Mini, oh my! We as people are often fascinated with tiny things, or miniature
versions of the things we’re used to seeing. Puppies? Adorable.
Babies? So cute! Tiny bedrooms/closets? Not so much.
You might not get those warm, fuzzy feelings when you slide open the door
to your less-than-walk-in closet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t
create a space you love! Neighbourly has some great ideas to maximize
your space in small bedrooms and closets. You
can fall in love with tiny spaces!
Keep, Toss, Donate
Just like you’d begin any other organization project, the best place
to start is by taking inventory of the items you’ll be organizing.
Because you’re working with very small spaces, this step is more
important than ever! It’s crucial to eliminate any unnecessary items
before you can maximize the minimal storage space in your bedroom and closet.
Need help determining which closet items to ditch? At the beginning of
the month, hang your clothes and turn all hangers in one direction. When
you wear a piece of clothing, flip the hanger in the opposite direction.
At the end of the month, whatever hangers haven’t been “flipped”
should be evaluated for tossing/donating.
Check out last week’s blog for more expert advice on keep, toss and
Maximize Your Spaces
Once you’ve thrown away/donated necessary items, you can put things back
smarter. Check out the following tips on maximizing the small spaces in your life:
Look Up – Your square footage might not be anything to boast about, but don’t
underestimate the power of “up!” Incorporating stacking bins,
crates and wall hooks will help you add value to the “vertical”
in your bedroom and closet.
Tuck Under – Clear the dust bunnies! Random misplaced objects likely occupy
the space under your bed now, but that’s about to change. Utilize
this valuable space with rolling storage bins to stow away seasonal clothing
Dress the Door – Are you getting the most out of your closet and bedroom doors?
“Dress” your door for success by adding over-the-door storage
systems, such as shoe racks and baskets.
Take it Outside – Do you have a covered porch, patio, or balcony? Take it outside!
If you have items that could be safely stored outdoors, you’ll be
able to free up valuable indoor storage space.
Work the Wall – Walls aren’t just for décor! Not only can walls serve
as useful storage systems, but they can help free up valuable floor space.
For example, if you have a short wall inside your closet, hang a towel
bar to store scarves. The possibilities are endless!
Raise the Rod – Ready for an unconventional tip? Raise your closet rod, if you’re
able, as high as it will go. This will free up floor space for a storage
chest, dresser, or shoe cubby. Need some help?
Enlist the help of an expert at Mr. Handyman!
Separate the Shelf – Do you have shelf space above the rod? Consider separating the
space with shelf dividers. This way, you can compartmentalize your items
and more efficiently use the space.
Color Psychology – What color are your bedroom walls? Painting your walls cool, light
colors will dramatically open your spaces by making them feel bigger.
Our friends at Five Star Painting can help you complete the transformation!
Mirror, Mirror – When all else fails, add a mirror! Like light paint colors, Mirrors
create the illusion of a larger space.
Check out this blog on the value of mirrors from the experts at Glass Doctor!
With these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to create beautiful and
functional bedroom/closet spaces, no matter the size. If you enjoyed this
check out our tips for the car!
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