Small homes have their charm and benefits. They use less energy, cost less to keep in working order, and require less cleaning and maintenance than larger homes. Plus, they are often more unique and cozy.
However, small homes also come with challenges, not the least of which is limited storage space in the kitchen and bathrooms. Fortunately, with a little bit of creativity and organization, you can maximize the space you have. Here are seven ideas for making the most of the space you have in your small kitchen and bathrooms.
1. Install shelving or cabinets
A big part of maximizing storage in a small home is using space that you otherwise wouldn’t think about. One way to do that is by having shelving or cabinets installed. For instance, you can add shelves above your stove for spices or utensils, or above your kitchen sink for glasses and other dishes. You can even utilize the space under your island countertop with shelves.
When it comes to the bathroom, consider putting enclosed shelving behind the sink/vanity cabinet door, or installing recessed shelving in the wall between studs. Also, a wrap-around cabinet is a great way to add storage space if you have a pedestal sink. Just bear in mind the more involved your project is, the more likely you will need to call in a pro. If you do need a professional to build and/or install shelves or cabinets, expect to pay between $183 and $646 for a handyman in Atlanta. The cost will vary depending on your materials and the time required. If you’ve got a larger budget, consider calling in an remodeling contractor who specializes in bathroom updates. Most professionals have extra ideas up their sleeves to help you make the most of your space.
2. Rent a storage unit
One of the first stages of making space for storage is decluttering. When you have limited space, you should only keep items that you use on a regular basis. For items that you don’t need to use right now — but that you can’t bring yourself to get rid of — you can put them in a 5×5’ self-storage unit for as little as $44 a month.
3. Hang a pegboard backsplash
Another idea for kitchen storage is to put in a pegboard backsplash. You can find stylish pegboard material that adds appeal to your kitchen while also holding essential kitchen utensils. Also, consider installing hooks on the side of your cabinet(s) to store utensils.
4. Hang pots and pans
Along with shelving and pegboards, you can maximize your vertical space in the kitchen by hanging your pots and pans. Whether it’s hanging them on a wall or from the ceiling, there are numerous racks, bars, planks, and other solutions that look great and open up space for other things in your kitchen.
5. Use nearby spaces for storage
It can also help to think outside the kitchen. For instance, if there is a nearby closet or other space that can be used, you could convert it into your food pantry. Simply clean the space, put your items in, and hang a curtain. If you want to add a little pizzazz, consider installing an interior pantry door. This idea also works for the bathroom, as you can keep medications, beauty products, towels, and other items in a nearby closet or small room.
6. Make the most of your bathroom door
There are countless ideas for creative storage in the bathroom. One of the most practical and efficient methods is to utilize the door. For example, you can hold everyone’s towels by installing multiple towel bars on the back of the door, or you could hang a shower organizer to hold hair-styling tools and products. The same concept applies to hanging a shoe organizer on the inside of your shower curtain to keep bathing products.
7. Add an expandable organizer under your sink
Another great storage option is to put an expandable organizer under your bathroom sink. There are two-tier organizers with sliding shelves that are designed to fit around plumbing pipes, and many of them come with adjustable shelves. These are particularly useful for storing cleaning products.
There are countless solutions to address the limited storage space in your small home beyond these seven suggestions. The key is to look for untapped space and figure out how to put it to use. Remember that there’s always a way to add storage space. Trying these tips is a good place to start, but be sure to do your research and get creative!
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