Tucked Away – Hidden Storage for Tiny Homes
Jun 19

Tucked Away – Hidden Storage for Tiny Homes

Tiny Homes, Big Challenges

I’ll never forget the day I moved into my first tiny home – all 150 square feet of it. I remember standing in the middle of the room, looking around, and wondering, “Where on earth am I going to put all my stuff?” It was a daunting task, to say the least.

You see, I used to be a self-proclaimed “cluttered mess.” Years ago, I created a complete system to clean out and organize my entire home, and now I teach that system to other folks just like you – the ones searching for a home they love to be in, even if it’s on the smaller side. And trust me, I’ve learned a thing or two about making the most of limited space.

When it comes to tiny home living, storage is arguably the biggest challenge. After all, how do you fit all your belongings into what feels like a glorified closet? Well, my friend, that’s where the magic happens. With a little creativity and some strategic planning, you can transform even the tiniest of spaces into a veritable treasure trove of hidden storage.

Beneath the Bed

Let’s start with the most obvious hiding spot: under the bed. Now, I know what you’re thinking – “Um, Tracy Lynn, I’m pretty sure everyone knows about storing stuff under the bed.” But hear me out, because there’s a right way and a wrong way to utilize this prime real estate.

Too often, we just toss random items willy-nilly under the bed, creating a disorganized mess that’s a nightmare to sort through. Instead, I recommend investing in some sturdy, durable storage totes. These can be plastic, cloth, or even on wheels for easy access. Use them to stash away seasonal clothes, extra linens, or even that stash of childhood treasures you just can’t part with (no judgment here!).

As I mentioned on Declutter in Minutes, the key is to use the space under your bed for things you don’t need immediate access to. That way, you can free up valuable closet space for the essentials. And speaking of closets…

Vertical Victory

When you’re dealing with a tiny home, the name of the game is going vertical. I’m talking wall-mounted shelves, floating shelves, even DIY pipe shelving units. These ingenious storage solutions allow you to maximize every square inch of your limited space.

As Ryan from The Tiny Life shared, it’s all about finding the right balance between open and closed storage. Open shelving is great for displaying your favorite decor items or keeping everyday essentials within easy reach. But when it comes to those inevitable piles of clutter, a set of cabinet doors can be a lifesaver, literally tucking away the chaos.

I remember when my husband and I first moved into our tiny apartment, we had to get super creative with our storage. One of my favorite hacks was to stack a couple of plastic totes, cover them with a tablecloth, and voila – an end table with hidden storage! As Ryan from Business Insider explained, even the most irregular patterns of clutter can cause subconscious stress in a tiny home. Hiding it away behind closed doors or tablecloths can do wonders for your peace of mind.

Bed of Secrets

But wait, there’s more! Did you know that you can actually buy beds with built-in storage? I’m talking lift-up mattresses that reveal entire closets underneath. Talk about a game-changer for tiny home dwellers.

Now, I know what you’re thinking – “A bed with drawers? That’s gotta be pricey.” And you’re not wrong. These storage-savvy bed frames can definitely be an investment. But when you’re dealing with limited square footage, I’d argue it’s a worthwhile one. After all, being able to ditch that bulky dresser in favor of a bed that doubles as a closet? That’s the kind of small-space magic that dreams are made of.

Mighty Micro-Organizers

Of course, hidden storage isn’t just about the big-ticket items. Sometimes, it’s all about those little organizational heroes that make a world of difference. Take, for example, the humble bedside caddy. As I shared on Declutter in Minutes, these handy little guys can be a lifesaver for keeping your nightstand clear of clutter. Stash your tissues, lip balm, and even your water bottle within easy reach, without sacrificing precious surface space.

And let’s not forget about the power of hooks – whether it’s on the side of your dresser or inside your closet door. These simple, inexpensive storage solutions are perfect for hanging everything from purses and belts to scarves and jewelry. No more tangled necklaces or lost earrings!

The Art of Tiny Home Storage

At the end of the day, mastering storage in a tiny home is all about thinking outside the box. It’s about getting creative, experimenting, and finding those unexpected nooks and crannies that can transform into hidden havens for your belongings.

And you know what? It can actually be kind of fun. I remember when my kids were little, they used to love hiding their prized possessions in their bedrooms, convinced that no one would ever find them. As I shared on Declutter in Minutes, there’s a certain childlike wonder in discovering those secret storage spots.

So, my fellow tiny home dwellers, embrace your inner explorer. Peek under the bed, scale the walls, and maybe even invest in a lift-up mattress. Because when it comes to making the most of your limited space, the possibilities are endless. And who knows, you might just stumble upon a few hidden treasures along the way.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got some organizing to do. After all, Sofa Spectacular is waiting for me to work my magic on their website. There’s no rest for the dedicated declutterer!

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