It’s hard enough to stay organized in a house with plenty of closests and rooms and an office and on and on….but if you live in a small space, the challenge is multiplied! Not only do you not have as many storage options available to you, anything that’s out of place will be more easily noticed when the space is limited.
I think there are 2 key points here – pare down, and polish up! Here’s what I mean:
Pare down– you obviously don’t have room for all the things you may own. Clothes, pictures, CDs, books, etc., may have to be stored with a friend or relative for a while. This might also be a great time to purge things you don’t wear/read/listen to by donating them to Goodwill or another charity! Try to eliminate the possessions that are not necessary or thrilling – if you haven’t worn it, read it, or listened to it in 6 months, chances are you don’t need it, and you may not even remember you have it!
Polish up – once you have a smaller amount of ‘stuff’, it will be much easier to organize it, and KEEP it that way. I suggest starting with a plan – on paper, write down every area in your home that needs to be organized. Closet, pantry, cupboards, bathroom, office – list any area you can think of. Don’t forget to list things like paperwork and schedules, too! Those are often overlooked items that can cause major headaches when you don’t stay on top of them.
Once you have a plan in place, begin to tackle it – only one area a day. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself and end up quitting altogether. Let’s use the bathroom for an example- you may have a tiny bathroom, with just enough room to turn around. No counter, no medicine cabinet, no drawers – just the basics. How the heck are you supposed to keep THAT organized?? The best and most often overlooked space is your wall! You can purchase inexpensive but attractive shelves in plastic or wicker, that will not require heavy support. Find clear bins or jars to house your necessities – displaying them attractively will make it look less cluttered. There are also over-the-door hanging options, too. A hanging shoe bag can be a great organizing tool for a small bathroom. Each pocket can be used for the things you use daily, such as toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, makeup, cotton balls, etc.
Hope this helps, and please keep suggestions for topics coming!