Clever Organization for Small Space Living

Each new year, I hope for a more organized and stress-free home and this year is no different. In fact, this year the feeling is more intense than ever after I recently moved from a 1500 square foot house to a 700 square foot apartment. I had to do some downsizing and then some smarter organizing so that I didn't make myself crazy tripping over boxes. I love finding new ideas for ways to make my home more organized, functional and beautiful.

The start of the year is a great time to reevaluate what you need in your home and how to make the things you have work better for you. This task is made a bit more difficult when you live in a small space, so you have to get creative when it comes to finding a place for everything. Organization becomes more important than ever so you can maximize the use of your precious square footage!

Here are some clever solutions to small spaces that hide away the things you don't want to see and showcase the things you do.

This idea comes from one of my sorority sisters, Ashley Milton. It's such a great idea and it looks pretty, too! If you have the closet space to store all of your accessories, this is a really nice solution for a closet wall. It even makes finding the necklace you're looking for a breeze, so getting ready will be easier, too. If you live somewhere without a walk-in closet, hanging your scarves and jewelry (could even hang heels!) makes an attractive wall design of all your favorite pieces. Ashley, can I please have your closet?! Love these ideas!

For extra space in your kitchen cabinets, use a tension rod to hang your spray bottles, freeing up space underneath for baskets to organize sponges, dishwashing tablets, etc. An ingenious way to store more things you want hidden so that they are easily accessible.

For even more under sink storage, add some screw-on or over-the-door baskets to hold additional cleaning supplies, like these from Home Decorators Collection. I use a basket like this for my aprons on one under-sink cabinet, and another with rods to hold dish towels and rags. Keeps the counters clean and the storage freed up for more important things!

Rubbermaid makes awesome stackable storage containers to improve space use and to save you from having an avalanche of plasticware raining down on you when you open your cabinets. Worth the small investment for the sanity you gain, and you'll never lose another lid to your lunch containers!

In the bathroom, you can attach magnetic strips for holding grooming utensils and bobby pins. You can even use this same solution in the kitchen with knives to free up counter and drawer space. I am constantly losing bobby pins, so this is a welcome solution for me!

Finally, whenever possible, purchase furniture that doubles as storage. A coffee table can also hold extra coasters and blankets, or even board games; a bed can have hidden drawers to hold off-season clothes so that your closet isn't cramped. The possibilities are limitless.

We hope you will take some time to de-clutter and reorganize with us as we begin the new year on a clean, composed note! We'd love to hear your organization tips. How do you solve your small space organization problems?