If you have a small living space—be it a room in a senior living facility, an apartment, or a smaller living room—you’re likely always fighting a battle to keep that small space clean and organized. Because in small spaces, even the fewest number of items out of place can make the entire space look cluttered to the max. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help create more space in your small space and encourage yourself and anyone else in that space to keep things better organized.
To help you see how this can be accomplished, here are three tips for keeping a small living space organized.
Think Vertically For Storage Space
When you’re working with a very small living area, you can’t exactly add more square footage to the space, but what you can do is to think differently about the square footage that you do have available to you.
While most people think about adding something large that takes up a lot of space to help them stay organized and give everything its own place, what you really need is something that can help you take full advantage of the vertical space that you have available to you. Look for storage items that allow you to stack and have a very small footprint on the ground. This way, you’ll have more space to actually use in your living area.
Use Organization Systems That Work For You
When you decide to bring something into your space to help with organization or rethink how you’ve been organizing your space in the first place, one thing you’re going to want to figure out is what kinds of systems work for you.
Not everything recommended by professional organizers is going to work within your space or work with the way that you think about organization. So before you make a decision about what to use to help with organization, make sure you first think about how this will actually function with you in your space.
Don’t Keep Things On Flat Surfaces
Something that can make any space feel instantly less organized is when there are loose items on flat surfaces. So to help give your entire space a more organized atmosphere, try not to just leave items on the flat surfaces that you have in your space. Rather, try to keep these flat surfaces as clear as possible so that you can use them for decor rather than as a catch-all for items that you don’t have a specific place for yet.
If you want to be better at keeping your small living space organized, consider implementing some of the organization tips mentioned above and see what you can do to make cleanliness and structure easier to accomplish in your space.