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    27 Small Bedroom Storage Ideas For Dorms, Apartments, And Tiny Homes

    We've got you covered, whether you're dealing with a cramped dorm room, a teeny-tiny apartment, or you just want room for more cool stuff.

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    1. Start by taking stock of all the crap in your room. Then, toss out the garbage, donate all the clothing you haven't worn in forever/isn't the right size (yes, it's time to get rid of that neon dress you bought for your middle school dance and haven't worn in 10 years), and make room for everything that remains.


    Be like Marie Kondo and ask yourself if your stuff sparks joy. If not, toss it!

    2. Clear clutter from your dresser with a hanging jewelry organizer. This frees up storage space for all the other stuff that needs a home in your room.

    Each dual-sided hanging organizer has 32 clear pockets and 18 hook and loop closures for holding necklaces. A hanger is not included, but this organizer has a hole at the top that will accommodate a regular-sized hanger from your closet. If all your hangers are currently occupied, we recommend picking up a pack of these velvet ones, which have almost 6,000 five-star reviews.

    Promising review: "I needed something that would save me space, but where I could still see all of my jewelry. These things are extremely durable. I bought two of them, and have probably 50 or so necklaces on one side and maybe 30 pairs of earrings on the other side. There is not a single tear in it. In the other one I keep nail polishes. It is very convenient because you can see all the colors and it does not take up that much space." β€”Nellie F.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in white).

    3. Sort your socks and underwear with a drawer organizer that will force you to toss those random socks that no longer have matches. You may be surprised by how much free space you have now thanks to simply folding your clothes.

    Each set comes with four bins with six, seven, eight, and 24 slots.

    Promising review: "Bought this for my daughter who moved in to her college dorm to help her keep the limited dresser drawer space organized. She says that it's 'great' for keeping her things organized but also helpful to see when she's running low on underwear or socks and needs to get a load of clothes done!" β€”Lori B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in four colors).

    4. Buy Command hooks in bulk, because you can literally use them for anything. When you're seemingly running out of space in your room, remember that Command strips can help you make use of all your empty wall space.,

    Promising review: "I have a small apartment, and it's a real space-saver if you have Command hooks to hang your stuff on without using any floor or table space. Also, I don't need to fill any holes from drilling into the wall with Command hooks." β€”Katrina

    Get seven hooks from Amazon for $9.31 (available in pack of one, three, six, seven, and 14).

    5. Stow unused bedding under the mattress. Not only will this make more room in your linen closet, but it also prevents dust from settling on your bed sheets.

    Check out blogger One Good Thing's guide to folding her sheets so she doesn't feel them under the mattress.

    6. Chuck your dirty clothes in an over-the-door laundry hamper instead of the oversized hamper (or IKEA bag) you've been using.


    Promising review: "I have a small bedroom so I'm always looking for ways to keep my room clean and clutter-free. This works great, I've had it over two years and no damage or problems with it. It works even better if you just don't put towels in it, then you can fit a lot more stuff. I've purchased cheaper ones with plastic pieces you insert and broke so this one has really been the one that has lasted." β€”Monika Snow

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    7. Save yourself the frustration of grabbing a hanger only to have 10 more come with it. Instead, use this sleek hanger organizer. Not only will you be saving space by ditching the clunky storage bin, but you'll also be more likely to actually hang up your clothes instead of tossing them all on your "laundry chair."

    Promising review: "We just moved from a two-bed to a one-bed and are trying to squeeze everything in. Anxiety is at a full-time high with all the clutter but this product helped us organize our closet while freeing up hanging space! No more random hangers here, there, and everywhere, tangled up and cluttering a room. It was SO simple to assemble. Took me maybe five minutes (tops)." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79 (originally $19.28, available in packs of one, two, three, four, five, and 10).

    8. Shrink bulky jackets and sweaters with vacuum-sealed bags you can slide under your bed.

    Promising review: "I LOVE this product. I've recently downsized in living arrangements until our house is finished being built so storing away my clothes is a task for me (I have way too many clothes). These bags made the process easy. I ordered 12 for fear of not enough room but there was so much room, I only ended up using five bags. It sucked the bags down so small. You will not be let down with this purchase." β€”Jayme

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $29.99 (available in six sizes)

    9. Get crafty and build storage above your bedroom door. Depending on how much space you have between the door and ceiling, you could fit anything from towels to rain boots.

    Check out blogger The 2 Seasons' before and after to learn how they created this genius above-the-door storage unit.

    10. Make your bed work double duty by adding a headboard with built-in storage. If your room is too small for nightstands, this addition will come in handy, providing space to store your favorite nighttime reads, a diffuser, a reading lamp, and even a small potted plant.

    This headboard is only for full- and queen-sized beds. We love this option for twin-sized beds.

    Promising review: "I was looking for something like this because I do not have enough space on the sides of my bed for bedside tables. This was a really good deal. Good price, fits well with our Sleep Number bed, spacious, and nice looking." β€”Great customer

    Get it from Amazon for $84.99 (originally $97.87).

    11. Maximize the space under your bed with pull-out drawers. Here's where you can store extra linens and out-of-season clothing that would otherwise take up precious room in your closet.

    Promising review: "Easy to assemble and looks great! Am very pleased with the amount of storage underneath. My son was able to get rid of his two dressers that were taking up space in his room!!! Sturdy and very stylish! Looks like we spent a fortune!" β€”Trisha

    Get them from Amazon for $399.99 (originally $449.99, available in four sizes and four colors).

    12. Or, opt for a bed that lifts up for storing all your random bits and bobs. This is especially useful for people with small rooms who push their beds against a wall and therefore can't access drawers on one side.

    Promising review: "This is a fantastic bed for a New Yorker in a small apartment. My closet is literally one foot wide so having the extra storage for out-of-season clothing, extra bedding, and luggage really saves my life. You could put those things under a normal bed in a normal bedroom, but this completely prevents having to lug out under bed bins and also not having tons of space on either side to do so." β€”Linlee

    Get it from Amazon for $460.99 (available in two sizes and two colors)

    13. Show off your Tetris-like arranging skills with a honeycomb drawer organizer that expands to fit any size drawer. Take full advantage of that awkward space between stacks of clothes in your drawers with this organizer.

    Promising review: "This is a great product for those who like things organized. I used mine for my sock drawer and it was perfect. It saved me a lot of space and it was easier to find what socks I needed." β€”Kayla

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    14. Go vertical and hang floating shelves to hold your plants (the ones you haven't killed yet), random knickknacks, books, awards, and your favorite photos. Install the triangular brackets in one of three orientations to suit your design style.

    Promising review: "It didn't even take us 30 minutes to put them together and hang. We scattered them throughout the room and now we have a lot of extra space." β€”Patrick

    Get them from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    15. Store extra sheets, towels, and clothes in a cushy ottoman that also doubles as a seat for guests β€” or that pile of laundry you swore you were going to put away last week.


    Promising review: "The color is exactly as shown and so is the material. Very well designed and made. Looks expensive! We are in a one-bedroom condo and are using it as a coffee table/storage bench. It fits beautifully in the space and really adds a touch of elegance to the apartment. Looks great with a tray on top as well! Relatively comfortable seating as well. Storage is plentiful. Highly recommend purchasing this as an entryway bench, coffee table or ottoman for storage by the bed." β€”Kaitlyn

    Get it from Wayfair for $140.70 (originally $177.99, available in seven colors).

    16. Ditch oversized drawers in favor of hanging closet organizers that will free up space in your room for storage units that are more suited for smaller spaces.

    Promising review: "Perfect for small spaces and apartment living. I use it for clothes/jeans/shorts and linens/towels. Keeps everything organized. Can hold a good amount of weight. Very sturdy." β€”Steve

    Get them from Amazon for $12.87+ (available in six colors).

    17. Use stackable hangers to prevent running out of already limited closet space.

    Promising review: "Easy to use and exactly what I was looking for! They save so much space, which is perfect since I bought them to use in my dorm wardrobe." β€”Alyssa Haig

    Get them from Amazon for $15.99+ ( available in two colors and styles)

    18. Pack seasonal clothing, blankets, and unused bags in foldable storage cubes you can stack in the closet or slide under your bed.

    Promising review: "My son has a very small room so I purchased a bed with drawers underneath but over time they broke. I needed something to put his clothes in without taking up too much space in his room. These storage bag containers are perfect for that. I will probably order more because I have a hoarding issue with fuzzy warm blankets and comforters. Another plus on these storage bags is I can place dryer sheets in them to keep them smelling like they were just washed." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    19. Build a pegboard wall to hold your shoes. This is useful for shoes that may be too bulky to fit in hanging organizers. However, this project requires a bit of elbow grease.

    Not the DIY type? These wall-mounted retractable hooks will do the job just as well.

    (Photo from the now-defunct blog The Project Addict.)

    20. Take advantage of every inch of storage space with an over-the-door hook organizer. Use it to hold your bags so you can quickly grab one before heading out the door, or hang your bras from the hooks to prevent a tangled mess in your underwear drawer.,

    Promising review: "Excellent quality, works as designed. Highly recommend for small dorm rooms. It can take a lot of weight too (e.g. wet towels.) (My daughter actually has it hanging from the top of a free-standing armoire rather than a door.)" β€”Tracy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.87.

    21. House your favorite makeup brushes and beauty products in a clear makeup organizer instead of all over your dresser or vanity. This way you'll never run around your room frantically searching for your favorite lipstick before work. Plus, the clutter-free space where your makeup once was will make your teeny-tiny room feel bigger.

    Promising review: "I don't have a ton of makeup but I needed to get rid of the clutter on my bathroom countertops. I LOVE this! It is sturdy and fits so many things! I have so much extra space to grow and it looks nice on my countertop!" β€”Sadhana Subramanian

    Get it from Amazon for $12.90 (available in two sizes)

    22. Hang your most-used flats, sneakers, sandals, and heels in an over-the-door shoe organizer. As long as there are open slots, you can carry on with your shoe-shopping bad habit.,

    Promising review: "This was so helpful! I originally purchased one and then purchased two more because it saved me so much space. I hung one of them behind the bedroom door and its perfect for baby swaddles/blankets. I also hung one in my husband's closet and I have more baby items stored (lotions, wipes, diapers, and other baby items so it is easy to find) and one in my closet to have swim sets organized and easy to spot (since it is summer) instead of taking up drawer space! Great quality and holds up really well." β€”Alex

    Get it from Amazon for $7.97 (available in three colors).

    23. Utilize your wall space from top to bottom and side to side with a floating corner shelf.,

    Promising review: "Used this in a very small room with limited space. These shelves were amazing for this purpose! Easy installation and very sturdy." β€”Whitney Furlough

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in five colors).

    24. Choose a slim bookshelf option that won't take up a lot of space while still giving you somewhere to put your stuff β€” like this five-tier corner shelf.,

    Promising review: "Sturdy, easy to assemble, and no tools required. It does its job and doesn’t take up a lot of space, so it’s not a huge commitment and adds extra storage to a small space. I gifted this to my sister and she stores pocket books on it behind her bedroom door." β€”Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $23.51 (originally $25.82, available in nine colors and four styles)

    25. Double your closet space with a compact shoe organizer. This calls for celebration β€” and a new pair of shoes!


    Promising review: "I really like these shoe holders. I am able to stack my shoes on them in the closet shelves so my shoes are visible yet take up much less room." β€”JC

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95 (available in three sizes)

    26. Keep your stationery neat and tidy with a mesh desk organizer β€” or use it to store odds and ends that don't quite fit in anywhere else.,

    Promising review: "Keeps everything neat and separated. It's very cute, convenient, and not at all clunky, which is a bonus when you have limited space." β€”Colin Harper

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. Invest in a closet organizer system you can customize to your specific needs.

    All the hardware for mounting this organizer comes included, though you may want to enlist a friend whose handy with these sorts of things if you're not. Each kit includes seven 26-inch shelves, two 48-inch shelves, two 48-inch top rails, 19 brackets, five 47.5-inch uprights, two 25-inch upright extensions, and two hanging rods for you to set up however you'd like.

    Promising review: "I have a small room in an apartment that I share with others that doesn't have a built-in closet and limited floor space, especially with the weird architecture. To maximize my space, I removed my armoire and replaced it with the Rubbermaid closet system and voilΓ  β€” instant floor space since the Rubbermaid kit is dynamically taller and provides me extra floor space under the unit for storage. My tiny room feels huge." β€”V G

    Get it from Amazon for $133.78 (originally $219.99, available in two colors, two sizes, and three styles)

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