Small Space Storage Tips + Making Room for What You Love

One of the most important space considerations for me in our kitchen remodel is to accommodate our need for dish storage and hospitality. Our house isn’t huge (and it’s not tiny either!), so I have to be careful about how we’re going to use our space. I don’t like clutter, but I like beautiful objects to enjoy and use for hospitality.

To me, clutter is defined as things you don’t use or like. If you don’t have room for it, it gets lost and gets cluttered and you don’t use it.

When we moved into our last house, our movers called us “book and decorating people”. Ha! Apparently some people are decoration people. Some are book lovers. And we are the most special ones who love BOTH! I do not know ! If he had looked in our boxes, I might have been called a DISH person too! 🙂 I don’t have as many as some people, but I really like having a few sets of mix and match dishes and serving pieces like cake plates, vases, trays, pitchers, etc.

Think of a smaller space as FREEING, not limiting!

Honestly, I’d probably keep a lot more if I had a bigger house :). With a smaller space, I have to make peace with the fact that I have no room for all the things I *could* enjoy. These thoughts probably seem limiting, but to me, having less space can be release. Having less is actually one of the reasons I like having a smaller house.

Maybe you have a small house right now, or a small kitchen, or are planning to downsize. I will say it might seem limited if you decide you don’t have “enough” room for all the things, but it’s also so FREEING to have limits and priorities on how you will use your time, your budget and your space.

Don’t get me wrong, I also liked having bigger houses in the past for different reasons. Love any home you have and embrace what it is! Having less space gives you the opportunity to live differently, not necessarily better or worse! It’s all about what you do with it and how you use the space you have.

With a smaller space, you’ve come up with creative ideas for making good use of your space. You’re more likely to assess what you really need and really like, versus what would just be fun or convenient.

I find that a smaller space gives me useful boundaries to focus on what I love the most, so that’s exactly what I do when planning my kitchen remodel! I won’t have EVERYTHING I could wish for, and yet, I love it. It brings me peace to have less.

Let your space help define what you keep!

Defining how much space you have or can use for certain activities or belongings can help you decide what to keep! When you don’t have room for it, you can’t keep it! It’s that simple if you don’t want clutter. Sometimes letting go seems so hard until you make peace with the fact that you just don’t have room. The more space we have, the more we can tend to cling to it even if we don’t use it very often. So having limited space isn’t necessarily a bad thing, use this mindset to help you narrow down what you really like and need.

I’ve given a lot over the past year, but we still have more than our new home can currently hold with the storage we have. Therefore, I will definitely have to cut back, especially once we remodel! Reshaping will help us set more boundaries as far as I can keep. Either I’ll have room or I won’t. I don’t want to store things that we don’t like or use on a regular basis.

Out of sight, out of mind can turn into more clutter

Create useful and accessible storage to stay organized without getting overwhelmed, losing or forgetting what you have! Having a basement, a garage or a storage room can seem like a blessing, but also a curse. Storing a lot of things means I don’t use things because I either forget I have them or I don’t want to go looking for them even though I like them!

Of course, especially in a smaller space, you can’t keep everything accessible or out in the open either, or your home will also be messy and cluttered. So the trick is to decide how much storage space you need or is readily available and be honest with yourself about how much you can use and track.

For example, I still have a lot of things in storage boxes right now since the move. It’s too much, so right now it overwhelms me and I know I won’t use the stuff because I can’t easily access it. If we can’t create specific, easy-to-locate locations for the contents of the boxes in our remodel, they’ll have to go!

Plan for a mix of open and closed storage

Knowing that I want to keep my dishes easily accessible, I plan to add plenty of dish drawers and even glass cabinets and/or open shelves in or near my new kitchen so I can enjoy some of my favorites like decoration. Having a mix of open and closed storage is important to ensure your spaces don’t feel cluttered, but it still allows you to have room to display the pretty things you love!

Make better use of the space you have!

I also plan to find ways to better organize and use our current mudroom (see more of our mudroom here) as well as create storage space in our new dining room. We won’t necessarily have room for everything I want to keep in our kitchen, but we can use nearby spaces so they’re always accessible. I can’t wait to show you some of the ideas we want to incorporate!

Use freestanding cabinets for extra storage and a charming display

At the moment we are using the freestanding white display cases which are really useful. I’ve used them often in our homes to keep things accessible without creating clutter. If you don’t have enough storage or built-ins, freestanding cabinets can be very handy! You can find a recent article on freestanding cabinets and similar sources HERE.

Small Space Storage Tips + Make Room for What You Love
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So if you feel limited by a small space or overwhelmed by too many things, remember that it can be so freeing to have less and let go of what you don’t really need!

After storage isn’t always a good thing if you end up with too much stuff.

fewer things is always a good idea, but you don’t have to be minimalist to have a tidy house! Simplifying is rewarding, so make the process a gift to yourself.

I wrote a book about simplifying your home called Make Room for What You Love and in it I talked about some of my own struggles with things as well as how I learned to create more order in my house. It’s an ongoing process, especially if you love books and decorating AND you’re downsizing or changing your lifestyle like we are now :). Believe me, it’s not about doing everything perfectly! But it’s really rewarding to feel in control of your home. If you haven’t read it, you can find it here. I hope this will encourage you to make more room in your home for what you truly love.

Looking for more ideas? You’ll find lots of organizing messages HERE, and little space inspiration messages HERE!

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