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Six Home Organization Ideas for Small Spaces

Here are some great ideas for how to do it

One year ago, I spent most of my time working at the CNET Smart Home, a huge house outside Louisville, Kentucky, the inside of which is immaculately designed and beautifully spacious. And the dozens of windows (I know; I installed the smart shades) help it feel airier than even the huge footprint would imply.

But then COVID-19 hit, and my wife and I, with our two young children, decided to move in with my parents, in part to pay off debt, and in part to save money for buying our own house. We moved out of the first house we'd lived in as a family (before that, it'd been a series of apartments ranging from 600 to 720 square feet) and traveled to stay with my parents, where we would claim half of the second floor, including a bathroom, two bedrooms and a loft. We installed our own makeshift kitchenette and reacclimated to a space under 1,000 square feet.

Over the years, we've had to learn the hard way how to live in small spaces while controlling the spillover of toys (our children's) and books (ours) that inevitably occurs. We've donated or sold a lot of our possessions (trimming down to two bookcases was not easy), but more importantly, we learned how to organize for the space. And the core tenet by which we now organize is this: everything that can must serve a dual purpose, usually as storage.

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