The other day I showed you some super cute small houses, and judging from the comments and some emails I received, it’s not surprisingly an idea many of you are embracing. I’ve been thinking about what it is I like about small houses. Maybe it’s simply nostalgia. As a little girl I loved playing in playhouses with my sister and friends when I was little. Pretending we were about to have a dinner party, deciding what to cook, how to set the table. Remember the Easy Bake Oven? Such fun times.
I also love a challenge. It’s easy to have enough storage if your house is 5,000 square feet, but you definitely need to be creative with a small house. I’ve put together some new and not-so-new ideas for you, and remember, you don’t have to have a small house to utilize some of these concepts.
Although I like the idea of storing items on a ladder, when I take a good look at this picture I think it would start to bother me to have the ladder taking up that much floor space. It’s a nice thought though.
While researching some ideas, one thing I noticed was oftentimes putting an idea like this together is not inexpensive, but definitely worth it. Even if you have a nice size bedroom, this is a fabulous use of space that any child would love.
The depth of these shelves see to be about four inches, and just look at how much stuff can be stored! This is an area often overlooked in bathrooms. I’m not sure I’d want the toilet paper front and center like this, but that’s just me ;).
Cut a table in half and secure it to some shelving. Great idea, but this doesn’t give enough working space. Maybe something a little larger? What do you think?
The area under staircases has so much potential. This is only one idea that wouldn’t be too expensive to do. If you’d like to see some more, check out my Pinterest Board here.
This item is from Ikea, and I believe it comes in black and brown. I’m thinking about getting it for the cabin. Fisherman has a habit of leaving about 4 pairs of shoes by the entryway, and it kinda drives me nuts. Problem solved.
Shallow storage that takes up only a few inches is super efficient. If you have some empty space like this in your kitchen, check out the how to in the link below.
This small space isn’t lacking in color and character. To amp up the storage possibilities, make sure the ottoman has storage within. If you’re going to have a side table, make sure it affords some storage potential like this one.
Reading nooks/trundles are fabulous for small spaces. This design really makes great use of the nearby wall, creating a perfect spot for some books and decorative items.
Nesting tables are a small rooms best friend. Get some in glass or acrylic, and it’s even better. I’ve even seen some cocktail tables that use this same concept.
Speaking of which, glass,mirrors or acrylic furniture is a perfect choice for small spaces. They add very little visual weight and appear to disappear in the space, creating the illusion of a larger room.
I’m a big fan of covering tables with cloths and utilizing the area underneath. I did just that in my craft space and it really helps to keep the space looking neat and organized, even when it’s not!
I always loved the look of banquettes. It doesn’t matter if you have a huge kitchen or not, I would totally have one of these in my kitchen if the space allowed. Have storage in the benches for items like tablecloths, seldom used appliances, cookware, etc.
Rather than have knives taking up counter space or an entire drawers, check out the tutorial on how to build one of these awesome under the cabinet drawers. Are you paying attention Fisherman??
So what do you think? Are any of these ideas something that you would consider doing? Do you have any tips to share on organizing small spaces?