Keeping a small home ready for guests can be challenging to say the least. Depending on how cluttered or “lived-in” your small home looks, you have probably played the “hide the junk game,” more times than you can count. You don’t have to play this game as often as you do or at least, not in the same way. For you die-hard “hide the junk” players, here are the best cheap organization ideas for small spaces.
5 Best Cheap Organization Ideas for Small Spaces
1. Stair Storage
This area is often overlooked when thinking about tiny house organization ideas. If you don’t already have a closet under the stairs, create one. A closet area under stairs is actually called a spandrel. Store tools for quick cleanups there. For more storage, use the actual stairs themselves. Turn each step into a drawer, either inside the closet or outside. If the drawers are accessible from outside the closet, make sure they are always closed tightly. You may want to use a magnetic closure to ensure that the drawers close.
2. Top Shelf Storage
Create ceiling shelves (high shelving) inside your closets to provide additional storage for things you want to keep out of sight or to hold seasonal items. Ceiling shelves added around the perimeter of the room provide you with wonderful storage or display areas for your collectibles, old books, and other items that you prefer people don’t touch.
3. Furniture Storage
Ottomans that open up are a great place for storing things like blankets, toys, or clutter when organizing small spaces on a budget. Coffee table storage areas are wonderful. Just add drawers and/or shelves underneath the tabletop. This is a nice place to store magazines and books. You can also use this storage area to quickly baby-proof or pet-proof a room. These multi-function storage spaces are great ideas for keeping things safe, neat, and organized.
4. Corner Storage
Corners are often considered dead space, meaning that very little will fit in the area. However, they can provide excellent storage areas with a little imagination. Since corners meet at a right angle, this means that any square table or shelving, preferably wooden, will fit nicely, at least on 2 sides.
If you don’t want a corner sticking out into the room, you may want to modify the square item. For example, you can cut a square tabletop in half (diagonally, making a triangle) to get a flat edge that can face outward or simply round off that corner. Keep in mind that if you cut the tabletop into a triangle, you may also need an additional table leg for support. You can get a lot of storage area out of one tiny little corner, especially if the storage area goes from floor to ceiling.
5. Bed Storage
There are many ways to turn a bed into a storage area. Loft and bunk beds almost instantly provide great work and/or storage areas. For standard beds, you can create a frame for drawers that will slip easily under the bed. If closet space is minimal, or the bedroom is small, adding drawers and/or shelves under the bed is a super awesome way to add more storage space.
Murphy Beds actually have hinges on them that enable you to fold them up against the wall when you’re done sleeping on them so you can truly make the most of your bedroom living space.
Keeping Storage Areas Clean
Storage areas tend to accumulate dust over time. The Champion Old Fashioned Dust Mop is perfect for use on floors, walls, and ceilings. Simply run the mop over the dusty area, step outside, and shake the dust off. This dust mop’s electrostatic strands render dusting chemicals unnecessary, although we do offer a high-quality dust mop treatment spray for those that desire extra dust-grabbing power. For small, hard-to-reach areas, our Micro Fiber Dusting Mitt is the perfect dusting tool.
Are you tired of playing the “hide the junk” game when someone drops by unexpectedly? Give the things you hide regularly a new hidden home in the room where you use them the most. Use these awesome cheap organization ideas for small spaces as inspiration to level up your storage game!