Whether you are downsizing or want to make sure the space in your current tiny home is maximized, Kattie Geddes has some ideas for you!
Invest in double-duty items
To maximize space, invest in items that can perform multiple tasks. For example, look for coffee machines that can also make espresso, or cooking pots that sauté, boil, and steam – as well as being able to go in the oven.
Every square inch of your kitchen is precious real estate, so multi-tasking appliances really are your best friends here.
Look beyond your cabinets for storage
Cabinets are a great place to store items – but they’re not the only option. Look up – the ceiling also offers a surprisingly large storage space. Try store pans on a ceiling rack over the stove! Not only does it look super cool, but it also saves you a load of space.
Group items before you organize
When it comes to organizing your kitchen cupboards to optimize your space, make sure you remove all items from your cupboard and group them together before you start organizing. This means you can naturally pare down on any items that you don’t often use.
Give every place a home
If something is left lying around, make sure you put it away. If you find an item that’s not meant for the room it’s located in, then put it in a basket at the bottom of the stairs, which you can take with you the next time you head up there. This only takes a minute of your time, but will save you an hour later on in the day!
Decide which appliances are essential
With limited space, some items are considered essential, whereas others are less necessary. It’s all down to your personal preferences and habits – a toaster may be essential, but if you drink coffee, then a coffee maker is essential. Unless used often, appliances like ice cream makers, popcorn machines, mixers and toaster ovens are less essential.
Here are some other tips for maximizing space in key rooms of your home.
To optimize the space in your small dining room, the best advice I can give is to take advantage of the corners, and where possible, install banquet bench seating. Pair with a round tulip table and a scattering of low-arm and low-back chairs for the perfect combo.
Style the benches with some pillows to make your room look extra cozy. When buying furniture, make sure you check the size and scale of each piece in relation to the room. Choose slim silhouettes, as they will make your space feel bigger.
Bed risers are your savior in a tiny home! It may not be feng-shui approved, but they mean you’ll have a ton of storage under your bed. Buy clear bins that you can label, so you can easily access all of your stuff.
I love to flank the edge of the bed with a vintage trunk, as it stores your clothing in the off-season, and gives you a space to display décor and books, or be used as extra seating. Have a clear out of your closets, drawers and cabinets every season, and set up an “in and out policy”. Only buy things you need, not want. And if you really do want it, then pick an item at home to donate. You can sell any unwanted items on Facebook Marketplace for extra cash!
The bathroom is usually the smallest space in your home, so optimizing what you have can be tricky! It can easily get cluttered and messy, so my first tip is to get a medicine cabinet.
You also shouldn’t forget your door, as it’s the most underused spot in the bathroom. Replace the robe hook with an over-the-door rack to double your storage space – perfect for linens.
If you have an attic in your tiny home, you likely have a pitched roof to contend with, as well as the perimeter space being underutilized. Purchase bins of all sizes, so you can stack your large and small bins on top of each other, to make sure all of your precious space is used.
Make sure you install plenty of utility hooks in the rafters too, for hanging décor, bags and wardrobe closets.
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Katie Geddes is the owner and lead designer of Katie Geddes Interiors, located in the downtown area of Milford, CT.
After graduating from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI she worked alongside a fellow interior designer in Portland, ME where her horizons opened and her passion for interiors flourished. All of her design creations artfully layer mixed styles, functionality and effective solutions, stemming from her love of design and organization – which she calls the power couple.