7 Ways to Have Less Clutter in a Small Space

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1. Spend Time Simplifying

Look around your home to find opportunities for less clutter and chaos.  Here are some ideas to get you started: Rather than piling things on your bedside cabinet, pare down what you need and keep items in the drawers for more visual peace. 
Practice putting any junk mail and recycling directly into the recycling bin, rather than first putting it on the dining room table. 
Sign up for automatic bill paying services online and request that no paper bills are posted to your home. 
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2. Install Built-ins

Built-ins can be made to fit perfectly in the space you have. Free standing non-custom furniture can make a room feel more cluttered and may be an inefficient use of space. 

If you have the opportunity to add storage with built-in floor-to-ceiling bookcases or install cabinets in a small home, do it! You'll likely find your home will feel more spacious and less cluttered with less furniture. 

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3. Re-imagine the Wardrobes

If you are lucky enough to have wardrobes, find creative ways to make them more efficient! 

Most wardrobes are not used to their full potential. Take some time to assess your wardrobes and consider ways to make better use of the space you have.
  • You may need to take the clothing bar out and reinstall two instead.
  • Are there walls that could have hooks or hanging pockets?
  • Perhaps new shelving would make more sense for your needs than the existing clothing rod. 
  • If your wardrobe is dark, install a light! If you can see better in the wardrobe, you can see better to keep it tidier. There are convenient non-electrical lights that work well for wardrobes.
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4. Use Space-Saving Gadgets

If you open a kitchen cabinet and find it impossible or frustrating to locate what you are looking for, maybe a  Lazy Susan or set of  shelf risers would help streamline your cabinet storage! 

Find ways to double or triple your usable space while making it easier to find everything you are looking for. 
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5. Keep Only What You Use

How many things do you actually need? In a huge house there is plenty of room for storing extra items for the future. In a small house, it's easier to stay clutter-free if you only keep on hand what you can use now.  Rather than storing a lot of seasonal decorations, stick to natural items you can bring in from outside or buy at the shops. 
Instead of hanging on to extra items you might use someday, let them go to someone else now. You'll free up much needed storage space and someone else will get to enjoy what you didn't even use.
If you like to buy in bulk, split orders and share with friends.
If you have a spare bedroom filled with junk, have a decluttering party to reclaim space.
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6. Downsize Your Appliances

How many appliances do you store in your kitchen? Perhaps a  toaster oven would be just as  efficient and take up less space overall than both a regular toaster and a microwave.
Maybe instead of a giant stand mixer that takes up room on a counter, you could get along fine with a small  handheld mixer.
Do you have bread-makers, salad spinners, rice cookers and ice cream makers that fill up your kitchen cabinets or pantry? Cut down on the appliances you have to store and enjoy the extra breathing room!
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7. Free Up the Floors

The more you have on the floor, the more cluttered your space will feel. 

If you have piles of washing, papers, towels or clothing on the floor, pick it up and put it away.What do you keep on the floor that could be stored elsewhere or put up on shelving to streamline the space?  
Could you cut down on the number of pieces of furniture, plants, cabinets, stools, chairs, rugs or tables you have in a room to free up more visual or floor space?
If you have old wall-to-wall carpet you don't like and can invest in new carpeting or hardwoods, your room will feel cleaner and more spacious.
7. Free Up the Floors
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