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How to Organize Your Small Space for Maximum Efficiency

Apr 13, 2023

A young adult in a cluttered space, wearing a thoughtful expression while contemplating organizing solutions to optimize her small room.

Many of us live in tight spaces, whether because of financial issues or because we live in big cities with limited room available, or because we just like it that way. There’s definitely a certain charm to living in a small space — or at least there can be if you do it right!  

That’s where we come in. We absolutely believe that limited square footage should never cramp your style. In fact, it might even enhance it. With these six small-space furniture and organization solutions, you can pack the function of an entire home into a tiny footprint, while also maximizing every inch of your limited space.  

Want to learn how? Let’s get started! 

Tip #1: Consider a Storage Bed or a Murphy Bed 

If you’re like most small-space dwellers, your bed probably takes up a lot of room in your studio or small home. So it’s important to remember: A bed that isn’t serving multiple functions is a wasted opportunity! If you’re looking to get maximum bang for your buck within a space-starved small bedroom, a storage bed will go a long way toward solving your organization issues.  

For maximum storage, an ottoman-style bed is the way to go. However, while accessing the underbed storage inside an ottoman bed isn’t physically hard, it’s probably not something you’ll want to do every day. That’s why, for storing items you use frequently, we recommend a bed base with built-in drawers rather than an ottoman-style bed that lifts and closes.  

If you’d rather forgo a storage bed altogether, a Murphy bed provides another great alternative. These beds fold up into the wall, opening the space beneath for yoga, floor hangs — or whatever you can dream up! One final nifty idea: consider putting a white screen on the underside of the Murphy bed. Installing a projector on the opposite wall turns your bedroom into a tiny movie theater when the Murphy bed is raised. 

Tip #2: Divide Vertically Instead of Horizontally 

Organizing small spaces isn’t just about storage — it’s about practicalities, too. While horizontal shelving and drawers work well in most scenarios, there are some instances where dividing cupboard interiors vertically will make much better use of the space. This solution would work well for organizing everything from kitchen cabinets to a hall closet to a linen closet. Think about it: You may have premium space going unused beneath or above your hanging, or above your kitchen dishes. A vertical shoe rack and some vertical plate storage racks can do wonders, opening up room for other items elsewhere. 

Tip #3: Office Space 

If you’re working from home, your office is another area to utilize as much storage as you can. There are plenty of desk ideas that will work in your small space, while also providing you with enough storage for work and other miscellaneous items to live. A couple of ideas we love:  

  • Construct a loft bed in your tiny space, then put a small desk beneath it. 

  • Remember our friend, the Murphy bed? Some of these beds come with folding desks in the bed’s undercarriage. 

Tip #4: Utilize All Space 

When organizing small spaces, hunt down those overlooked corners, neglected blank walls or forgotten niches ripe for utilization. This could be as simple as putting hat hooks above a doorway or adding hooks under shelves to hang scarves and purses. Floating shelves around the upper reaches of a room can also make for a great place to display books, knickknacks or high heels that aren’t worn frequently.  

Tip #5: Make the Most of Kitchen Space 

Your kitchen may be small, but it can also be mighty — in the storage sense, at least. Kitchen organizers could look as simple as a pegboard with flexible caddies, shelves and hooks for holding smaller items. Don’t know where to put your strainers, pans and other cookware? Hang them on the wall! Or you could invest in creative wall storage specifically designed for kitchen use.  

When it comes to organizing a small kitchen, of course you want to ensure that your cabinets and drawers are efficiently utilized, as well — but organizing kitchen countertops can prove vital, too. Consider hanging cups or wine glasses from underneath your cabinetry, or installing a knife magnet there. Just be sure you have enough room to utilize your countertops for cooking. 

Tip #6: Stack It Up 

Stacking containers will allow you to fit much more into any small space, whether you’re organizing a bathroom cabinet, arranging an under-sink area or even organizing a refrigerator. Alternatively, you can look for free-standing stackable units that are attractive and hold a ton of belongings. Go with wicker or patterned textile storage containers to give the space a boho vibe. 

So, How Can Acima Leasing Help?

Making a small space functional and organized can seem like a big financial undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be! With Acima Leasing’s lease-to-own solutions*, you can shop for your space with lease renewal payments* that work for you.  Check out the Acima Leasing store locator and find a retailer that you start the shopping experience with today. And just like that, Acima Leasing makes shopping for organizational pieces a breeze!