4 Storage and organizing ideas to maximize a small space

When organizing a small space, it’s important to maximize as much of the available storage as possible, and to utilize doors, nooks and any dead space.  Organization products can really help to maximize your space, but don’t rush off to the store just yet.  Wait until you’ve eliminated what you don’t need.  Then, plan the space and decide what you need before going shopping. 

I’d like to share just a few of my favorite space saving organizing products that I use with my organizing clients – I also use a couple of them in my own home.


Undershelf basket.  Undershelf baskets use the dead space below the shelf (Container Store) and can be used in the kitchen cabinets, linen closet or hallway closet to store small items.   



Over the door shoe organizer.  Not just for shoes!  These can be used for crafts, toys, office supplies, toiletries and more!  Clear pockets are best, if you want to be able to see the items and over the door shoe pocket organizers are available at many larger discount department stores. (Source of photo unknown.)

Tip: You can also label the plastic pockets using a printed label on cardstock tucked inside a plastic stick-on pocket.   Martha Stewart has a some plastic pocket label holders in her home office line at Staples.


Under the sink organizer. Tackles that difficult to organize area under the sink and is suitable for the kitchen or bathroom. (Organize-it) I particularly like this one because the top shelf isn’t as wide as the bottom, allowing you to see and access what’s underneath.  It’s also less likely to conflict with any pipes under the sink.


Shelf dividers – Stack more sweaters and tops, and prevent them from toppling over with shelf dividers (Organize-it).

Now that you have some ideas for organizing your stuff, plan the area you’re going to tackle next and get started!  🙂

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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20 Responses to 4 Storage and organizing ideas to maximize a small space

  1. Using these storage we may maximize our small space and cabinets.
    thanks for the idea.

  2. Miranda W says:

    I love the under-shelf baskets. I use them all over my house. Also hanging things from the ceiling works very well. Thanks for the tips.
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  3. PATTI says:

    You’ve listed some terrific organizing ideas ~ thank you!!

  4. I really need to follow some of these tips. Or areas that are used for storage, like the bathroom closet, and the cabinets, are just a mess.

  5. Jennifer Jo Archdeacon says:

    Thanks for the organizing tips.

  6. Jodi Bradshaw says:

    i guess when looking in the store at all these shelf organizers, its overwhelming and you gotta be a little creative to find those empty spaces to put the organizers.

  7. Rebecca Sinclair says:

    Great idea…I need the shoe organizer. If I had one place for the kids to put their shoes, our house would stay so much neater!

  8. jeanette sheets says:

    hi love your organizing tips thanks for the hints and tips

  9. Ana Cláudia says:

    great idea

  10. tami s says:

    I never even knew hey had under cabinet organizers. I think this is a great idea for helping to keep things organized under my sink cabinet

  11. Carole Ingram says:

    I love the over the door shoe organizer! I need one of those , I’m going to put it on my “to get list” (it’s forever growing but I’m going to pay CASH for it, so it’s not something that I’m a terrible hurry for but would be great to have)

  12. Rachel says:

    Great ideas! I am an organization nightmare, so I appreciate tips!

  13. bianca roman says:

    My mom and I use the over the door shoe hanger for our of all free samples (or really cheap) of lotion, perfume, makeup etc..!!! It’s amazing how much it can hold!!

  14. Danielle ! says:

    great post! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Sandra says:

    I’m very visual and like things neat and uncluttered. Unfortunately,my children don’t seem to mind a mess 🙁

  16. Kristie Betts says:

    I never even knew they had under cabinet organizers. I think this is a great idea for helping to keep things organized under my sink cabinet

  17. katklaw777 says:

    I luv the undershelf basket idea and the sink organizer that pulls out!
    I am glad you have given the sources on where to find them too…thanks!

  18. Tara Gauthier says:

    I love these ideas. Waiting till we pack and move to put any new ideas into play as we are going to buy a house but can’t wait to get it all organized!

  19. Jennifer Speed says:

    these are some great organizing ideas….would really come in handy since I live on campus and have little space….