Friday, January 8, 2010

Making a Small Space Functional

I'm actually really excited about downsizing and moving into a smaller space. We have so much stuff and the past year or so I've been all about getting rid of the unnecessary things in life. If you are curious, we are moving from 2000 sq ft to just under 800.

Anyway, the more I get excited about downsizing, the more I'm drawn to looking for the perfect organizational items. Here are some pretty little things that I'm coveting so far for the new place...

How great are these Acrylic shelves? They are on my must have list:



These acrylic storage boxes have so many uses.. I think I will get some for my teenie tiny desk:


Letter boxes are a must:



These canvas bins are so simple and functional:




These are great for bathroom storage, just pull them out when needed:

These hooks are so inexpensive! Four for $5:

This hook is so freaking pretty... I want one for the bathroom, or maybe the bedroom!


If you ever need organization inspiration, check out Laura Cattano's Flickr account. I blogged about her before, she is crazy good. And if you live in the NYC area, she's for hire!

24 comments:

  1. I love those acrylic options. And those IKEA hooks are a great option. I have them and they are really well made.

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  2. Love those shelves- might have to get those. Thanks for sharing! We just downsized from 4000 sq feet to 1200 and love it!

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  3. In the past two years, I've moved from 1100 sf to 850 and now to 530 (!!!) and it's been great...got rid of so many things I didn't NEED to have around

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  4. city living makes you get SO creative with how to use space - I never knew how little one could get by with until I consolidated apartments with my husband. 1/2 the closet space was scary at first, but we are loving it now!

    great post!

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  5. That stripe hook is adorable! As you know D and I are making a major downsize too, the OC aint cheap darling - but we gotta live somewhere I say!

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  6. Being the neat freak that I am, I LOVE storage ideas and suggestions. Thanks for sharing. I've already added those clear shelves to my shopping list!

    jen

    www.slumberdesigns.com

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  7. I LOVE the anthropologie striped hook! I hold it every time I go to the store, but sadly I just have no place for it. Please use it, so I can live vicariously through you and your pictures!

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  8. I love love acrylic boxes and storage solutions, the look so clean and neat! Good luck with the downsizing, I love bog places but living in a small place (like myself) is so much easier and "cosy".
    I love your blog!!

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  9. The hook would be lovely near a closet to hang the next day's outfit in the evening!

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  10. That's a girl after my own organizational, acrylic lovin heart...XXOO

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  11. I have several acrylic items for storage and they have been with me since I was a teen. They are easy to keep clear and to see what is needed all within reach.
    pve

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  12. Love the little brushed nickel hooks from Ikea! I've been needing some kind of hook to hang hand towels on in our new Master bath and these are just perfect! Thanks for the idea :)

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  13. some really awesome suggestions indeed! making small spaces more functional is KEY for small spaces! we just moved to austin, tx from san francisco so i don't know WHAT to do with all the space in our new HUGE (on san francisco standards) home...but i'm filling it up nicely :)

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  14. Don't forget we have IKEA here as well to help with storage for small spaces. :)

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  15. great picks. thanks again for the shout out :O)

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  16. I have those hooks, three by my door. They are amazing. And I'm from the city and have made 750 sq ft work for two. It is possible! And who knew you didn't need a microwave? Made us cook so much healthier!

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  17. I just found your blog and I love it. Looking forward to any tips -- especially storage tips -- you may have on living in a smaller house. I'm house shopping now and want a small place so it'll be wonderful reading about your storage ideas.

    Monique

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  18. I just found your blog and I love it. Looking forward to any tips -- especially storage tips -- you may have on living in a smaller house. I'm house shopping now and want a small place so it'll be wonderful reading about your storage ideas.

    Monique

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  19. some really awesome suggestions indeed! making small spaces more functional is KEY for small spaces! we just moved to austin, tx from san francisco so i don't know WHAT to do with all the space in our new HUGE (on san francisco standards) home...but i'm filling it up nicely :)

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  20. That's a girl after my own organizational, acrylic lovin heart...XXOO

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  21. I love love acrylic boxes and storage solutions, the look so clean and neat! Good luck with the downsizing, I love bog places but living in a small place (like myself) is so much easier and "cosy".
    I love your blog!!

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  22. In the past two years, I've moved from 1100 sf to 850 and now to 530 (!!!) and it's been great...got rid of so many things I didn't NEED to have around

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