5 Storage Tips for Homeowners with Cramped Closets

Here are five storage tips for homeowners with cramped closets. These steps will help maximize your closet space.

[adrotate banner=”30″]When looking for a new home, storage and closet space is often of the most important things on the homeowner’s mind. Therefore, if your home suffers from a dearth of closet space, this can quickly become a source of annoyance as time passes. However, there’s no need to make the most of your situation, and do something about your lack of room. For homeowners with cramped closets, the following tips can help you achieve effective storage and maximize your closet space:

  1. Add More Space. If you’ve completely exhausted your clothes racks and drawers with items, then one possible option is to create more storage space on your own. For example, organizers and hanging baskets are valuable options to make use of any unused vertical openings. In addition, storage bins are a great way to pack items away, as well as make use of unused floor space. Another storage tip is to keep clothes stacked in small piles in drawers, instead of hanging them on racks. Doing so will fill up more vertical space, allowing you to use them for heavier coats and articles of clothing.
  2. Install Shelving. Do you have empty walls that are simply serving as dead space? If so, then you may want to make use of the space by installing shelving.  Shelving are great for items that cannot be easily hung on racks, such as shoes or towels, and can get them out of your way. When assessing the layout of your closet, determine the height and width to see whether you can add multiple shelves. Make sure that you leave enough space between shelves, lest you end up with inadequate shelving.[adrotate banner=”29″]
  3. Practice Organization. One reason why your closet may feel cramped is due to the lack of method to the madness – instead of orderly placing items away, perhaps you have a tendency to just pile everything into the closet. However, disorganized messes are more likely to take up more precious space, leaving you with little to work with. Therefore, try to instill organization when storing clothes and other items away. For example, place similar objects together according to size and color, so you can find items quicker and easier.
  4. Remove Unwanted Items. If you tend to collect items or have a bit of a packrat mentality, then you may want to spend some time going through your closet. These items may be taking up valuable space, making it more difficult to utilize your closet to its full potential. Look for clothes or accessories that you haven’t worn in several months or years, and put them in a separate pile. You can either place these items in more permanent storage, or donate them to a charity organization.
  5. Explore Beyond the Closet. If your closet space is simply not enough for you, then you may have to look for storage alternatives. Luckily, there are a variety of ways in which you can store your items throughout your home. Look for whether you have any unused cabinets or drawers that are waiting to be used. You can also invest in furniture that also doubles as storage space, such as coffee tables or beds with pull-away drawers. Don’t feel as though you’re limited to simply your closet, not when your home provides endless potential for storage.

[note color=”#F8f8f8″]Christine Cooney is a writer at TheHouseDesigners.com, writing articles on DIY and home plans online on The House Designers blog. She loves learning about architecture, home décor and design.[/note]

Electronics Simplify your Small Office

Having a small office or just a home office doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge a bit on the electronics or

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Having a small office or just a home office doesn’t mean that you can’t splurge a bit on the electronics or gadgets in it. In fact, the more creative you are with the electronics you gather to your office, the more you are to think that the size of your office doesn’t matter.

Small office or otherwise, as far as I can see it, there are two main elements that determine how functional your work space is:  the small office design and the gadgets you have.

Here are some of gadget and electronics ideas for your small office.

Gotta have that Kindle Fire!

Electronics for small office - Kindle Fire

If you love to read books like I do, then your book collection can take up a lot of space.  Now I’m not advocating giving away all your books, but you can certainly cut waaaay back by weeding out the books you don’t care that much about anymore, and purchasing your new books to be read electronically.

The newer Kindle Firehas a higher price than the older one but it comes with a lot of possibilities and additional features, such as the vibrant color touchscreen you won’t see and experience in the regular Kindle.

Kindle Fire covers

When you have a Kindle Fire, you have to make sure that you have a cover so as to protect it against any impact or from plain scratching. You’ll need a durable Kindle Fire cover or case for that matter.  Think of your Kindle Fire as an investment.

Gotta Get that new Apple Ipad

Here are some of the upgrades to the newer iPad3:

Apple iPad 2 - Electronics for small office

    • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi) This is a biggie!
    • iSight camera: 5-megapixel with autofocus; tap to focus; face detection in still images; video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio; video stabilization
  • FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second

The weight is now 1.44 pounds (652 g) as opposed to 1.33 pounds (601 g)

Laptop or Desktop for your Small Office?

Small office Electronics - Slim CPUPersonally I have both a laptop and a desktop computer.  When you have a small office, it doesn’t mean that you have to think small as well. You just have to know what you need and look for alternatives that have reasonable sizes – not necessarily tiny.

For example, if you are more comfortable with a desktop computer, get that one instead. Nowadays, there are LCD / LED monitors and slim CPUs that will surely fit your tiny space. Don’t purchase a laptop just for it’s size… because there are an abundance of super slim desktops on the market today.

Laptop computer standOn the other hand, if you are a laptop-or-notebook-kind-of-person, then a small space won’t be a problem for you.

If your small office is really short on space.. like maybe you have just a corner of your room, you can just put the laptop on a laptop computer stand, and voila, you have a nice ‘little office.’

Compact Portable Printer for Small Office Space

Portable printersThere are lots of portable printers on the market for your small office space..

These printers are designed to be light and mobile without sacrificing the quality of printing it can produce. And I say, forget the cords and go for an inexpensive wireless printer!

Wireless Headset: The new “in” toy!

Wireless Office Headset: Small Office ElectronicsTechnology has, indeed, made our lives easier in a big way. Yes, you can now talk to a client even if you’re 300 feet away from your office phone. Isn’t that fantastic?

Some of these babies actually have a noise-cancelling microphone that filters out whatever background noises your place may have. A wireless office headset can make your life a whole lot easier.

That’s it folks!  I hope you found some new toys for your small office.

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Five Inexpensive Ideas to Brighten a Small Room

Five Inexpensive Ideas to Brighten a Small Room whether it’s a living room, bedroom or guest room, our creative ideas

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Making a small room ‘light and bright’ can be an easy task – with the right creative ideas. Be it a small living room, bedroom, study, bathroom or a simple guest room, it’s much nicer to look at when you can see all of it. It makes everything bigger, as a matter of fact. Certainly does the trick.

Brightening up a small room also gives out the home-y feeling I believe all of us want in our own abode. So not to worry if you have a small space.  Embrace it!  ..and lighten it up so your small room lives large!

How, you may ask. Well, here are some ideas on how to brighten up a small room.

Brighten Up a Small Room with Bright Fabrics

Fixate on the words, “bright fabrics”. You’ll be surprised on what an appropriate bright fabric like this window curtain can do to your bedroom, for example. In your bedroom, make sure that you choose a color that makes you happy.. perhaps a bright curtain, bedspread.. or even just a pillow or two to bring a little pizazz to your small room!

I know, I know, if your favorite colors are neutral, then we may have a problem :). But if you really want to brighten up your room, you may want to add a cheerful pattern. At the least, add a bold red or blue, or some pop of color to your neutrals.

Brighten Up a Small Room with Paint

Paint the town.. so to speak! But not a dull, boring color.. but something light and bright.

It’s obvious. If you want to lighten up the mood of the room, small or not, you will want to settle on white or other shades that resembles the color white. Beige, cream, ivory, magnolia, vanilla, white wine; these are all shades of white. Go nuts! Paint your room with any of these colors.

[note color=”#FFffCC”]I found (in Coastal Living magazine)  a new white paint I can’t wait to try. Tim Clarke recommended it because he said it’s “a creamy white hue that isn’t bright and reflective like other whites.” Pratt & Lambert China White (33-8)[/note]

Brighten a Small Room when You De-clutter

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I am not a messy gal but sometimes even with the best of intentions, my surroundings start getting a bit cluttered. Especially my office area.

I work at home so I’m in ‘it’ 24/7 ..  But if you want a light and positive mood going around your home (small house or not), you will want to de-clutter and remove those unwanted things scattered around. This may be a bit hard to maintain especially if you have a toddler, or work full time outside the house.  So, I really suggest decluttering – helps a lot in sooo many other ways.  I say declutter your home, declutter your mind.

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Brighten a Small Room with Indoor Plants

Add house plants. They help clean the air inside the room. There’s nothing more comforting than to see something leafy inside your lovely abode. Indoor plants tend to produce a calm, stress-reliever effect.

Brighten a Small Room with Natural Light

The simple solution sometimes when lightening up a room is to let the natural thing take over. Open those windows, push aside your curtains and just simply let the great sunshine in your room.  FYI, You can get this bright and cheerful Comforter Set here.  Light and bright small space – I can live with that!


Small Office Ideas

Small office ideas abound! With so many creative ideas and products to make life easier..

[adrotate banner=”30″]Small office ideas abound! With so many creative ideas and products to make life easier, there’s really no reason not to carve your own small office out of a spot in your home.

Most of you know my husband and I build houses in the gorgeous Texas Hill Country.. Well, we actually lost selling a spec house once because it didn’t have a designated office space.  The people ended up buying the same size house (in the same neighborhood) but it had a tiny office nook.

What made us crazy was that there were plenty of places in the house to carve a small office space from.. just as you see in the pictures here.  We simply have to use our imaginations.. yep!

Small Office Ideas

This room is smartly efficient on many levels.  First you have the storage piece that goes almost to the ceiling.  Streamlined with lots of storage!  Then the bed has the drawers underneath. And then we get to the lovely small office space complete with extra shelving above.

The only thing I would change would be to have a wall-mounted light rather than a desk light to maximize the desk surface space.

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Create an office nook. Photo: ApartmentTherapy

If you prefer to hide away the office when not in use, you can install (inexpensive) curtains to do the job.  Look how even the desk chair tucks neatly inside.

Small Office Ideas
Inexpensive garage shelving creates an entire small office area.  Add rolling file drawers, a waste basket, and seating stool, and you have yourself the complete small office.


Some of my favorite small office picks from Amazon.. especially the desk with hutch. With so much technology between small computers and tablets and going pretty much paperless, that’s about all I find myself needing anymore.

Small Office Ideas
Office Nook Photo ChezLarrson

If you have room for 12-15″ shelves, then you have an office nook.. because that’s how big this office is that you see. You’ve got 12″ shelves at the top and a slightly larger shelf in the center where you see the computer.

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8 Ways to Organize Your Small Bathroom

Eight Ways to Organize Your Small Bathroom: When you live in a small home, one of the top priorities is to

8 Ways to Organize Your Small Bathroom: When you live in a small home, one of the top priorities is to maximize your space. Contrary to popular belief you can store items in a chic way, and keep clutter at bay.

Organizing is becoming more mainstream with shows like Clean House and Hoarders, so we now have endless options to organize.

If you need a little help to get your creative juices flowing, don’t fret, below are eight ways to get started.

Cut the Junk in Your Small Bathroom

The bathroom is a wonderful place to store random items you don’t need. How many half empty hair spray bottles do you have? What about the number of half used disposable razors? One of the best ways to start any organization project is to cut the junk. Bring in a big trash bag or box and start throwing unused items away. If you don’t know if you should keep it or throw it, recall the last time you used it. Chances are you don’t use it often enough to keep it.

Baskets and Storage Bins

Once you have purged access items, it’s time to decide where to keep them. Group like items together to make access of each item easier. For example, all hair products can go in one area, dental care items in another and so on. But these items in decorative baskets or storage bins for easy access that adds a touch of flair.

small bathroom basket for vanity

Organize the Small Bathroom Vanity

Whether you have a single or double bathroom vanity cabinets, they need to be organized. Besides adding baskets or storage bins, purchasing drawer organizers is a great idea.

This allows for things like your toothbrush and other small items to be accessible and not lost in the shuffle.

Utilize Your Door in Small Bathrooms

Adding hooks to the back of your bathroom door opens up the space to hand extra towels, robes or even clothes if you need to. Whether you are organizing your small bathroom or other small space, it’s a good rule of thumb to go vertical. The more you hang, the less you have to worry about items taking up precious square footage.

Shelves for Small Bathrooms

small bathroom organizer

The space behind the toilet is often regarded as “dead space”, but this doesn’t have to be the case. You can find plenty of shelving options to use around the toilet. This can add a great deal of vertical real-estate in your small bathroom.

Less is More in Small Bathrooms

Keeping your counters clear in your bathroom is a must. To have a bathroom that looks decluttered, and organized, your counters are one of the first things in your line of vision. If you don’t have the cabinet space, investing in multi-purpose items is a great way to clear up the junk. Check out this 5-in-1 organizer.

Get Vertical in the Shower

How many times have you tried to squeeze more space out of your bathtub? Households with more than one person living in them can see how fast clutter is accumulated in the shower/bathtub area. A great option for this problem is to go vertical. Adding shelves around the bathtub, or a rack around the shower head really utilizes all the space you have.

Tissue Tower

With all the space you don’t have under the sink it can be a challenge in deciding where to keep extra toilet paper rolls. Tissue towers are a great way to keep multiple rolls close without taking up much space. A win, win.

Guest Post: Miguel Salcido is an avid blogger, father of 2 and a recent proud home owner. He loves studying home design and decor and has his eyes on purchasing some walk in bathtubs for his home.

Small White Kitchens

Love, love white kitchens! ..and now you can get small white kitchen ideas with newer, fresher kitchen decorating tips for your small home.

Small White Kitchens: I have to laugh at myself because this post did not start out to be about only white kitchens. I was just looking for gorgeous small kitchens where I thought we could all enjoy good small kitchen design tips, but then noticed they were all white!

So I improvised to bring you “Small White Kitchens!” LOL.. but seriously, I do love the fresh, clean look.. don’t you?

white kitchen
Southern Living Photo Alexandra Rowley

White Kitchen Design Notes: Where to begin? OK, notice how the kitchen sink cabinet has drawers underneath the doors! We did this in a bathroom and really liked that feature. Lots of shelving for maximum storage.  Smart to use a grey grout instead of white in the backsplash.

Beautiful white kitchen
White Kitchen photo: HouseBeautiful.com

This is a more upscale white kitchen. But if you take away the pictures on the wall and bar stools, it could actually go casual. So it just goes to show how home accessories can dress a room up or down.  Nice skylight although if at all possible, I’ll take a kitchen window over a skylight any day of the week.

small white kitchen
Coastal Living Photographer Tria Giovan

Minimalist white kitchen with the open shelves. My suggestion is that if you go that route, make sure you have a nice pantry as you see in this image.

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Photo by Ruthie Sommers HouseBeautiful.com

Oh how I adore kitchen windows.. so, how about two! This is my absolute favorite white kitchen of the bunch and I think largely in part because of the windows. We had three kitchen windows that wrapped a corner in our big house.

If at all possible, I’d like to have an apron kitchen sink, next time we build a house.  Typically, they are super duper expensive, although I did find one at Lowes for less than $500 bucks!  >> Stainless Apron front Kitchen Sink

Kitchen House Beautiful
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Gotta love the black accents in this white kitchen.  It’s rare you see anymore a tile counter top because I think most cooks want a solid service, but I do like the traditional look of it.

small white kitchen
Photo: sarahrichardsondesign.com

This is one of my favorite white kitchens because it blends the best of old and new.  White cabinets warmed by hardwood floors.  Salvaged wood inset in the freshly painted new wood.  Traditional glass cabinets with a shelf in between.  Large kitchen windows!  Circle or ‘penny’ tile backsplash.

white kitchen
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Had to give you a second look from a different angle of the same kitchen. I don’t think there’s anything I don’t like about this kitchen.

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Lighting for Small Spaces

Lighting for Small Spaces. Get fresh, bold and new lighting ideas for your small spaces. From modern to classic lighting to whimsical

Lighting for Small Spaces: Furnishing small spaces can be challenging, especially figuring out the lighting. Use too big a lighting fixture and it could give off too much light. Go too small and you might be living in the near dark. Layering small fixtures at strategic places within the room will help give a nice even lighting to a tight space.

small space lighting
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This lovely swing arm lamp works perfectly in a small as it can be adjusted easily to read or for mood lighting.

Small Space Lighting
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Just because you have a small space doesn’t mean you can’t make a big statement. For example, this bedside table lamp seems large on its own, but put it in a tight corner and it works beautifully.

Small Space Lighting
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This room is quite large. However, the focus here should be on the possibilities of that incredible lamp/table combination. It would work well in a little living room between a chair and sofa.

Small Space Lighting
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Wall sconces in a tiny bathroom shed enough light without taking up much needed space.

Small Space Lighting
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Blink and you might miss them. These might just be the tiniest pendant lights I’ve ever seen. I bet they give a nice glow to the vanity area below.

Small Space Lighting
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This brilliantly colored living shows how successful a small room design can be when elements are layered.

Small Space Lighting
Photo Credit: apartmenttherapy.com

I would love some of these Ostrich egg pendant lights on each side of my bed. Aren’t they just so sweet and perfect for small spaces?

Small Space Lighting
Photo Credit: apartmenttherapy.com

A little galley kitchen has four light sources in one small space—the desk lamp by the door, then down to the counter top and a little red topped lamp, over to the hanging lights above the table and into the natural light.

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IKEA Small House Plan 621 Square Feet

Once again we go inside an IKEA Small House. This time the IKEA house plan is 621 square feet. Pictures from Austin store shows IKEA

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Check out the IKEA house plan that’s 621 square feet.  Everyone seemed to love our first 376 square foot IKEA floorplan article so much that we decided to bring you more.  

This small house is almost twice the size as the first one!

And once again IKEA shows how you can get a whole lot of living in a very small space. You’ll get great IKEA storage ideas as well. FYI…just cuz a lot of you have asked, I don’t sell IKEA floorplans. I just took these pictures at our IKEA store.

We like to start out by showing you the actual floor plan so you can get a visual as we walk through the different IKEA rooms.

This particular small house has a nice open living, kitchen, dining area.. along with two bedrooms and one bath.

There’s even a washer and dryer in the bath so you don’t have to leave the house to do laundry.

Downsizing is not about doing without..but living abundantly in a small space.

IKEA 621 Living Kitchen

Cozy living room with a comfy sofa which could definitely be a sleeper sofa for overnight guests.

IKEA 621 Living Room

Obviously you’re going to enjoy your smaller house better if you’re organized. One of the great things about IKEA is that they have storage solutions for every room in the house.

This is an absolutely gorgeous kitchen, small house or not. I am hooked on the white subway tile, and the glossy 4×4 tile that is featured in this IKEA kitchen.

IKEA 621 Kitchen

IKEA 621 Dining

Perfectly workable dining room for four. Again notice the storage.  Remember you can always go up with storage with you’re trying to use your space most effectively.

IKEA 621 Master Bedroom

Lovely IKEA master bedroom. I don’t know why I didn’t think to take a picture of the storage in this room, but if you’ll refer back to the floor plan, you’ll see that an entire wall is devoted to storage in this bedroom. 

And of course you can see the storage over the bed in this picture.

IKEA 621 Bathroom

Here is the small IKEA bath complete with double sinks and even a washer and dryer.

IKEA 621 Extra Bedroom

They managed to squeeze in a secondary bedroom in this tiny 621 square foot home. You could do bunk beds for a much more efficient use of space in this kids room.

IKEA 621 Extra bedroom Storage

Three areas of storage here.. The storage closet, underneath the bed storage.. and shelves at the very top near the ceiling.  Imagine the efficiency of this small bedroom if it had a bunkbed with storage underneath?  Plus it would look much more streamlined than with a plastic box under the bed.   Hey, how about the night light?

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Five Unique Beds for Small Bedrooms

Five Unique Beds for Small Bedrooms – A collection of beautiful beds that you can buy or use for small bedroom ideas.

While searching for unique beds for small bedrooms, it occurred to me that Home Decorators Collection has not only cool beds, but big, bold pictures of them! So the five beds featured here can all be found at the Home Decorators store. In the spirit of full disclosure, SmallHouseLife.com is an affiliate of theirs so we do (or should, I should say) get compensated when our visitors purchase through our links. Thank you!

BTW, you can use your Home Depot consumer credit card at Home Decorators Collection and receive special financing!

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Port Bed - Queen, Brown

Port Bed – Queen, Brown
– The Port Bed is a platform bed that is perfect for any small bedroom. A modern take with a classic sleigh bed design, and rich, warm finish that blends easily with almost any decor. Crafted of tropical hardwoods and mahogany veneer.
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Midnight Bed - King, Glossy Black

Midnight Bed – King, Glossy Black
The Midnight Bed is great for a small bedroom becasue the thin, finial-adorned bed posts create a gentle airy feel.. not heavy or over powering at all.  A glossy black finish completes the look.
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Kendall Faux Leather Bed - King, Brown

Kendall Faux Leather Bed – King, Brown
– Personally, I absolutely love this style.  Why, well first off because you eliminate the need for a box spring or bed skirt.  Secondly, the headboard is soft and comfy for reading in bed.  And I just like the sleek look of it, also.

Here’s what Home Decorators say about it >>  This platform bed features clean lines and a sleek design.. Huhumm! See, I told you!  Upholstered in faux-leather, this vinyl bed is great for the master bedroom or a small guest bedroom.  Fully-welded construction features foundry-poured aluminum castings, heavy gauge tubing and a solid bar wire.  Flex-Deck support allows for a reliable base without a box spring.
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Button Tufted Upholstered Bed - Twin, Velvet Buckwht

Button Tufted Upholstered Bed – Velvet Buckwheat
I love comfy headboards, and this button tufted upholstered bed is beautifully crafted and elegantly finished.  The headboard is upholstered in the same fabric as the rails and foot board.  You can select your fabric from a wide variety of beautiful, top-quality options to create a piece that fits your style and current bedroom decor.  Free fabric swatches! Made to order & delivered in about 15 days.
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Canali Poster Bed - King, Mocca

Canali Poster Bed – King, Mocca
– Slick, straight lines and a floating top enhance the luxurious feel of this lovely piece. An intimate mocha finish for a charming final touch. Crafted of solid, hardwood mahogany and veneers. Durable bolt on bed mechanisms. Hand-rubbed finishing process.

Remember you can use your Home Depot Consumer Credit Card at Home Decorators Collection and receive Special Financing .. Sweet!

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Five Easy Tips to Expand Your Small Space

Easy tips for your small space. Super simple ways to expand the use of your small spaces while making them feel bigger, too!

Your small space does not have to feel cramped or be inefficient. Remember, living in a small house is not about doing without. Here we’ll show you super simple ways to expand the use of your small spaces while making them feel bigger, too!

1) Declutter

First and foremost, you gotta get rid of all the extra stuff. This one tip alone can make you think your room is twice the size. If you need an objective ‘eye’ have a friend come in to help you sweep some of it away. Be ruthless because all that clutter serves no good purpose and it’s filling up your space making it less functional… and pleasing.. and comfortable!

Of course, along with decluttering, comes organizing. If you need a quick tip guide to declutter, you’ll receive one once you sign up for our Sunday morning Magazine. Look to the right sidebar for signup. Can’t get motivated? There’s help at >> Kick the Excuses and Get Organized

2) Multipurpose your Rooms

We touch on this at 5 Mistakes not to make with your House Plan.  It’s Tip #2.

Gone are the days that we use our homes like we’re ‘supposed’ to. Formal dining room? Who says that space has to be used as a dining room? Or you can use it as a formal dining room but multi purpose it as a library also. Guest room double duties as an office or music room. Screened in back porch can be unique sleeping porch for occasional over night guests. The list is really endless.

Bunkbed with desk underneath
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3) Multipurpose your Furniture

Ahhh.. This is one of my favorite small space tip because we can find all kinds of multipurpose furniture in the marketplace. What are we talking about?

Bunkbeds come to mind. But not just any bunk beds; we’re talking about the ones that have double beds underneath, or desks, or futons. Extremely efficient.

Tables that have shelves underneath. Or even something as basic as having a drawer in the side table instead of just the table.

Chests used as coffee tables so you can store items in the chest. Headboards with built in bookcases.  Breakfast table that doubles as a game table.

4) Get Rid of Unnecessary Furniture

Is your room over stuffed with furniture that you aren’t using? When we’re talking about living in a small house, even one unused piece of furniture can be one too many. Really think about how you are using your space (or how you want to use your space.) If you have extra furniture that does not serve a purpose, get rid of it!

Take bedroom bureaus as an example. How much do you dig around in the drawers? Get rid of the big, hunky dresser and put those clothes in your closet. Whatever was on top of the bureau can go A. to charity, B. on top of bed table, C. bathroom vanity.

Can you imagine how much bigger your bedroom will feel? ..and I’m sure if you think about it, there are other furniture pieces you can live without.

5) Mirrors

Decorative mirrors as seen in this gorgeous small space, expands the visual of the room while adding a fun decorative touch.

HGTV Mirror - Decor by Erinn Valencich
Mirror Photo: HGTV - Decor by Erinn Valencich

Mirrors are an easy, inexpensive way to instantly add visual space to any room. Lean a large mirror against a wall and it will not only increase how big the room feels but you also have a place for a full length check before you head out the door.

Hang a mirror on adjacent wall from a window and it feels like you have two windows! I actually do this trick any time I have the opportunity because I love the feeling of expanding outdoor views.

In a tiny bathroom, extend a mirror across the entire wall for big visual pop like you see in our small black and white bath.

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Bunkbeds Make the Most of Your Space

Small space? No problem. Bunkbeds with futons or bunk beds with desks, double beds or other living creations make the most of your small..

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Living in a small house or apartment presents some unique challenges. The most obvious of these is the lack of space and how to optimize your use of the few square feet that you have.

I have been living in small spaces and learning new techniques to solve this problem for many years. Here are my best suggestions for others in similar situations.

Combination furniture such as bunk beds, futon bunk beds and desk loft beds are the ultimate solution to small space woes. The most unused space in a home is vertical and you need to make use of that. You can build higher shelves but that only does so much. What are you supposed to do if you live in a studio apartment but want to have guests over? You can’t exactly spruce up the guest room for them. A classy set of adult bunk beds is your best bet. You can effectively double the sleeping space without taking up any extra floor space.

Bunkbed with desk underneath

If you’re not too concerned about having guests and increasing sleeping space then a desk loft bed is a great option. They are a perfect solution for kids’ rooms as they provide a bed and a work space for school work and projects. Using a desk loft bed in an office will help that room double as a guest room rather than just being taken up by work.

Contemporary bunkbed with futon underneath
Futon bunk beds are a great option for studios or living rooms. Every room can double as a sleeping space, even the kitchen, so don’t overlook any potential space saving solution. Placing a set of futon bunk beds where a couch would normally go doubles both the sleeping and seating space. The futon is an obvious choice for both, but with the right cushions you can turn the top bunk into balcony seating for the showing of your favorite DVD on movie night.

You’ll be surprised as to how much space you open up if you use these simple suggestions. You can also stay pretty classy with the new designs that are on the market. Just make sure that you are buying adult sized bunk beds. You don’t want to be sleeping with your feet hanging off the end of the mattress an neither do your guests.

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5 Worst Colors to Paint Your Bedroom

What are the 5 Worst Colors to Paint Your Bedroom? Get paint color tips from Mark, an interior design specialist. Paint color can make..

While there is no right or wrong color to paint your house, or your bedroom for that matter, there are a few guidelines to follow when it comes to painting your  bedroom. After all, it’s your bedroom…the place you wake up to in the morning and the place you relax and sleep in at night. So while the color of your bedroom depends on your own personal taste, here are a few things you should consider about certain colors, before you pick up the paint brush. You should also take into account your room’s lighting throughout the day when choosing a bedroom color.

Modern Red Small Bedroom
Very Red Bedroom

Bright Red

Pardon the pun, but this color should set off alarms. When you want a space to be relaxing and stress free, the last thing you want to do is to paint the walls an alarming color like red. If you absolutely must paint something red, use it on an accent wall or a small area of the room. If you’re going after a romantic feel for your room, try soft mauves, lavanders, corals, and soft pinks.


This may seem like a cheery, sunshiny color to paint your room, but if you use the wrong shade, it can have the same jarring effect as bright red, not to mention make you feel as if you’re sitting inside of a giant lemon meringue pie. If you want to use yellow, use softer shades like , butter, camel, and pale ochre, especially if the room is already well lit.


Okay, you can do much worse than painting a bedroom white. But if you don’t have anything else visually significant going on in your bedroom, your walls will look very boring. Off white or pale yellow would be more calming, welcoming and interesting. If you really want to use white, color an accent wall or use interesting furniture and wall hangings in the room to make it more personal and inviting instead of sterile.


Painting a a room orange falls into the same category as red and yellow: Jarring, stimulating, and not very good for a relaxing room. Dark orange or burnt orange might work since they are less intense, or pale orange colors like soft marigold or Yuma.


Brown is a warm color, but on its own can make your room very drab. However if used correctly, it can make a bedroom look very chic and sophisticated. If you paint your bedroom walls brown, use contrasting accents like dark red or white furnishings to round things out.

Cool colors like blue and green are usually favored when it comes to bedroom painting since they are relaxing and calm. Overall, it’s up to you how to shape your bedroom to make it unique to you. When undergoing this process, it’s helpful to know which colors are best to avoid in order to make your spot the nicest it can be.

This is a guest post from Mark at PaintPlace.com.au
Mark is an interior design specialist, recommending that you spend as long as possible deciding on the right interior paint, as it can truly make or break your room. The wrong decision and your room could look terrible, the right one and you will lay down in bliss every night!

Small Bathroom Ideas

Small bathroom ideas for your bath, big or small. It’s essential to get smart with how you use your space with small bathrooms. Creative ideas

These small bathroom ideas are sure to perk up any bathroom, big or small. From built ins to creative use of space. This page has some of our more popular photos! Enjoy.

There’s clever use of small spaces, as well as cool new trends you might not be familiar with.

It’s essential to get smart with how you use your space when we’re talking small bathrooms. There are a lot of different ways to organize a small bath so it works as well as a larger bathroom. So, jump in and have a look.

Small black and white bathroom with amazing storage idea. SmallHouseLife.com
Remember your bathroom does not have to be big to be amazing! Especially when you have great storage ideas like above.

Small Bath from HGTV Remodels
Small Bath from HGTV Remodels

The small bath above has an ideal detail for small or large bathrooms.. the built in shampoo and storage area in the shower.  Really, the way a home lives is in the details.

I like the rich coffee wood that is mimicked in the rattan and wood drawers next to the sink.

Photo Credit - Kohler.com

Crisp, modern bath courtesy of Kohler.  Oh look!  They also feature the built-in storage area in the shower.  I like the kind of half sink also.  These are fairly inexpensive at Lowe’s or Home Depot.. and give a luxurious look.

Small Bath design
Photo credit: One of our fav designers: Donald Gardner

Donald Gardner is an architect that we use sometimes when we build houses, and this picture was taken of one of the homes he designed.  This particular bah has some interesting elements.  The vanity is not your run of the mill cabinet, but more of a furniture piece.

Then the sink definitely makes a statement with it’s unusual shape.  The faucet is one I used in a bath I called my ‘farm’ bathroom.  I’ll have to do a post on it so you can see how I used that faucet.  Lovely small bath, although I will say, it’s a bit trendy.

Bath at Horseshoe Bay
Lovely small with lamp.

Warm, traditional bath.  The beauty of this look is it’ll never go out of style.  Granite counter tops with complimenting tile backslash.  Not too crazy about the floors but they work.

Bath Design from ModernFurnitureDesign
Photo Credit:ModernFurnitureDesign

Who says a small bathroom has to be boring?  This tiny bath is crisp and clean with minimal feel.  FYI, the faucet seems to be mounted too high for me.  I think it’ll make quite a splash into that sink.  What a cool chandelier!

Tropical Small Bath design
Tropical Small Bath design

What a fun bathroom!  They didn’t miss a beat did they?  Great job in creating a tropical paradise.  Even the old timey ‘blind’ windows.  Boy, you don’t see those anymore.  Use of pebble tile continues the rustic oasis.  BTW, this pebble tile typically comes in 12×12 tiles and are laid just like any other tile.  Interior wood posts.. and a fan complete this casual, rustic bathroom.

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Small Bedroom Ideas

Small bedroom ideas.. Redo your small house with creative bedroom design ideas that will perk up any room. Small bedroom pictures..

Small Bedroom Ideas for your Bedroom Design

Small Bedroom Ideas is a real treat today because we have so many pretty bedroom design ideas to show you.

One thing I try to do when putting together a post, is give you a good variety of images to look at.. LOL, I say that and then I noticed a common theme through the small bedroom idea pictures below. Many of them have really cool walls.. often some kind of wood attached to the walls to add interest and texture. If you can budget in the additional expense, it’s well worth it!
Small bedroom white and orange
First small bedroom idea by House Beautiful, is a simple, white room with just a pop of color. Gives a crisp, clean look without being boring.

[note color=”#D3D3D3″]Bedroom Design Idea: If you’ll go neutral, you will have lots of flexibility in changing the look by simply changing out pillows, a rug, maybe a painting or slipcover.[/note]

Notice the wood walls I mentioned earlier.. I like the vertical wood pieces capped off with horizontal and then polished with a high gloss white paint.

Small Bedroom Pottery Barn 1
Small Bedroom Photo: Pottery Barn

As much as I love white rooms, THIS warm and cozy small bedroom is one of my favorites! The wood tones perfectly blend with the white (again wood) walls and light colored bed linens, create a welcoming oasis.  It really starts with the bed, doesn’t it?

small bedroom - by Michael J. Lee
Photo: Michael J. Lee

Off to a more modern space. if you checked out our IKEA 386 sq. ft small house then you saw use of the wall storage just as you see in this small bedroom.  Going vertical with storage is a super smart design idea to maximize precious space.  In this one, you even have your bedside table included!  Clever.

small bedroom Crate and Barrel Atwood Bedroom
Photo: Crate and Barrel Atwood Bedroom

Another, cool, crisp small bedroom that manages to appear warm with the rich wood furniture against a backdrop of white.. More white wood walls!  How about the light over the bed?  This room would be perfect in Texas.  🙂

small pink bedroom
For the girlie in all of us, a romantic, whimsical bedroom.  Look what they fit into this small space!  A tiny bed stand with reading light cleverly mounted on the wall to save space.  Natural light unencumbered by window treatments..   and artfully stenciled walls highlighting a funky mirror.  Of course, we know mirrors are perfect for reflecting light and making a small room appear bigger.

Photo: WILLIAM ABRANOWICZ at Martha Stewart

Don’t have a headboard? No problem because this design idea eliminates the need for one.  Just paint yourself one.  Or even wallpaper a headboard on.

Photo credit: Pottery Barn Small Bedroom
Photo credit: Pottery Barn Small Bedroom

Speaking of headboards, how about this small bedroom idea? Looks like old rustic shutters doing double duty as a stunning headboard. Combine soothing blue and white sheets for a real winner.

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