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How to Organize a Small House With No Storage

Updated on:
June 30, 2024
How to Organize a Small House With No Storage

Living in a small house with little to no storage can feel tight, but don't worry, you're not alone. The key is to think outside the box and make the most of the space you have. Start by decluttering, then take advantage of vertical spaces with wall shelves, and don't forget about overlooked spaces such as above doors. 

Consider investing in furniture that does double duty, like storage ottomans or beds with built-in drawers. With a bit of creativity, you can transform your cramped quarters into an organized oasis. But there's more, how about adding a stylish touch with decorative boxes and baskets?

Utilizing Vertical Space Effectively

To make the most out of your small house, you need to start thinking beyond the floor space and start utilizing the vertical space effectively. Think of your walls as a blank canvas ready to be transformed into a storage masterpiece.

Start by installing wall shelves. They're not just for books anymore. You can use them for displaying photos, plants, or collectibles. They can also hold baskets or boxes filled with smaller items.

Consider using the space above your doors too. It's often overlooked, but you can install a shelf there for seldom-used items.

Don't forget about your corners. Corner shelves can be a stylish and functional addition to any room. In the kitchen, a pot rack hung from the ceiling can free up a considerable amount of cabinet space.

Clever Furniture With Hidden Storage

Start exploring the world of clever furniture with hidden storage; it's a game-changer when organizing a small house with limited storage space. You'll marvel at the ingenious designs that cater to your storage needs without compromising aesthetics.

Consider investing in a storage ottoman that doubles as a coffee table or footrest. They're versatile, stylish, and ideal for storing anything from blankets to magazines.

Next, look at multi-functional beds. A bed with built-in drawers beneath provides ample space for clothes, linens, or even seasonal items. Likewise, a lift-up storage bed gives you a large storage area that's easily accessible yet hidden from view.

Don't overlook dual-purpose side tables with shelves or drawers. They provide perfect spots for books, remotes, or other small items that can clutter your space. Similarly, a console table with storage can serve as a decorative entryway piece while hiding away keys, mail, or shoes.

Lastly, consider sofas with storage. They can have compartments under the seat cushions or a built-in storage area in the chaise portion. These clever furniture pieces not only save space but also keep your home tidy and organized.

Embrace these ingenious solutions and transform your small house into a functional, clutter-free haven.

Decluttering: The First Step

Before diving into the world of clever storage furniture, your first step should be decluttering, an essential task that can greatly maximize your small house's space. Begin by sorting through your belongings, dividing them into three categories: keep, donate, and discard. Be ruthless in your decisions. If you haven't used an item in the last year, or it doesn't bring you joy, it's time to let it go.

Next, consider each of your 'keep' items. Do they've a designated spot in your home? If not, find one. Items without a specific place tend to become clutter. Also, group similar items together. This will streamline your organization process and make things easier to find.

The Magic of Multi-Purpose Items

After decluttering, the next step in your small house organization journey is exploring the magic of multi-purpose items. These are items that serve more than one function, ultimately saving you space, and adding more order to your home.

Let's start with furniture. Look for pieces that double up as storage. An ottoman that opens up to store blankets or a coffee table with drawers can be game-changers. Even your bed can be a storage haven if you opt for models with built-in drawers.

Now, consider your kitchen. Choose appliances that can cook multiple dishes like a multi-cooker, or utensils that can serve different purposes, like a grater that can also slice and zest.

Don't overlook your walls, too. Shelves aren't just for books; they can display your trinkets, hold your keys, and even your spice jars. Hooks, while typically used for coats or hats, can hold anything from jewelry to kitchen utensils.

Organizing With Decorative Baskets and Boxes

While you're making the most out of your furniture and walls, don't forget to utilize decorative baskets and boxes for an added layer of organization. They're not just pretty to look at; they're also highly functional. Choose ones in different sizes for various purposes.

Large ones can hold blankets and pillows in your living room, while smaller baskets can be used in your bathroom for toiletries.

Consider investing in baskets with lids for items you want out of sight. Use them for storing seasonal clothes, spare bed linens, or children's toys. They can easily slide under beds or stack in corners, keeping your items organized and your space uncluttered.

Boxes, conversely, are perfect for organizing smaller items. Use them in your home office for storing documents. They're also ideal for keeping craft supplies or hardware tools in check. Opt for decorative ones that match your decor so they can double as adornments on shelves or tabletops.


So, you've got this! Even with a small house and limited storage, an organized, spacious feel is achievable.

Remember to declutter first, then make the most of your vertical space and multi-purpose items.

Opt for furniture with hidden storage and use decorative baskets and boxes for those small items.

With a bit of strategic planning and creativity, you'll master the art of organizing your small house in no time.

It's time to welcome your cozy, clutter-free haven.

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