6. Make use of all the space you have. Sometimes that means adding a shelf to a cabinet, so the space can be used better. Sometimes that means putting artwork on the inside of cabinet doors and/or using the walls, adding hooks and jewelry hangers.
7. Pick your storage containers wisely. Square or rectangular pieces make better use of limited space than do round containers. Wicker baskets are attractive storage containers that can be slipped under things and stacked on shelves. Cubes can double as storage, extra seating and as a coffee table.
8. Keep the clutter from ever entering your new space. Register to receive less at dmachoice.org or optoutprescreen.com and catalogchoice.org. Stop taking free samples of products you donít really want. Turn down freebies at fairs, conferences, hotels and parties and donate that hodgepodge of† toiletries you have accumulated to a shelter where they can really use them. (See my article on The Anatomy of Clutter)
9. You may not have room to be a Costco shopper. If you donít have room to easily store large quantities of products, limit how much you buy and bring your own containers to recycle and reuse. (See my article on Creating a Zero Waste Home) But do make sure you have emergency supplies: sufficient water, appropriate food items, etc.
10. Make sure all furniture serves a multi-function. You may only have room for one table, which may have to double as a coffee table, task table, office workspace and meals table. Find a desk that can be closed up at night to disguise work if it is out in the middle of your living space. Find a hall organizer to put at the front door with specific bins to collect keys, bags, coats and shoes. Sofas and chairs should also be convertible to sleeper beds if you no longer have a guest room.
11. Limit your collections. I love crystals and previously had room to display all of these wonderful gems, but not in my cute little cottage. So I boxed them up and tucked them safely under the bed where I can get to them easily. I just display a handful and rotate them out every few weeks. I can still enjoy them but this way I really see them because the display always looks fresh and interesting.
13. Be merciless with the clothes you keep. When our space is limited we need to be very selective with clothes accumulation. We will often need to use part of the closets for stackable organizer bins. Nix the skinny clothes you are keeping for when you lose that 10 pounds! Give yourself a limit, such as 6 pants, 12 blouses, 10 dresses, X shoes, and try to stick to it. When you want to bring in something new, out goes one in the same category.