post # 1
My Fiance and I are leasing a amazing victorian home built in 1903. I adore it, it has claw foot tubs, stained glass, all the older home charm. It’s very little 900 sq ft. It’s Fi, our son and I. I need some organizational tips, Im trying to maximize my space. As in most older homes the closets are tiny. Clothing storage is always one of my issues. TIA!
Post # 3
For the last seven years, my husband and I have lived in 400 sq ft, 450 sq feet, and now 525 square feet, so we know alllll about small spaces!
Some things I can think of offhand:
-Use over-door/back-of-door space for storage.
-make the best use of closet space by customizing shelves and hanging areas.
-Put risers on your beds and store things underneath.
-Do a serious item purge. You wouldn’t believe what you don’t need. We’ve lived in small spaces for years and never wished for any extras.
Post # 4
@hotchildinthecity: Awesome thank you!
Yes a trip to Ikea for storage bins, racks, hooks is def in my future!
Post # 5
I agree with the idea of over the door hangers or storage spaces. Also, getting very flat storage totes to store under the bed is a great place to put clothes that you arent wearing for the season. Only keep summer pieces out during the summer and winter stuff out in the winter etc. Also, downsizing is a tremendous feat to tackle, but can really make you feel brand new.
Post # 6
Do a search on Pinterest for Organization. There are lots of great pins.
Post # 7
I love Flylady. (You can google it.) Her main advice on things like this is to declutter. Get rid of anything you don’t use or love.
Post # 8
A few tips-
Put bulletin board material on the back of a cupboard door or two. You can also thumb tack pockets and stuff on them, to hold gift cards and whatnot.
Get those white coated wire shelf stacker things, or the ones that hang down and cram your kitchen and bathroom cupboards full 🙂
Look for anywhere and everywhere that you can add storage units – such as above/around the toilet, corner shelves in hallways, dead space behind doorways, add floating shelves above doorways…
Lastly – have my mom come 🙂 She always seems to make more space magically appear when my parents come to visit!
Post # 9
My husband & I live in a 1 bedroom apartment. Don’t know the footage but we only have one VERY small closet.
We bought two of these: (Want two more!)
We got them for a few bucks at our local Family Dollar. I put all of our clothes we are not using in them (As in during the summer I put our winter items in it, ect.) & I place them at the end of our bed which you cannot even see (our bed only has a few feet left from a wall.) So they are out of the way & out of sight! They came in handy BIG time for clothes. You can get these, fold your clothes put them in it & stack them in your closet, as well.
Also we basically every year usually early spring or late summer go through everything we have & either trash it or donate it. (We only trash items not worth donating.) That keeps things from not piling up. I like to usually do it early spring so once we get lots of new clothes from Christmas we can do away with our old clothes, shoes & lots of other things.
Our rule is if we are not using it right now or do not love it then it does not stay. That way things won’t pile up out of control & just clutter our space.
You can also buy things like this that look decorative & don’t take up much space but are also a big help in having a place to put odds & ends:
That would also look great in a bedroom, guest bedroom, a wide hallway or the living room. You could put shoes, books, games, or anything really in that size range in the larger cabinet. Then smaller things in the drawers.
You can also get these to place shoes in the closet:
Also I love these! You could get one for your bedroom or a guest bedroom to put clothes also.
Also these for the laundry room:
Hope this helps!
Oh & these that go right under the bed. You can find them on targets website & probably in the store!
Post # 10
check out this blog. Some of the stuff is really out there, but some of it is sooo simple and useful! Last weekend I spent hours just going through the posts
Post # 11
Just walk around Home Depot or the Container Store to get ideas.
One thing I did in our house was to install ClosetMaid closet organizers in our bedroom closets. I was able to get rid our dresser and double our clothing space. Like this, but I got the smaller versions for $89
It’s not fancy, but hey, it’s a closet and the doors are shut 99% of the time. I could have gone the DIY California closet type…but once again, it’s a closet, and I’d rather spend my money on something I look at more often!
Pretty much anything that can be made into storage is good – ottomans with storage in them, or tables with baskets and make a skirt to go around it to hide the stuff, etc.