Maximizing Small Spaces

I used to live in a small one-bedroom apartment with my 4 year old son. We didn't have a lot of room so the space we did have was very important! Some of the inexpensive and easy ways I used to maximize space were:


  1. Use shower organizers. I had one that hung over the shower head and one that hung over the shower bar. I put shampoos and conditioners in one, and hung our sponges from it, and in the other I put soaps and body washes. This also helps keep mold and mildew from forming as fast on the edges of your tub since your products aren't sitting there trapping water. Cost? I spent $1.50 for both of them. I went to the Dollar Store and a discount store.
  2. Pretty stacking baskets are a great way to make more room in your linen/bathroom closet and to make it look pretty. I got some at the Dollar Store and Wal-mart, and use them for organizing spare hygiene items, curling irons, bath toys, and anything that might get lost in among the towels.
  3. Try putting a small rolling cart with drawers in your bathroom for items like toilet paper, hand towels, Q-tips, styling products, and other items you use a lot. I got mine for $6.99 at Wal-mart and it has 3 roomy drawers but doesn't take up a lot of space.
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  5. In my son's bedroom, I use cute pop-up totes for toys. I got them for $15.00 for 3 Disney Cars totes medium, large, and extra large. They are great because they keep his toys easily in reach. They also help to keep them organized and contained while adding some decoration to his room. It is easier for him to put his toys away too, because he can just look in each tote to see what goes in them.
  6. In my kitchen, I have an old small cabinet salvaged off someone's lawn. It originally had doors on it, but they were broken so I guess that is why they threw it away. I took the doors off and cleaned it, and my toaster oven sits on top of it. I use the 3 shelves for cookbooks, my ramekins and ceramic baking dishes, and boxes of cereal. Cost: Free.
  7. Another way I maximize space, is in my bedroom, on top of my dressers, instead of stacking stuff on top, I use small Rubbermaid organizers and pretty baskets from the Dollar Store to put my makeup, jewelry, and other items in. It keeps it where I have easy access, but I can fit more, and it looks neat and decorative. Cost: I spent $7.00 for 3 baskets and a 3 drawer organizer that is 9 inches tall. I found a cute little wood cabinet with drawers for jewelry on someone's tree lawn.
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    Source: Experience and decorating shows on cable.

    By Shannon M. from Lakewood, OH

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December 30, 20130 found this helpful

Great post! I really like what you did with the small cabinet you salvaged.

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