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Feeling Cluttered? Here are 8 Ways to Organize Your Storage Cabinets for Small Spaces

Living in a small space can sometimes feel overwhelming, especially when it comes to storage. When you are looking to maximize your storage cabinets for small spaces, your first instinct may be to toss things into the cabinets and forget about them until you need them. But don’t stress! With a bit of creativity and organization, you can maximize your storage cabinets to make the most of your small space.

We know how to maximize storage space at Red Rose Cabinetry. Plenty of modern homes have limited storage capacity, so if adding more custom wood cabinetry to your home isn’t in the cards currently, we have a few tips to help you maximize the space you do currently have for storage!

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1. Use Vertical Space

Don’t just focus on the floor space. Use the vertical space in your cabinets by adding shelves or stackable bins. Installing shelves is one of the easiest methods to use vertical space. These can be floating shelves or wall-mounted racks placed anywhere— above beds, desks, or even doors, and are perfect for displaying decorative items, books, or storing everyday essentials.

Stackable storage solutions, such as bins or boxes, are another versatile option used in closets, under beds, or corners to store clothes, shoes, or seasonal items. Choosing tall, narrow furniture over shorter, wider pieces can also provide ample storage without taking up too much floor space. Wall hooks and pegboards are great for hanging everything from coats and hats to tools and kitchen utensils. Remember, the key to effectively using vertical space is to keep items organized and easily accessible, with frequently used items stored at eye level and lesser-used ones higher up.


2. Opt for Multipurpose Furniture

If you’re in a space with limited storage, sometimes utilizing furniture with multiple purposes can be helpful to maximize your space. Consider furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, a bed with built-in drawers, a couch that opens to reveal blanket storage under a cushion, or a coffee table with storage compartments like drawers can save a lot of space and discreetly keep your items tucked away neatly.

Even if you don’t have much room, if you have an entryway space or a small mudroom, you can add a standalone cabinet or multipurpose wood storage container to maximize this often-underutilized storage space. This additional storage can add an attractive aesthetic to a small space and contribute to the room’s usefulness.

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3. Use Door Organizers

The inside of cabinet doors can be a great place for additional storage. Attach hooks, wheels, racks, or magnetic strips to store items like spices, cleaning supplies, or tools.

Over-the-door storage options are an often overlooked yet highly effective solution for maximizing space in a small home or apartment. They use the often unused area behind doors to take advantage of vertical space. These organizers come in various designs and sizes, making them versatile enough for laundry room storage or any room.

In the bedroom or closet, they can hold shoes or accessories. They’re perfect for toiletries, towels, or cleaning supplies in the bathroom. They can store spices, wraps, or other pantry items in the kitchen. By keeping items off the floor and counters, over-the-door storage not only helps declutter your space but also makes it easier to find what you need when you need it. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to enhance your home’s storage capacity.

4. Utilize Baskets and Bins

Baskets, bins, and other small storage solutions are great for grouping similar items. You can use them inside storage cabinets designed for small spaces, like work-from-home offices, to make them more organized and decluttered. You can also utilize small sets of drawers inside cabinets to add more vertical space inside the cabinetry. They can be easily pulled out and put back into the storage cabinet, making them a practical and ideal storage solution.

5. Label Everything

Labeling your items can save time searching and organize your whole room and cabinets. Labeling also helps you maximize how you store things. For example, keeping all your extra toiletries in one place saves time and effort when looking for a replacement. Labeling can also help you remember where items are when you are looking for something you use infrequently but like to keep on hand. Instead of searching through all your cabinets and small laundry room for your favorite delicate mesh washing bags, you can find them in the labeled bin storage between your washer and dryer.

6. Regularly Declutter

Make a habit of regularly going through your items and getting rid of anything you no longer need. This routine will help prevent your cabinets from becoming cluttered and keep your smaller storage space useful. By routinely going through your belongings and discarding or donating items that are no longer needed or used, you free up more shelf space and make it easier to find and access the things you do use regularly.

Decluttering your house can have psychological benefits as well! A clutter-free, functional environment can reduce stress, improve focus, and increase productivity. It also allows for a sense of control over your environment, which helps give you a sense of peace and calm. So, regular decluttering optimizes your physical space and contributes to a healthier, more balanced mental space.

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7. Install Drawer Dividers

Drawer dividers are perfect for keeping small items organized. They can be adjusted to fit any drawer size, and by creating specific sections within narrow spaces in your drawers, these dividers help categorize and separate different items, making them easier to locate when needed. This organization tool is handy for smaller items like utensils, stationery, or accessories, which can quickly become chaotic and hard to find in a larger drawer space. With everything in its designated place, you can avoid unnecessary clutter and save time spent searching for items!

8. Use Lazy Susans

Not sure how a lazy Susan can help you maximize your storage space? These sleek rotating trays make it easy to access items in the back of your cabinets, like appliances, without removing everything in front. This quick access makes your storage space much more accessible and easier to use. Use them in kitchens, bathrooms, or anywhere you might have difficulty accessing the back of your shelving.

Looking for More Solutions with Storage Cabinets for Small Spaces?

Remember, organizing is not a one-time activity. It’s a continuous process of finding what works best for your space and adjusting as needed. And when you need to maximize your storage cabinets for small spaces, it can take a little bit of creativity and careful planning! But there’s nothing better than beautifully organized storage. And if you’re ready for a cabinet upgrade or need more permanent storage solutions installed, call us today! We are ready to talk about all your cabinetry remodeling needs.

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