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Big Ideas for Small Spaces

Even in homes with ample storage it can seem like there’s nowhere to put anything. We’re here to remind you that it’s not always about the amount of space, but how you use it. 


Even in homes with ample storage it can seem like there’s nowhere to put anything. We’re here to remind you that it’s not always about the amount of space, but how you use it.


1. Categorize, categorize, categorize! It may seem obvious but spices should go by spices and cereals should go by cereals. After that, separate frequently-used items and put them in easy-to-access areas. The hard part is sticking to the plan. A quick reorganization will keep your pantry working with you, not against you.

2. Raised bleacher platforms are a unique way to make pantries more efficient. But, if you don’t feel like pulling the trigger, try organizing based on height to fully utilize the depth of your pantry shelving.

3. Bins and baskets are another way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your pantry. Especially if you have higher shelving. Taking down a small basket is a million times easier than blindly reaching for one single thing.


1. This might be hard to hear, but the best way to turn your closet into something manageable is to trim down your wardrobe. Definitely a tough step for sentimentalists and pack rats, but by donating your unneeded belongings to a charity you’ll not only be doing yourself a favor, you’ll be helping out a good cause.

2. Everybody does things differently. Designating individual areas for you and your significant other helps to avoid any “No, the socks go here!” arguments.

3. Stack where you can, preferably in bins. Whether it’s shoes, hats, or t-shirts, make use of vertical space where you can. It’ll free up a lot of room for clothing that can’t be folded or put in bins.


1. Use mats, trust us. There’s a reason they’re called mudrooms. Rubber or plastic mats can get clean just as fast as they’ll get dirty. Just take them into the garage and hose them off!

2. Allow younger kids to take care of a cubby or closet. It will help instill good organizational
habits that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. You’ll be grateful when they’re
teenagers who aren’t constantly losing their homework.

3. Wall hooks are a perfect way to hang bulky items like coats and scarves. This will keep them
off the ground, without taking up space in closets and cubbies.

Always remember that closets, mud rooms, cabinets, and pantries are meant for you. And
these tips are only designed to make your life easier. If something isn’t working, switch it up
and try something new. Being intelligent and efficient with your small spaces isn’t a science.

To check out Bielinski pantries, closets, and mudrooms visit our model homes in person or right here.

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