Recently my friend Kat reached out to me about helping her come up with a few solutions for her home. It’s a small home and is seriously lacking in storage. I came up with a few storage ideas for small homes that might help out.
In the kitchen I would do anything possible to eliminate clutter. If the counters and cabinet faces are clear, it will feel much larger. Here is a post I wrote all about how we keep our kitchen clear, which includes a variety of tips.
As for displaying the kids artwork, it would look great displayed in the eat in kitchen or in the adjoining dining room on a display wire. In our last house I had this Ikea Dignitet wire hung for school art and drawings. She could even double hang two or three wires for an entire art wall.
Currently her eat in kitchen is being under-utilized because they have the dining room on the other side of the kitchen. Rather than having a table and chairs here, they could add bar stools to the counter, freeing up the entire wall for storage! Here is a post I wrote highlighting my favorite affordable stools! I’ve even seen tons of affordable stools at Thrift Stores.
Once that wall is available, it depends on if they want to keep this an “eat in” space, or convert it to more of a “mudroom”. If they want to keep it as an eat in option, they could add benches like we did in our Auction House and in our Bright Green Door House. I used Ikea TV stands with the legs cut down to make great storage benches.
If they don’t need the seating in here, I’d opt for an entire wall of wardrobes or cabinets like I did in my current mudroom, or my last mudroom. This could hide shoes, coats, backpacks, brooms, and so much more.
In the dining room they store all of their kids art supplies.
I think a wall to wall built in buffet would be great in here. This could be done super affordably with basic stock cabinets from Menards or Ikea, and an affordable laminate top. Here’s a few examples from Hey There Home and Thrifty Decor Chick.
At the end of their hallway there isn’t a linen closet.
In this situation I’d build really simple shelves that go from wall to wall, and find matching baskets that will fit in each space. Then everything will be beautifully concealed. Here is an example from HomeStories A to Z of how I’d do it:
Hopefully these storage ideas for small homes helps her come up with some creative organization! If you’re struggling with not enough storage hopefully these help you think outside the box!