Small Space Organizing Tips

Keeping any space organized is a daily battle. This is especially true in small spaces where every square foot has to count. The key is getting your organization systems in place so it becomes automatic to put things where they belong. These small space organizing tips will help you do just that!

Keeping organized saves you from the frustration of searching for things, especially annoying when you’re trying to rush out the door. I’ve read somewhere it can also save you money, as you’re not buying things you may already have but you just can’t find. I’ve broken down organization ideas by categories:

Organizing Jewelry

What I like about this jewelry organizer (find similar here) is that you could see everything at a glance. This could be a DIY project too. A serving tray with sides would work as the base. Going vertical in a small space is a great small-space organizing tip.

jewelry organizer for small spaces


Here is another simple idea that would easy enough to recreate.

jewelry wall organizing

via J@Monkey

Using an inexpensive set of little bud vases as bracelet storage is useful and pretty!

DIY Jewelry stand - smart small space organizing ideas that are inexpensive too!

Whippy Cake

Kitchen Organizing

A great tip from the Container Store on organizing your fridge; “Since many shoppers like to buy the same brands (with the same packaging) over and over again, taking time to set your shelves and drawers accordingly will save you time in the long run.” So true! Refrigerator bins are a great way to keep like items corraled together.

Refrigerator Organization

The Container Store

Another great idea is using inexpensive tension rods to divide your larger items such as cookie sheets. This way you can pull one out without the whole stack coming with it.

Kitchen organization for small spaces

Via Pinterest

Use a sink caddy inside the pantry to group smaller items that can get lost in the back. So smart!

smart small space organizing ideas

Make Bake Celebrate

I have a recipe binder, but mine isn’t as pretty as this one. I like the idea of having my recipes offline. When we spend so much time on the computer, its refreshing to just open up a book, instead of waiting for pages to download. I keep each recipe in plastic sleeves to keep it safe from food splatters. All you need is a binder and organizer tabs.

Recipe organizer

Clean Mama

Keep the front of your refrigerator free from clutter by installing a magnetic sheet inside one of your kitchen cabinets. Or to maximize the space inside of a medicine cabinet. The round storage circles shown in the picture on the right are actually magnetic spice jars.


Via Buzzfeed

I have one of these wall-mounted broom organizers inside of a closet that I use to store my broom and mop. This is a handy way to keep them stored flat and off the floor. It takes up virtually no closet space this way.

small space closet organizer - hanging brooms and mops

Shoe Organization

It seems in my house there is never enough storage space for shoes! In this next picture, the shoes are stored so beautifully you wouldn’t even want to hide this in a closet.

shoe storage ideas

Apartment Therapy

Use Ikea picture frames or a large a shadowbox frame to store and slide your shoes (or anything else) under furniture. I did this in my daughter’s room with a shadowbox frame I wasn’t using. I put all of her make-up in it and slid it under her night table.

Shoe organizer


Another great shoe option is this HEMNES or the STALL cabinet (both are under 9″ in depth) from Ikea. It’s super slim so it doesn’t take up much floor space.

Ikea Shoe Storage

Live Simply/Ikea

Or keep a beautiful lidded basket near your entry to easily toss your shoes in. It’s decorative as well as functional. You could store this one right under an entry table.

Storage Basket

Pottery Barn

Organizing The Closet

Organizing the closet seems to be the most challenging space of them all to keep neat! At least for me, it is! I’ve gotten my linen closet organized, but my walk-in closet definitely needs some help!

I love this first closet from a bowl full of lemons. They really maximized every inch of space here and it looks great!

maximized closet space

via Pinterest

To double your hanging space without an entire renovation, you can buy these inexpensive closet expanders.

Closet expander

Here, shelves are hung upside down so the brackets become shelf dividers. Brilliant!

Closet organization

Martha Stewart

This genius over the door organizer is targeted towards men but would work for anyone. Great to corral all the small accessories.

Mens closet organizer

This next one is a great idea if you keep a lot of wrapping paper around, but it could also be used for other items. I’m thinking of sports equipment, tennis rackets, skis, skateboards, stray gold clubs, or camera equipment such as tripods. Or cleaning supplies like brooms and mops, or vacuum attachments.

closet storage

Family Handyman

Office & Paperwork Organizing

You can easily create a pretty mini office with just a few shelves and some useful accessories.

Office organizing

In My Own Style

Organize your filing cabinet by color-coded folders.

File organization

A Bowl Full of Lemons

No space for a filing cabinet? Use a multifunctional piece of furniture. This could double as a coffee table or extra bench seating.

Filing system - brilliant space saving organizing ideas

Martha Stewart

Or to use very minimal space, try one of these expanding file boxes. A friend suggested this to me and I’ve been using this idea ever since. Use 1 box for each year. Genius!

Accordian File

And how cute is this little mini office on wheels?

small office organizer

The Everygirl

Organizing The Little Things

Keeping the little from taking over a space is always tricky. They havea way of creeping back in. Here are some ideas for sunglasses, keys, remote controls, chargers, mail, etc.

This first one would be great inside of a drawer in your entry.

small space organizing ideas that are so simple you won't believe you haven't thought of it sooner


Small to medium-sized lidded boxes or baskets are great for your coffee table or bedside table clutter.

small lidded basket

Lidded storage boxes like these are always useful in small space organizing.

patterened lidded boxes

A few final tips for small space organizing:  Use the one in, one out rule. When my husband or I get a new article of clothing, we have to donate one from our closet. I keep a box inside the closet for this purpose. When it’s full, I donate it.

Also, using multi-functional pieces is a must. Such as storage ottomans and coffee table trunks. I also learned how to convert my photos all to digital which also saved a good amount of storage space.

How do you stay organized? I’d love to hear!

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  1. I am so set on getting organized this year and you have some fabulous inspiration here to push me forward. That jewelry organizer from Etsy is beautiful. I love the idea of putting it all on display.

    1. Thanks, Jaime! Good luck getting started! I love that jewelry organizer too!

  2. Great tips! I’m a professional organizer, and I actually use and/or tell a lot of people some of these same tips…except that IKEA picture frame thing. That’s genius! I’ll have to remember it!

    By the way, is it me or does the Container Store fridge have the hugest grapes known to mankind?

    1. Christine, those grapes are giant, lol! I’m glad to hear professional organizers actually use these ideas, thanks for sharing that!!

  3. I absolutely LOVE that tension rod idea for baking sheets! Recently I’ve been getting attacked a lot by our mess of a baking pan shelf and I think a new organization system is in order 🙂 I’d love for you to come link up at Talented Tuesdays!


    1. Thanks, Meaghan! I will add your party to my link party page.

  4. All of these are great ideas to help get organized!! Thanks for linking up at M 2 Favorite Things on Thursdays! Come back again next week!!

  5. I love organizing and am so inspired by this post! Thanks for sharing it with us at the #HomeMattersParty this week. We hope you will link up again next Friday.

  6. I’ve recently started a recipe binder, and it may not be as pretty as the one you have pictured, I do have a distinct plan for it. Possible recipes (magazine ripouts, names to find again on my Pinterest board, etc) go in the binder pocket. The only recipes that get added to the rings are ones that I’ve tried and will make again! Less clutter in the binder, instead of adding everything that looks like it *could* be good, I only have things that I know I would like to have!

    1. Great idea! I have my binder grouped into categories, main dishes, crock pot meals, desserts, etc.

  7. Some fantastic ideas Roxanne – I already use some of them like containers in my fridge and the difference they made was great.

  8. What a fantastic collection of organizing ideas. These are some of the best ideas I have seen, especially the shoe storage! Pinned it!
    So glad you shared with us at Merry Monday. Please be sure to come back Monday for the new party!

  9. Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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