"Princess and the Pea."
Tip #1: Put little things in big things
In my bathroom, there are a lot of items than can run loose - bobby pins, hair bands, ponytail holders, bottles, brushes, etc. In order to contain all these items, bins are your best friend. Sort out different categories (small hair accessories, large hair accessories, beauty products, medicine, feminine hygiene, whatever) and put them into a larger container. This will save you so much room and hassle, and your space won't look so cluttered by all the little things.
And that white 9-cube shelving unit? Each of those black bins has more stuff in it. Bins are the best!
Bins on bins on bins
Even more bins
Tip #2: Stack, stack, stack
What my apartment lacks in horizontal space, it makes up for in vertical space. Those high ceilings are super great because it makes my room seem bigger than it is. And, it makes it easier to stack everything without feeling like it's towering over you. As you can see, I stacked my mattress on a box spring on a bed frame; my TV on a table on my desk; and black plastic crates on top of each other. This brings everything higher so the floor space seems bigger.
A word about those crates: this might be one of the best ideas my mom came up with. These crates were only $3.47 each at Walmart, can be interlocked one on top of another, and when you're ready to move, just grab one by the handles and pull it off. Voila! An easy way to stack and carry books in lieu of a bookcase.
Drawers under bed frame, box spring, then mattress.
TV on table on desk
Crates on crates on crates
Tip #3: Group like things
Whether it's by color, theme, or function, put things that are alike together to create consistency and cleanliness. Examples: I grouped all my lions into one section of my room, I used all black frames on my wall, and I grouped all my sorority stuff together (not pictured, can't give my affiliation away!). This helps organize the pretty things you want to display in a way that is pleasing to the eye.
Lions and light blue
All black frames tie the different pieces together
Tip #4: Get creative
Having a "Princess and the Pea" bed has proved difficult, and I've had to get creative (the reason by bed is so high is because the mattress that the apartment complex provided was crappy, so I brought in my mattress, which needed a box spring...you get the idea. What? I'm totally a princess). I stacked my TV on top of a small table in order to make it taller so I could see it while I was in bed. I put the tall lamp so I could easy access light. And I got a step stool for easy access.
Also, that white shelf in the closet was supposed to be my bedside table. When that didn't play out, my mom stuck it in the closet for more shelf space. When you get creative with your space, you can find ways to make it more functional while eliminating feeling trapped by your stuff.
Needed a good way to store bobby pins. Magnet for the win!
More shower storage space
Tip #5: Keep it clean!
The hardest part of a small room is that if you don't consistently clean it, it WILL get messy and cluttered very easily! As Mad Eye Moody would say: CONSTANT VIGILANCE. You have to always be putting things away and picking up or else it'll get out of control at the drop of a hat. This is hard for me because I am extremely messy, but I'm willing to try it.
Living in a smaller room has been a challenge because of how much stuff I have (#girlproblems). But I think I've come up with some good solutions to keeping things organized. Big thank you goes to my mom for helping me buy things, organize, and FaceTime decorate. I love you.
Ps: Here are more lovely pics of my room! I'm so proud of it!
I love my chevron bed!
My Texas wall art - Texas A&M, Fort Worth, and...my sorority ;)
One of my favorite things! This little guy makes me so happy
Wish I had more counter space...
Container Store buy. Love it.
No towel rack means over-the-door storage!