You know those charming little bungalows you see on House Hunters and in magazines? You know, the cozy little houses decorated with the charm and whimsy of a simple life? Yeah, I live in one of those. However, it lost it’s charm the day we moved in and brought all of our crap with us. Built in the 1920s, our tiny house came with minimal storage (the tiny closets are big enough for about 5 outfits. And let me tell you, this mama has a lot more than 5 outfits!).
The more time that goes by in our tiny house, the more creative we get when it comes to keeping things organized. I’m constantly getting rid of stuff. And to be honest, I don’t miss it. When you live in a small house, you learn to develop a less is more style, and you get very creative when it comes to organizing what’s left.
Here are just a few ways I keep my tiny house organized on a tiny budget…
In my son’s room, there’s not a whole lot of room for his entire book collection. So we spray painted these Ikea spice rack shelves to match his room and display his favorites of the moment right next to his bed.
It’s so hard to get rid of stuffed animals. It seems like every one of them has a story and came from someone special. I love this hammock we found on Amazon to display Jack’s ever-growing collection. And for under $10?! Can’t beat that.
At only a few months old, my daughter’s shoe collection is quite impressive. I was so happy when we found this tiny cube shelf to put in her closet. Right now, it’s the perfect size for her tiny baby shoes, bibs, hats, and bows. As she grows, she can add jewelry, bags, and other accessories. This would also work great as a storage solution for socks and underwear.
I have fabric boxes like this all over my house, serving different organizational purposes. This one is perfect for small baby toys in my daughter’s nursery. A general rule of thumb: if it doesn’t fit in the bin, you probably don’t need it. There are only so many toys an infant needs. Return or donate anything excess.
Making the Most of Built-Ins
Part of the charm in an older home is the built-ins. I’m lucky that both of my kids’ rooms have these adorable built-in shelves. Instead of using them for books, I store more functional items in bins on them. In the nursery, I have one for burp cloths, one for blankets, and one for towels.In Jackson’s room, we have bins for different toy vehicles.
Community Book Shelf
To save room and prevent fights, I have a bookshelf in the hallway between my kids’ rooms. That way, they can share our book collection, and save the extra space in their rooms for personal items.
One of the simplest, most useful fixes – we nailed baskets to the wall above our toilet. We use one for our most-used toiletries and the other for spare toilet paper rolls.
Our basement may not be pretty, but it sure serves as an awesome place to store toys! We have shelves filled with these boxes of different toys. I simply print a label with a picture of each toy before adding it to the shelf. This helps kids know where to put things when cleaning up. It’s also great for boy moms, to have a picture for reference when you’re asked to build that complicated train set!
You can read more about our super organized snack cabinet here.