Get the most out of your home’s nooks and crannies

Bobbie Friedman takes advantage of vertical space in a closet. (Photos by Paul Kuehnel)

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Think about all that lurks in your linen closet.

Towels. Your makeup. Your husband’s cologne. The kids’ bubble bath. Extra soap, shampoo and toothpaste. The jumbo pack of toilet paper.

It’s a miracle you can even find your deodorant.

Organizing tiny spaces can be a challenge — especially when you have to share the square footage.

“When organizing a small area, remember to use vertical space to your advantage,” said professional organizer Bobbie Friedman, owner of Simplified by Bobbie.

Bobbie Friedman organizes a closet in her Penn Township home.

“The addition of shelves, a wall cabinet or even wall hooks can double your space.”

Friedman also recommends looking around your home and finding pieces that will serve more than one purpose.

“Think outside the box and get creative with storage solutions,” Friedman said. “When choosing furniture, select pieces that can do double duty (like) an ottoman that has storage inside but can also serve as a coffee table.”

Other tips for making the most of small spaces include:

Repurpose ice cube trays. Purchase ice cube trays at the dollar store to organize drawers and store hair accessories, jewelry or baby socks.

Hang scarves for easy access. Attach a few shower curtain rings to a coat hanger and thread one scarf through each ring.

Make use of your doors. Over-the-door shoe organizers can be used to store shampoos, lotion and children’s bath toys. They can also be used in coat closets to organize cold-weather accessories.

Think outside the box. A small shelf made for storing CDs can be turned on its side and used as a bathroom caddy for perfumes and hairbrushes.

Find the perfect hiding place. A shoebox wrapped in attractive scrapbook paper can become a spot for stashing feminine hygiene products in the bathroom.

But don’t hide everything. Reuse clean jelly or mason jars to display cotton balls or other necessities on your bathroom countertop.

Simplify a small space

    1. Pare down possessions. Think seasonally, and ask yourself: What’s Important Now (WIN)?

    2. Use vertical space. Add a shelf to the top of the closet, use hooks up the sides and use the entire door space to maximize storage.

    3. Use labels. Everyone in your home will know where to find and replace items.

    4. Use containers. Group smaller like-items together in labeled containers or drawers for quick and easy access.

    5. Get creative. Think outside of the box when it comes to organizing solutions and repurpose items you already own to make them meet your needs.

— Source: Bobbie Friedman,

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