8 Organizing & Cleaning Solutions This Small-Space Expert Always Recommends to Her Clients

published Mar 21, 2022
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As a small-space expert, I help clients solve their small-space dilemmas. Sometimes my their dilemmas are difficult to solve and may take time and changes in behavior. Other dilemmas are easily solved by buying a product that makes their space an easier, happier place to live.

No small space is exactly the same — and that’s exciting — but over the years I have seen themes and patterns emerge among the problems of my clients.

Here are eight solutions I find myself recommending over and over again:

A Compact Air Purifier

In a small space, dust, hair, and allergens can accumulate really quickly. Unfortunately, many air purifiers are bulky, unattractive, and take up a lot of floor space. This stylish Energy Star rated HEPA air purifier by Rabbit Air is thin enough to be mounted on the wall and filters up to 815 square feet.

Under-the-Bed Storage Containers 

In small homes, the space under the bed is a convenient place to store out-of-season clothing or extra linens. What I like about these plastic storage bins is that the tops flip up from both sides, making them accessible from either side of the bed. That way, you don’t have to pull out the entire container to find that one, elusive item.

A Magnetic Stovetop Shelf

Many of my clients are renters or DIY shy. And that’s OK! For the folks that don’t want to install shelves or drill into their wall, I always recommend this magnetic shelf from Sarlatino for organizing and easily grabbing spices or cooking oils. This shelf requires zero installation, instantly turns your stovetop into a shelf, and frees up precious counter space.

Pull-Out Garbage Containers

Pull out garbage cans hide your trash from view and help save on precious floor space, but, for some reason, many of my clients believe that pull-out garbage are something only wealthy people had in their home. I’m happy to report that affordable pullout garbage cans exist! This kit from Rev-A-Shelf is fairly inexpensive and easily installed, even by a novice DIYer.

A Large Cotton Rope Basket

I constantly find myself recommending rope baskets to clients because they’re inexpensive, fit in a lot of different decor styles, and won’t scratch hardwood floors. Even small messes can look big in a tiny space and large baskets are perfect for those times when you or your little ones need to pick up a mess quickly and easily. These baskets, in particular, are great because they’re machine-washable. (After spilling a cup of coffee directly inside my basket, I can attest to it!)

Space-Saving Hangers

I’ve been recommending space saving hangers for years, but these “no bump” space saving hangers from MAWA are a recent discovery for me. They not only take up less space in your closet, they also protect your clothing from the dreaded hanger shoulder bump. Win-win.

A Grocery Bag Dispenser

Even though many of my clients try to use reusable grocery bags as much as possible, they still find themselves with a surplus of plastic grocery bags. This wall mount dispenser from Simplehuman makes organizing and grabbing plastic bags quick and easy.

A Waterproof and Fireproof Chest

Protecting important and precious documents should be a priority in all homes, not just small ones. I recommend Honeywell’s Waterproof and Fireproof Chest for my clients because it’s large enough to hold letter size, A4 and legal size documents flat, but it’s also small enough to carry out of your home in an emergency.

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 8 Organizing & Cleaning Solutions a Small-Space Expert Always Recommends to Her Clients