How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home


Hi there!

If you’re coming from my buddy Sarah’s article at Grace in My Space then welcome! It’s that time of year where we want to open the windows, deep clean, and get things organized! In this article I’m sharing How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home with the help of the Container Store! We live in a small older home so that means there’s never enough storage or closet room! But the Container Store has allowed me to make the most out of the space we have!

And bonus! After you check out the spaces I’ve organized you can head over to see several others that my talented blogging friends have done in their homes! They’re linked at the bottom for ya!

*This post contains affiliate links.  If you click on these links and purchase something, I make a commission at no additional cost to you.  This helps to support my blog, so thank you SO much!* Also this post is sponsored by The Container Store but all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

Small Space #1 Entry Closet 

If you look at the picture of our home below you can see that there’s a small pop out as you enter our front door. This has always been an awkward space in our home because it’s only about 18 inches deep. Yet I knew we could utilize this space better. So I decided to finally organize this small space and turn this area into a coat closet/entryway drop spot.

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

Small Space #1 Entry Closet Before

Here’s a look at the space before the Container Store came to the rescue! It’s a difficult space to photograph as well because it’s so small but bear with me it turns out great!

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

Entry Closet Organization 

You can see why this space was a challenge for both function and style. Here’s how I got this small space ready to organize:

  1. Take everything out and clean the space.
  2. Measure the space to know what will fit. One side of this space is about 3 foot wide while the other is only about 18 inches. The Container Store is good about giving product dimensions so that makes it easy!
  3. Paint! This was the last space that was still blue in our home.
  4. The fun part! Shop the Container Store for organization possibilities!

 

What I Ordered to Organize this Small Space!

3 Maple Shaker Peg Racks

White 4-Shelf Shoe Stacker

3 Water Hyacinth Storage Cubes with Handles

 

Boot Tray

Umbra Estique 5-Hook Organizer

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How I Organized the Longer Side of this Small Space

After painting I hung the 3 Maple Shaker Peg Racks on the longer side to hang coats, hats, purses, scarfs, etc. on. I placed 2 on one side and 1 on the other. I love their natural wood tone too!

Next, I assembled the White 4-Shelf Shoe Stacker and set it on this side, but later decided it was more functional on the smaller other side. But the Boot Tray fit this spot like a glove! No more muddy shoes on the floor! Yay! I was happy that they carry this white or clear option!

 

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How I Organized the Shorter Side of this Small Space

For the shorter side of the space Ed built me 3 shelves to place the 3 Water Hyacinth Storage Cubes with Handles on. These will be perfect for smaller items such as hats, gloves, purses, dog harnesses, etc. I really like that they’ll keep things hidden but are also adorable and add lots of texture to the space!

Like I mentioned I moved the White 4-Shelf Shoe Stacker to this side, which made it more accessible. Then I added the Umbra Estique 5-Hook Organizer to the inner wall of this side, which you can’t see from outside our home. This is perfect for keys, wallets, and sunglasses!

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small entryway Spaces in a Small Home

This was very challenging space but now it is incredibly functional and feels like a part of our home when you walk in!

Now c’mon inside for the next space I organized…OUR BEDROOM CLOSET!

Small Space #2 Our Bedroom Closet 

Again our home is right at 1000 sq ft and has 1 CLOSET on the main floor (thank goodness for basements but still!). Our bedroom closet is the only one we have so we have to make the most when organizing this small space!

Here’s the before, no judgment please!

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

Small Bedroom Closet Organization

Again, this is a challenging space because it is so small and there’s also because the basement steps were built out into it. This creates a big deep boxy shelf on the left bottom side.

Here’s how I got this small space ready to organize this small space:

  1. Purged clothes and shoes! I got rid of a TON and it feels so good!
  2. Cleaned the space
  3. Measured the space
  4. Fun part again! Shopped The Container Store for organization possibilities!

Here’s What I Ordered to Organize this Small Space!

Lynk Tall White Solid Shelf Dividers Pkg/2

Joy Mangano Platinum Huggable Hangers Case of 40

White Elfa Utility Closet Door & Wall Rack Solution

 

 

 

How I Organized this Small Closet Space

The Lynk Tall White Solid Shelf Dividers Pkg/2 made for a perfect divider on the top shelf! It keeps jeans and sweatshirts nicely stacked and separated.

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

Let’s talk about these Joy Mangano Platinum Huggable Hangers Case of 40Holy moly I never knew how wonderful hangers could be! They have doubled our closet space because they make your clothes lay very flat and smooth! It’s amazing! Also you’ll never have to worry about your clothes sliding off of them!

Our closet holds most of Ed’s shirts and some of my out of season clothes on the top rack. I also keep clothes in our antique chifforobe and again these hangers saved me so much space! They’re awesome and worth the investment!

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

My Favorite Organization Item

My big ticket item and game changer for our closet was the White Elfa Utility Closet Door & Wall Rack Solution and let me tell ya she’s worth her weight in gold! It took less than 10 minutes to have it assembled on the door and it brought SO MUCH FUNCTION to the space!

Every part of it is movable and customizable and they have so many options for attachments! Now I feel like everything has a place!

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

How to Organize Small Spaces in a Small Home

It can feel overwhelming when you start to organize your home but I hope this article shows how even the smallest spaces can be made functional and organized. No matter where or what you’re organizing if you follow the same steps I did for these small spaces you’ll do well! Just take it one space and one step at a time!

Yay for Organization!

I want to give a big shout out to The Container Store for making helping me organize small spaces in a small home! Both of these small spaces are so much more organized and functional! Plus they look so much better! Personally, I don’t like clutter. It gives me anxiety especially in a small house where we’re short on storage. But when things are organized it feels calm and peaceful in our home.

Now hop on over to see the space my friend Bethany’s organizing in her home at Crisp Collective blog!

 

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