Smart Storage

One of the revelations of living in a small home is that choosing less square footage doesn’t mean you necessarily have to make do with less, just that you need to be super smart about how you organize the space you do have. And, once you go into “storage genius” mode, it tends to have a ripple effect – many tiny homes end up with as much usable storage area as places with a larger footprint, thanks to the space-savvy residents. Here are a few small space storage secrets that will come in handy no matter the size of your home…let’s learn from the masters!

A classic hideaway storage solution does double duty in Mary Lee’s Life in 300 Square Feet. These crisp and stylish storage ottomans hide away plenty and tuck neatly under a floating shelf for seating that is there when you need it and out of the way when you don’t.

Let your storage solution also help to define your space.

Think outside…the linen cabinet. If your dedicated storage for towels and hairdryers and the like is limited (or non-existent!), consider adding a piece of “furniture” to you bathroom.

Always consider removing closet doors. This photo from Erin & James’ Easy to Live In is a perfect example of a doorway that, with a standard door (or even a folding style), would eat up lots of floor space and prevent the sofa from fitting into this opportune spot. By using a curtain closure instead, it’s streamlined and the door doesn’t affect the ideal flow of the room.

Embrace decorative storage opportunities. If you love books (and who doesn’t?) you know that finding room for all of your beloved tomes can become a challenge. Luckily, books are also awesomely attractive. This example from Jason’s Charm & Potential shows that, with a little styling magic, a shelf or two worth of books can add some welcome visual interest to an unused fireplace. Win, win.