Small Space, Big Organization


Arista Plan 2 | Los Angeles/Ventura | Pardee Homes

Some spaces in the home have smaller footprints – think entryway, bathrooms, laundry room, pantry or homework area. Organizing these spaces well can make them function better and feel more spacious. Thankfully, a little organization can go a long way in a smaller space. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

The Entryway
Function is key for spaces inside the doorway.

  • Consider adding a small table with a tray for your keys or a little bench for backpacks.
  • Turn decorative hooks or hangers into a designated space for coats and caps to save some time during the morning flurry.
  • Think about seating. A single chair or bench adds a little style and function.
  • An umbrella stand is petite, yet practical.

For smaller or half baths, choose items that do double duty.

  • Towel hangers can be installed on the side of a cabinet.
  • Choose pretty baskets for practical storage.
  • Use carousels for additional storage and easy access.

The Pantry
Say good-bye to clutter and hello to a serene new pantry.

  • Organize with bins, wire baskets and turntables.
  • Put like items together. Use uniform containers like wire baskets and bins to house similar items like beans, grains or baking supplies.
  • Key on visibility. You should be able to see everything you have at a glance. Put smaller items such as spices and small cans on a door rack or stackable shelving.
  • Select smart storage. Clear containers (glass or otherwise) are great for cereal, pasta and snacks like fish crackers. Create your own labels or write on the containers with pen markers.
  • Keep a small blackboard, dry erase board or magnetic notepad in your pantry. When you run out of something, write it down. Your grocery list will be ready for your next trip to the market.

Laundry Room
Use shelving, cubes and hanging racks to make the most of the space.

  • Install simple shelving above your washer and dryer. Use it for laundry soap, dryer sheets and other essentials.
  • Use a hanging rack for items you don’t want to throw in the dryer. Or consider a pop-up one that rests on top of the washer.
  • For a little style, pour laundry detergent in a pretty container like a glass container or canister and use a scoop to dispense.
  • Choose a unique container like a pretty pail to catch wayward socks.

Homework Space
Create a kid-friendly space, and include them in the new organization effort.

  • Have your child(ren) create a shelf or cubby of their own for their supplies and homework.
  • Ensure there is plenty of light. Add a lamp if needed.
  • Make this area the designated space for homework, so it has less chance of getting lost.

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