Creative Storage Solutions for Small Spaces

All the talk about the necessity for creative storage solutions in tiny houses is totally true. I have had to use some creative thinking for a challenging storage project I’m working on with a friend.  She has a small house of about 700 square feet.  Her house has tiny rooms and the only storage is a four-foot-wide closet in her bedroom and a tiny nook under the stairs on the main floor.  For a girl who likes clothes, shoes and purses, this is an issue!

We are trying to work some magic upstairs in her small bedroom and even smaller home office.  In the bedroom, our plan is to cut an opening under the eaves in the wall next to the closet and tuck a drawer unit in there.  I’ve done that once before so I know it works. 

Then we’ll revamp the closet interior with a new shelving system.  Right now there are two hanging sections side by side and some wasted space above and below. So we will use the vertical space by building in a double hanging section for shorter clothes and a long hang section next to it.  Unfortunately, by adding a drawer unit we do lose some hanging space.  And I still haven’t been able to make any room for the shoes.  Looks like the trusty under-the-bed shoe storage bags will be a must in this situation. Even though I hate putting things under the bed, it’s really a good option in this situation. There’s almost always a compromise. 

Next we have to turn our attention to the home office.  In our efforts to make some more hanging space for clothes and to address some of the bins my friend has stored in her bedroom closet (which will no longer fit on the top shelf), we have chosen to purchase a couple of trusty Ikea Pax cabinets.   She has a small antique dresser on one wall in the office which we will move and that gives us about six feet of wall space to work with. We have chosen a deeper cabinet that is 40” wide and 23” deep and created a long hanging section below with cool cubbies for t-shirts above and shelving above that.  

Next to that we will put a cabinet that is not as deep and about 20” wide. Since it’s right next to the door we didn’t want to block that off too much so we chose a 14” deep cabinet. That cabinet has shelving above and rollout drawers below. The small cabinet will have a mirrored door (takes care of the need for a full length mirror) and the other cabinet will have the gorgeous white Vinterbro doors that I love so much.  I think a lot of other people love them too since they are out of stock right now. 

Our hope is that some of the off season clothes can be stored in the home office cabinets along with rarely used shoes and all the purses.  I believe a small purse purge might be required and maybe a few more shoes could go? Just sayin’, the less stuff you have the easier it is to get and stay organized.  I know, I know, I’ve said it so many times before it’s getting really annoying.  I wouldn’t say it if it wasn’t true. 

Have you had success with a particular storage solution?

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