Double Duty: Smart Storage + Decor (How to Maximize Your Small Space)

If there’s one thing you can never have enough of, it’s space! Whether you’re living in the lap of luxury or in a one bedroom rental organizing can get tricky, quickly. I’ve become somewhat of an expert on the topic after four years of trial & error in our two bedroom condo. With under 900 sq. ft. worth of space to work with you’d better believe I’ve had to get crafty to come up with unique ways to keep our place tidy, organized, and looking its best. To me, organization is just as important as appearance. Learn how to nail both and you’ll save yourself a headache and cleaning time later.

Continue reading for 4 simple storage solutions that also double as decor:

Glass Display Boxes

Display boxes (also known as shadow boxes) are a great way to store accessories & items like jewelry, business cards, sunglasses, makeup and anything else! There’s no limit to what I’m storing in these. I love them because they create unique ways to store my favourite small items that now have a home on display instead of inside a crowded drawer where I can’t see/find them.


Collapsable Storage

There’s nothing worse than clutter and working in a very small space means getting creative when it comes to storage. Storage boxes and baskets are a great way to store things in plain sight. There are so many different options, colours & sizes available to choose from, many of which are nice enough to compliment your existing home furnishings. These are great to display on shelving units, helping keep everything hidden away and easy to find. I love the gold hardware detailing on these ones and that they fold flat — even easier to store them when they are not in use!

Wicker Baskets

I keep a rolling clothing rack in my office so that when new items come in I have somewhere to hang them in plain view 1) to keep me inspired on the season's trends 2) to make sure they don’t get wrinkled 3) to remind me what we are shooting next! To make full use of the rack since it has some space on the bottom that could be used, I decided to house two (or sometimes three) wicker baskets for things like extra scarves, tennis shoes, handbags or larger items that need an ‘out-of-the-way’ home.

Acrylic Trays

You can find these practically anywhere and they come in all shapes and sizes. I have them all over my house. In my desk drawers to keep stationery and supplies organized, in my bathroom to house loose cosmetics, and my bedside table for chargers, lip balm & sentimental knick-knacks. Basically, any drawer that might need organizing gets one of these! What I love most about acrylic trays is that you can mix and match the different sizes to create your custom drawer so that it functions the way you need it to.

I hope this post has inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to creating a functional, organized space that looks as good as it feels!








About Sydney Socias - The Working Girl

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