Urgh. Small storage. We all have it. And sometimes, we don’t like it. It’s those day-to-day items that always seem like they could use a little help, or they’re in the way, or there’s never enough space for them. Am I right? Well, I’ve got 7 Small Storage and Organizing Hacks, to share with you today! I mean, let’s be real, this list could be infinite — but let’s start here. So without further delay, here’s my “can’t-live-without-them” list, of things that help my little family feel more put together and organized. (This post may contain affiliate links. This means, should you end up making a purchase, advertisers give me a small percentage of that sale, at absolutely NO EXTRA COST to you. Click here for full disclosures).
1. Use a Pretty Glass Bottle for Mouthwash
My husband is a pretty big mouthwash fan, but it’s one of those things that end up getting left out on the counter. And, I get it, it’s the last thing you do before rushing off to work, or heading to bed. But — the packaging is usually really bulky and a little ugly. So my tip? Streamline your mouthwash experience! Find an affordable, and more importantly, attractive glass bottle, and feel free to leave it out for the world to see, right beside your trusty toothbrush! Here’s a great option!
2. An Empty Egg Carton in your Nightstand
Yep. You read that right. Save your cartons people, because they make fantastic small storage. And, yes, we can use small storage ANYWHERE… but, I’m singling out my nightstand because I seem to collect small things there. The change that comes out of my pockets at the end of the day. USB sticks. Chapstick. Hair clips and elastics. Small stuff just ends up there. Oh, and the paper cartons — paintable, so go ahead and make ’em pretty.
3. Use Bedroom Furniture in the Living Room
Remember my console makeover? That’s just a big ole’ bedroom dresser. And, it’s nine drawers of storage are glorious! The Kiddo’s art and toys are hidden away. And, all the tech gadgets that belong to us big kids in the house, also have a safe home.
4. Ditch your Jewelry Boxes
Before you panic, hear me out! For those of you who operate in the “out of sight, out of mind” reality, this one is for you. Let go of the hidden jewelry box, and keep your bangles and bobbles out in the open! I’ve seen a few pretty options on Pinterest (think framed chicken wire), but, this Ikea hack, with the IKEA Variera Shelf, was my little solution. And, I can’t tell you how much more often I’m wearing my pretty stuff these days.
5. Make a Quick-Change Photo Display
If you are the parent of a small child, you are likely overwhelmed with the amount of art they create on a daily basis, or, the amount of photos you’ve taken of them. My “Clothesline Photo Display” (made with simple wood pieces and sisal rope) is a great solution to enjoy a few pics, or art pieces at a time, before organizing them into keepsake storage, or (let’s face it) the recycle bin.
6. Keep your Linens Out
You love your home, but you have the tiniest linen closet known to mankind? Buy a pretty colour and leave them out! My towel storage is okay, but I don’t want to dig around in the little closet I have, every time my kid has a bath — so, I bought some facecloths in a colour we love, and a simple knitted basket (I somehow managed to find in a sale bin, for $2. Yeah… two), and now I keep them rolled up, and on the counter-top. They remind me of a basket of pink flowers, and actually add a much needed colour pop. Win-win. Are you a little more rustic-modern? Here’s another great option!
7. Keep Your Cutlery in Check
I spent my 20s hating my cutlery drawer. I had too much of it and that silly plastic utensil organizer was the worst. It was always sliding around and shifting everything in the drawer. I’ve tried the non-slip mats, and for me, they never seemed to stay non-slip for long. I’d find them bunched up at the back of the drawer. Until one day, I was working on a little upholstery project with thick foam and I thought “HEY! If I cut this scrap piece down to the right size and put THIS in the empty space at the back of the drawer, I’d bet that utensil organizer would never move again”. And, that’s what I did. And, a year later, that sucker has never budged. I feel like an actual adult, with a properly fitted cutlery drawer! Yay me!
What do you think, folks? Are you already doing any of this? Do you have a small storage organizing tip you can’t live without? I want to hear about it!