Have you ever felt like you just don’t have enough space? Perhaps you felt like there is nowhere to put the thing you need and use every day? Maybe you just hate things feeling cluttered?
I know I hate that feeling. I faced it a lot at the beginning of my life in our tiny studio apartment. That’s why I thought it was time for me to share my top storage hacks for apartments! These things were years in the making in my little apartment.
Once I figured out the things that help me in organizing small spaces in my tiny apartment I didn’t have to buy the wrong organizing solutions anymore. These organization and storage hacks for small spaces really work!
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1: Storage Hacks for Small Apartment in The Shower
I don’t know if you have ever wanted to pull your hair out over a shower caddy. I know I have!
First I tried the floor-to-ceiling suspension rod with shelves and it just rusted and got nasty. I tried hanging one on the showerhead but, because I have a removable head it just did not work. It was always crooked or slipping down.
Then I got real fancy and tried one with suction cups. That resulted in cleaning up a ton of spilled shampoo every time it fell off the side of the wall.
I couldn’t screw a hook into the tile because we were renting. I didn’t have a shower door so the over-the-door option was out. Or so I thought… and then I had an epiphany!
I simply put up a suspension shower curtain rod across the back of my standing shower. Then I hung the over-the-door shower caddy with the hooks facing in. Make sure you get one with hooks that swivel! Now you have a shower caddy with towel hooks for your washcloths. The best part? It is securely fastened as high up as you want it to be!
2: Storage Hacks for Small Apartments and BIG Shoes
Now it was time to organize shoes. Oh boy. This was a challenge. Hubby and I were sharing one small walk-in closet. Where will I put my cute heels and my hiking shoes and my sandals? Not to mention my husbands size 13 trip hazard shoes!
I tried throwing them all in a bin. That resulted in dirty scuffed-up shoes and tons of wasted time looking for matches. Then I tried a little shelf but they were always buried or knocked off by the bottoms of my skirts. I could not use an over-the-door shoe organizer because I had a pocket door. OR COULD I? You can probably guess what I did!
Seriously the use of suspension rod for this has got to be of the best storage hacks for small apartments where you can’t make lots of holes in the wall!
The only problem now was not acquiring too many shoes but I’m a minimalist. I could tuck my sandals and Chucks in one pocket so it worked for each half a year season. It also kept the shoes clean and sorted and off the floor!
3: Storage Hacks for Small Apartments and Paper Towels
When I say we had a small bathroom, I mean we had a tiny bathroom! We had to sit sideways on the toilet and we had next to no counter space. And boy did it take me a long time to find the right storage hacks for small apartments in this miniature bathroom! That bathroom required organizing solutions that could pull off nothing short of a miracle!
I also, unbeknownst to me, married a dolphin. Every time my husband uses the sink there is water EVERYWHERE! I don’t think I am the only wife with this problem. I think dolphins/husbands are probably more common than you would expect. I’ll just accept mine for his other good qualities.
Still, I wanted some paper towels in my bathroom for quick clean up but where? I couldn’t put them on a hook in a cabinet and I couldn’t put them on the counter.
You guessed it! I used a curtain rod! This will only work if your bathroom is narrow enough to hang a suspension curtain rod across it. Actually, now that I think of it, I suppose you could also install a small curtain rod with brackets. Just put your paper towel roll on the curtain rod and suspend it up and out of the way but convenient for when you need it.
4: Storage Hacks for The Bathroom Trash
It might not seem like the bathroom trash can should cause a problem. However, if hate a cluttered look or if you have a very tiny bathroom the trashcan may become an issue.
For me, it was both. I had a little floor spot for my trash can but my dog kept getting into it and it was always in the way when I was cleaning. I wanted to put it in the cabinet but it was difficult because of the limited space.
Finally, I found the solution and it might be the best small space hack yet. I found this cabinet door hanging trash can. It went inside the cabinet but took up half the space because it was hung on the door. An added perk was that, because the trash is out of sight, my dog no longer gets into the bathroom trash and leaves the floor littered with yucky trash.
5: Small Space Hack for The Spice Rack
When you are organizing small spaces or any spaces for that matter, spices can be difficult to keep organized. This is one of those situations where I kept trying to come up with creative small space hacks when I should have gone for the original solution.
The name says it all, I should have grabbed a hanging spice rack sooner but I just wasn’t sure if I wanted one. I kept my spices in the cabinet over the stove which led to stained shirts, warm bellies, and spice accidents aka “interesting” dinners.
Finally, I went ahead and found a spice rack that was attractive and kept almost all of my spices in it! It even fit a little cup of garlic. I’m telling you a spice rack on the wall is worth the little visual clutter it provides because it makes your cooking so much easier. The way I look at it, it looks like you are a good cook when you see it on the wall. That can’t be a bad thing!
Another great use for the spice rack is for tea! You can fit most tea boxes in the spice rack and if you are a tea drinker like me, you probably have a few varieties on hand at any given time!
6: The Silverware
If you only have big deep drawers and you only have a few of them using that space for silverware can be annoying. After all, silverware is small and the drawer is deep. You could store larger items in those drawers. Maybe you also don’t have a drawer in a convenient place.
That’s how I felt. The drawers were around the table, on the other side of the kitchen. They were deep and it was a waste of space to put silverware in them.
So I kept hunting for silverware storage hacks for small apartments. Eventually I found this great upright silverware holder and put it in the cabinet with my plates right by my stove! It might just be one of my favorite storage hacks for small spaces yet! And it might be the solution you have been looking for too.
7: The Desk Organizer
Many of you may already have a desk organizer but for a long time, we would just try to put our pencils in random cups and our paperwork and chords and sticky notes were all over the desk. I found that every time I was at my desk I became frustrated and easily gave up on the tasks I needed to achieve.
If you are like me, you may find that all that clutter definitely doesn’t help you be productive or creative so find a cute desk organizer and have the perfect place for all of the things you use the most but need out of the way!
8: Jewelry Organization:
When it comes to storage hacks for small apartments you wouldn’t think jewelry would be a big problem but for me it definitely was because it is one of the things I’m not so minimalist about. After all, I do run my own handmade jewelry Etsy business, Vintage Columbine.
So what do I do to organize small spaces with all this jewelry? This is when office supplies come in handy! Seriously, my life has not been the same since I put my earrings on the Rolodex Mesh Desk Sorter! It also has little pockets for my pins and rings.
My mom made a great spin on this and used a Mesh Magazine File that she mounted on the wall of her closet to hold her earrings! For necklaces, I just use a spare towel rod but if you don’t have one you always have the good old suspension rod.
9: Dog Crate Side Table:
So do you live in a small apartment and have a dog? I do, and I love him so much. What I didn’t love was his crate taking up so much room. Were there any storage hacks for small apartments that would help me with this situation?
It took me some time but in the end, I slapped a nice little tray on top and it became a nice little side table for the remotes and a glass of water or cup of tea that you need close by for any good Netflix session! Suddenly the dog crate was a small space hack instead of a massive waste of space. Give it a try if your dog crate is in your way.
10: The King of All Storage Hacks for Small Apartments is The Storage Ottoman!
If you live in a small apartment or tiny home one of the most irritating things can be spare blankets and sheets. They just take a lot of room but there is no way around the necessity of having a few extras.
That’s where a storage ottoman can be a very valuable organizing solution. You have a lovely accent for your living room that doubles as a little bench and also stores those bulky blankets. I have also seen them used to store video game equipment, movies, and even shoes! You really can’t go wrong with a great storage ottoman. Its one of the best storage hacks for small apartments out there!
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