How to Design Your House Efficiently, Creating More Space

Wouldn’t it be great if the right empty shelf popped up just when you needed it? We all dream about helpful interior decorators showing up at our doorsteps and magically organizing the mess, but that’s not real life. These are low-budget, practical tips on how to design your house efficiently, creating more space in a lived-in environment.

Yes, you can always go the more expensive route and hire help. But even the expensive solutions require discipline and good organizational habits. Try our suggestions out first and you may manage to live a more streamlined, sustainable life in your beautiful home. 

How Can I Maximize My Home Space?

Begin by compartmentalizing your home organization projects. Where would you prefer to begin?

We’ve separated the following advice into the kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom sectors. Bathrooms, in particular, tend to be low on space. There, we’re going to use some low-budget tools that emphasize the vertical space on walls and keep your mobility high. 

But let’s begin with the kitchen and focus on the area where you eat, meal prep, and require a high level of cleanliness at all times.

The Kitchen

A well-organized kitchen enhances efficiency and contributes to a visually appealing and inviting cooking space. Strategic organization is key. Let’s ensure that your kitchen remains both functional and tidy!

Refrigerator and Freezer Organization Tools

Invest in storage containers and organizers for your refrigerator and freezer to significantly enhance available space. Use clear bins, stackable containers, and lazy Susans to create designated sections for different food categories. Find these items in stores like Target and Walmart, on Amazon, and on budget websites such as Groupon.

This not only keeps items neatly arranged but also makes it easier to locate and access them. Additionally, adjustable shelves in both the refrigerator and freezer allow for customization based on the size of your items, maximizing storage potential. So if your fridge or freezer space doesn’t automatically come with these items, make a small investment and get better organized.

Keep the Oldest and Ready-to-Use Items Visible

To minimize food waste and maintain freshness, adopt the practice of placing the oldest items at the front. This ties directly into human psychology; you are more likely to use what is right in front of you and ready to go. It is also known as the “FIFO” system.

 Arrange items by expiration date, with the soon-to-expire products placed front and center. This method not only prevents forgotten items from languishing at the back of the fridge but also streamlines your meal preparation process. For quick and easy access, designate specific areas for ready-to-use ingredients such as pre-cut vegetables, condiments, and frequently used items.

Sticky Liners for Drawers and Cabinets

To keep drawers and cabinets clean and easily maneuverable, consider using sticky liners. These liners not only protect surfaces from spills and stains but also make it simple to clean up any messes. Pick liners that are easy to remove and replace. The added benefit of using liners is that they prevent items from sticking or scratching surfaces, making it effortless to rearrange items within drawers and cabinets to suit your changing storage needs. Many are waterproof, too!

The Bathrooms

Let’s transform your bathrooms into tranquil oases that promote relaxation and cleanliness.

Utilizing Open Vertical Spaces

Don’t underestimate the potential of vertical surfaces in your bathrooms — even the smaller ones. Install shelves or floating storage units on empty walls to keep essential items within reach. This not only utilizes otherwise overlooked space but also adds an airy and open feel to the room. 

Consider using transparent or open shelving for a visually light and uncluttered look. Vertical storage is particularly useful for towels, toiletries, and decorative items, ensuring everything has its dedicated place.

Intimidated about DIY work? Hire someone for the installation on an affordable site such as Taskrabbit

Embracing Minimalism in Decor and Non-Essential Items

Speaking of decorative items, to maintain a clean and uncluttered appearance, adopt a minimalistic approach to non-essential stuff. 

Pare down decorative elements to a few select pieces that enhance the overall aesthetic without overwhelming the space. Keep only the necessary toiletries visible, storing the rest in closed cabinets or drawers. By eliminating unnecessary items, you create a calming atmosphere while making it easier to clean and maintain order in the bathroom.

Prioritizing Cleanliness and Sanitation

Finally, opt for easy-to-clean surfaces such as tiles and sealed countertops to simplify maintenance. Use containers or organizers within cabinets to keep cleaning supplies neatly arranged and easily accessible. 

Regularly purge expired products and discard worn-out or unused items to prevent clutter from accumulating. This will require a quarterly “check-in” on your products. Implement a cleaning routine that includes wiping down surfaces, disinfecting frequently touched areas, and laundering towels and shower curtains regularly.

The Bedrooms

How can you maximize usable space in your bedroom designs? Your bedroom is your sanctuary. Keeping it that way means focusing on organization, and allowing it to play a pivotal role in maintaining a serene atmosphere.

By maximizing usable space and adopting clever storage solutions, you can transform your bedroom into a clutter-free haven of tranquility.

Custom Closets for Easy and Accessible Storage

Investing in custom closets can be a game-changer for bedroom organization. Tailored to your specific needs, these closets efficiently utilize every inch of available space. No, you don’t have to use a professional! Purchase your own closet system or use a company such as Ikea or The Container Store to buy separate components and put it all together.

Incorporate adjustable shelves, hanging rods, and specialized compartments to place items from clothing to accessories. For kids closets, keep the clothing lower so they can access their outfits themselves. By having a designated spot for each item, you not only keep your belongings organized but also make them easily accessible. Adding built-in drawers and pull-out shoe racks maximizes the functionality of your closet, promoting a clean and tidy aesthetic.

Utilizing Under-Bed Space for Bins and Hand-Me-Downs

Under-bed storage is an often-overlooked area. It can provide valuable space for keeping the bedroom organized. Invest in storage bins or drawers that fit seamlessly under your bed to stow away items like extra linens, out-of-season clothing, or sentimental hand-me-downs. Choose containers with lids to keep the contents dust-free and well-organized. We also like using vacuum bags to minimize items and get more room. This approach not only capitalizes on otherwise unused space but also declutters your living areas, creating a more serene bedroom environment.

Dual-Purpose Furniture for Functionality

To further maximize space, consider incorporating dual-purpose furniture into your bedroom design. Storage ottomans, bed frames with built-in drawers, and nightstands with ample storage can serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. These pieces not only contribute to a cohesive design but also provide extra space to store items like books, personal items, or bedding. Dual-purpose furniture allows you to make the most of your bedroom square footage without sacrificing style.

Get Organized With Monumental

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