Clutter is a constant battle in small spaces so you need to be really clever about how you organize the space you have, no matter how tiny it is! Once you start employing a few of the genius techniques below, you’ll find you’ve created a calmer more organized environment that lets you enjoy your living space a lot more. Some of the ideas below literally take a few minutes to do whilst a few others are slightly bigger projects – but they can be easily carried out by anyone with basic DIY skills. So hopefully you’ll find one or two that will help you get more organized today!
1. Tension Rod Shoe Storage
You’ve got a billion pairs of high heels, but nowhere to put them, right? Well now you do. Using tension rods is the perfect way to store and display your beloved shoes, and the best thing is you don’t need any tools – just a half dozen tension rods and a few minutes to put them in place. Best of all, if you’re renting your property you won’t need to drill any holes or cause any damage to the walls.
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2. Bedside Gadget Caddy Organizer
Tutorial Bedside Gadget Caddy Organizer
3. Layer Hangers
Outwit your cluttered closet and layer hangers with a chain. This will save you a ton of space in a cramped closet and gives you extra sneaky room for all those shopping trips.
Tutorial Layer Hangers
4. DIY Frame Earring Holder
Tutorial DIY Frame Earring Holder
5. DIY Toy Box with Casters
Tutorial DIY Toy Box with Casters
6. Industrial Wine Rack Side Table
Tutorial Industrial Wine Rack Side Table
7. Slide out Shelf
This slide out shelf is ideal for maximizing your storage options. This is ideal for those places like the sides of fridges or behind furniture so you can have your lotions and potions with minimal space!
Tutorial Slide out Shelf
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8. PVC Pipe Tool Storage
Tutorial PVC Pipe Tool Storage
9. Rain Gutter Bookshelves
Tutorial Rain Gutter Bookshelves
10. Shelf Above Door for Tissue Paper
Tutorial Shelf Above Door for Tissue Paper
11. Toy Storage Crates on Wheels
Tutorial Toy Storage Crates on Wheels
12. Under Sink Storage
Tutorial Under Sink Storage
13. Under the Sink Makeover
Tutorial Under the Sink Makeover
14. Use Buckets and Rods for Kids Art Supplies
15. Use PVC Piping to Organize Ties Scarves
16. Use Vertical Spaces
Use your doors for storage like this magnetic shelf! A shelf that hooks onto your door hinges with magnets – now that’s my kinda shelf. You could use this in the kitchen, bedroom and bathroom – the possibilities are endless.
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17. Shelf Expanders
Double space in cupboards with shelf expanders. It’s really important to get the most out of your cupboards for storage so a handy gadget like a shelf expander is vital!
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18. Over Cabinet Storage
Store saran wrap in an otherwise unused space! Get some free space from your cabinet with an over the cabinet basket – you can pop anything from condiments to cleaning products in this!
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19. Under Bed Storage
Use the space under your bed to store extra clothes and shoes. Rolling storage bins for under the bed are perfect for items you’re not wearing like winter clothes in summer for example.
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20. Corner Shelves
Score yourself some extra space in the corner with these shelves. An often overlooked storage space – corners are ideal for little items such as laundry pods or shower gels. The unit is held in place with tension rods so you can put it virtually anywhere!
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21. Command Hooks
Tap into versatile storage anywhere with command hooks! Command hooks are a lifesaver when it comes to finding extra space – especially for renters. Simply peel off the adhesive backing and stick where you need to hang extra items like coats – some of the hooks hold up to 7lbs in weight which could probably hold a step ladder!
Tutorial Command Hooks
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22. Bobby Pin Magnet Strip
There’s really not much to this, you just need to buy your magnetic strip online and put it somewhere handy in your bathroom. So no more rummaging through drawers and toiletries, you’ve got all your bobby pins neatly organized – and again without doing any DIY. (Go to about 5:47 in the video below).
Tutorial Bobby Pin Magnet Strip
23. Wall Mounted Wire Baskets for Towel Storage
Towels, towels everywhere towels! Ok so here’s a really quick way to organize them. Get a couple of these rustic wire baskets online, and all you need is 4 wire clamps and screws to mount them to your wall. This really only takes a few minutes and they look really stylish. Just make sure you use a spirit level to keep them nice and straight!
Tutorial Wall Mounted Wire Baskets for Towel Storage
24. Trash Bags on a Roll
There’s a lot of dead space under your sink, so utilizing it with trash bags rolls is an awesome way them organized and means you’ll never have to go hunting for bags again! You’ll need a few supplies like curtain rod holders and bracket set. But they’ll only cost a few bucks and it’ll be worth every penny!
Tutorial Trash Bags on a Roll
25. Hanging Shoe Rack for Cleaning Supplies
Hanging shoe racks are all the rage and can be used for storing so many things: from children’s toys to kitchen utensils. In this idea we’ve shown how you can store all your cleaning supplies – and the great thing about the see through pockets is you can see exactly what item you need. It might be better to keep your more frequently used items in the lower pockets.
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26. Under Sink Storage
We just can’t get enough of those tension rods! Here’s another brilliant space saving idea for your cleaning supplies (if you don’t want to use the over the door organizer in the previous idea). Once again it will only take a few minutes to put them up – but you can see what a difference they make!
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27. Window Box Bathroom Storage
What makes these wicker baskets so great is that they’re really deep so can store loads of towels, toilet paper and toiletries. Not only that, they look so stylish it’s hard to believe they’re so practical. So check out the tutorial below to see how to make it happen!
Tutorial Window Box Bathroom Storage
28. Hanger Sunglasses Display
It doesn’t get any easier than this! If you have all of 30 seconds just bang a nail in your wall and add a hanger and hey presto you’ve got an instant sunglasses organizer. Go to about 5:13 in the video below to see how to make it.
Tutorial Hanger Sunglasses Display
29. DIY Matchbox Car Garage
If you’ve got boys then you’ve got hundreds of matchbox cars and endless headaches figuring out where to put them all. Well fret no more! Here’s a super awesome tutorial showing you how to re-purpose a shoe rack into a wall mounted garage. Its super easy to make, cheap and your boys will absolutely love it – it’ll be like having their very own car museum!
Tutorial DIY Matchbox Car Garage
30. DIY Shoebox Charging Station
I hate wires. I mean really hate them! So I actually made one of these and it works like a dream. All you need is an old shoebox, glue, grommets (for the holes) and wallpaper. The grommets are a bit tricky to put in – and make sure you use a ruler to keep them all spaced out and in line. Also, try and get fairly wide grommets as the ones I used were a bit small for some of my wires…and that was mucho annoying!
Tutorial DIY Shoebox Charging Station
31. Gold Sprayed Jars
This idea is all about combining function with style. We all know we can use jars to store pretty much anything under the sun but if you follow this tutorial you’ll be able to use your storage as a decor piece. 2 in 1 ideas is what small space storage is all about!
Tutorial Gold Sprayed Jars
32. Hang Paint Brushes on Rod
Here’s a really handy way to store all your paintbrushes: Simply install a couple of screws or hooks into wooden rafters, add a stiff wire then thread through the brush handles.
Tutorial Hang Paint Brushes on Rod
33. Hanging Storage Bins
I love this idea, because it means we get to recycle plastic containers into something really functional and cool looking – but mainly because it’s oh so cheap! Another great thing about this storage device is that the containers are detachable – so if you have crayons for kids (for example) you can take the container down, let the do their artwork wherever they want and when they’re finished they can pack the crayons back in and hang it up on the wall!
Tutorial Hanging Storage Bins
34. Makeup Magnet Board
This is probably the easiest tutorial for makeup magnet boards that I’ve ever seen. It’ll cost about $25 but is most definitely worth the spend. You’ll need magnetic buttons, magnetic tape strips, sheet metal a frame and a few other bits and bobs…so check out the video below for this awesome tutorial!
Tutorial Makeup Magnet Board
35. Mason Jar Bathroom Organizer
Here’s another easy little project that will really help you get all your toiletries organized! You’ll need a plank of wood, some stain, 4 mason jars and 4 hose clamps. All in you could probably make this mason jar organizer for about $12 – and how cool does it look!
Tutorial Mason Jar Bathroom Organizer