Small Home Organizing Strategies

Small Home Organization Strategies That Reduce Stress I love the feeling of opening my front door and being greeted with a tidy and uncluttered home.  When you live in a small space  maintaining this isn’t easy.  Lots of people live in small spaces.  If your one of them, you know there’s a few challenges to happily living in a compact world. We love our small home and the simplicity that came with downsizing.   But, the first several months had me doubting our “grand plan” of scaling down and simplifying our lives.  I had a few things to learn about small home organizing to make this work for us. At first, I was either always looking for things or trying to find a place to put things.  It was making me crazy.  Closets were a mess and packed with so much stuff that it was hard to find anything.  I’d put things “away” based on my old way of thinking and my old home which was more than twice the size of where we live now.  It wasn’t working.  Piles were growing, it began to take forever to clean up simply because I had so much tidying to do before I got down to the real housework. At that point, our dream of simplifying wasn’t so dreamy to me.  Then, I started changing the way I went about small home organizing.  Small home organizing is as much a thought process as it is an organization method. Implementing this list of small home organizing strategies was the turning point to keeping my sanity and the house clutter free. My Small Home Organizing Strategies:

  •  Everything has a place, and one place only.  - For example, office supplies such as pens scissors, ect, all go in the office.  Family board games and cards are all stored together.  The beauty of a small house is it’s only a few steps to find something or put it back.   You’d be surprised at how much precious space you can save by storing like items together and in one place.
  • Put it where it belongs as you enter the house. – Mail in the basket for mail, magazines in the basket for magazines, the dog leash in the basket.  All as you walk in the door, you’re probably walking right by that spot anyway.

Organize a small home by putting things away as you walk in the door

  • Keep what you use the most near where you need it. – Saves time and frustration! Items that aren’t used as often can be tucked away.  If you use certain kitchen appliances often, keep them where they are easy to reach.  Put items you don’t use often in the hard to get to areas. You won’t mess up your closets and storage digging for items anymore.

Use baskets to keep home organized

  • Baskets and sturdy boxes are good to hold items in closets and act like dividers – My pantry stays organized when I keep small items in baskets and use the space between for boxes.  I can easily look at my pantry and see what needs to be restocked because it’s organized and everything is always in the same place. Read my post on “Clutter Busters For Pantry”  here. 

Organize with baskets and use them as dividers in a pantryOne of the most challenging areas in small home living is the kitchen.  Need more help there? Click here to read my very popular “How To Organize A Small Kitchen To Get More Space”. It worked for me!

  • Get rid of what you don’t use and what you have that doesn’t fit. – If you haven’t used it in the last few months or it’s too big for your place, ask yourself, can I get rid of it?  Give yourself a reality check.  Is this more important than the stress I’m causing myself by keeping it? I was holding on to way more “stuff” than I needed.  

These are my most useful strategies and easiest to do.  They are also the first tips I’d share with anyone who is getting ready to downsize or is struggling with living in a small house.  By making a few changes I was able to keep the house tidy and cut down dramatically on clutter.  Most importantly, I was able to stop stressing and start enjoying our simplified life :) What’s your favorite small home organization strategy? Please share! signature   Don’t miss a single creative idea I share!

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A move out of state gave my family the perfect opportunity for a total lifestyle change. We now live on a Florida barrier island in a small 1950's waterside bungalow. Follow along as we turn our little eyesore into a home we love, learn to simplify and happily live in a small space without sacrificing style or charm. I've got lots of vision and a big list of ideas! For us, living on the water is a lifestyle with style...one DIY project at a time.

11 thoughts on “Small Home Organizing Strategies

  1. Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    These are great tips, Wendi! We have a REALLY small kitchen, and the baskets in the cabinets has been key to keeping it all organized and maximizing our use of the space. What we need to work on, however, is putting everything in its proper place as soon as we get home. We have a table by the door that just ends up being a catch-all for all our junk. Definitely need to re-read this post from time to time to remember that! ;-)

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    1. Wendi Post author

      Lauren, We had the same “walking in the door issue”! It made such a big difference when we started putting it away as we walked in. Extra clutter made the house look even smaller and because our place is small it only takes a few items to look cluttered. it’s such a merry-go-round…without the fun! Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Marie@The Interior Frugalista

    As a girl with several professional organizing courses under my belt I have to say Wendi this is an awesome post with great advice! We have a small house and a very poorly laid out kitchen and I too found that baskets have been the key to keeping my kitchen well organized. I have my spices in baskets too and organized according to “baking spices” “hot spices”, etc. so when I’m cooking I just pull out whatever basket suits the dish I’m making and it takes seconds to put it back in it’s “home” again.

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    1. Wendi Post author

      Marie…Thank you that’s such a huge compliment coming from you! If I’d have known that the baskets were they key to keeping the pantry organized I would have added them years ago! I really like the way you keep your spices organized..that’s so smart:)

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  3. Rebecca @ Love at First Book

    I think organizing the things in the pantry is super important. . . I like how you have baskets and tubs on the floor there. It’s “wasted” space unless it can be used appropriately, and it’s kind of difficult to think of how to use that space usually.

    Thank you for linking up to the Spread the Love Linky Party! Even though it’s my last week of hosting, April @ The Steadfast Reader will be taking over, which is super exciting! More info to come. . . :D

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    1. Wendi Post author

      Thanks Rebecca, The floor and up high spaces in closets are almost always wasted space. I don’t understand why in a small house builders don’t maximize every inch of potential. One another note, I’m going to miss stopping by your place every week to link up! I guess I have to start carving out time to not only read but finish new books as well just to stop over and visit!

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  4. Alli

    I have a stack of rubbermaid drawers in my tiny apartment kitchen’s pantry. I use it to store baking pans and odd cookware I don’t use often. It is a life saver since we only have 4 cabinets! I love your idea of baskets in the pantry! I will have to try that!

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    1. Wendi Post author

      Alli, Baskets in the pantry have been such a huge help! If I’d know they were so useful for organizing and as dividers I would have had them sooner. I understand tight cabinet spaces too. Our pots and pans are in drawers :) Thank you for your comments and good luck on the Organizing!

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  6. Joanna

    I have used baskets and shoe boxes for decades but my big problem is being confined to a wheelchair. I have to be very organised to ask someone to get something down for me, then wait a week or so for it to go back. I need a mansion I think with a room for everything lol.

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    1. Wendi Post author

      Joanna – I don’t know what I would do without our baskets and boxes. I cringe to think of the chaos that would probably be my house and closets. You must be very organized. How challenging though, to have to wait to reach your items & put them back. Yes, you should have a room for everything and lots of cubby holes lining the walls for your baskets and boxes all within your reach! :) Thanks for visiting and your comment today!

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