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How to Organize a Small Room With Too Much Stuff on a Budget

One of my favorite things to do is organize a room. I love looking at spaces that are cluttered and messy and seeing them transformed into something beautiful. But organizing a small room can be especially challenging! Especially if you’re working with limited space and resources. This is because most of us prefer to buy new furniture or organize our rooms by getting rid of clutter instead of replacing it—but what if we could do both? In this guide, I’ll show you how to take your smallest space and make it look like an oasis:

Purge ruthlessly.

The first step in organizing your small space is to purge ruthlessly. You need to be ruthless in getting rid of all the stuff you don’t want or need because unless you do that, you won’t have room for the stuff that’s important.

While it may seem overwhelming at first, purging isn’t as hard as it sounds. Here are some tips for getting started:

  • Start with one shelf at a time and make sure everything is organized by type (books on one shelf, shoes in their boxes, or bags on another shelf). Then go through each item individually, asking yourself, “Does this thing bring me joy?” If not, why am I keeping it around? If so, is there a more appropriate home for it? Does it belong to other items like it? Once you’ve made your decision about what stays and what goes, put the items back where they belong immediately!
  • Getting rid of clutter will always feel good! There’s nothing quite like having less stuff weighing down on us day after day—and we all deserve a little breathing room in our lives!

Buy as few storage bins as possible.

If you’re going to invest in storage, buy a few baskets and use them as storage. Most closets have plenty of space to fit a basket or two on their shelves, which means you can avoid spending money on bins that will only be used for a couple of months at most.

Bin: seasonal items like hats and gloves

If you do need to buy bins for your small room, consider buying ones with lids so that they don’t take up too much space when not in use. Bins are easy to stack, store, and move around—so if one bin isn’t working out for whatever reason (maybe it’s too large or doesn’t fit well into the closet), just slide another one over top!

Buy multipurpose furniture.

To keep your small room clutter free, it’s important to buy multipurpose furniture. This will allow you to maximize your storage space by using the same piece of furniture in multiple ways. For example, a desk can function as both a workstation and an extra bedside table—or even a dining table, if you’re willing to put some thought into how you arrange it.

When looking for multipurpose furniture, look for pieces that are sturdy and well-made but also inexpensive enough that they won’t break the bank if they need replacing later on. Also, opt for neutral colors like black or white; this will allow them to blend into any home decor style without being too distracting. Avoid buying anything with lots of fancy hardware or ornate details; these features aren’t necessary for their functionality and only add unnecessary visual clutter!

Divide up the room with curtains or a screen.

If you have a small room with too much stuff in it and you don’t have the budget to buy new furniture or make any other changes, try using curtains or a screen to divide up the space.

You can use curtain rods and hooks to hang your curtains as a divider. If you need privacy in your room, hang a curtain on each side of your bed so that it doesn’t take up too much room in the middle of the night. You can also add hooks so that they can be hung up when not in use. If you want more privacy without buying anything new or making major changes to your home, try using an inexpensive fabric screen instead!

Think vertically for more storage.

  • Think vertically for more storage.

There are a lot of hidden nooks and crannies in your small room that you can use to store things out of sight, but not out of mind.

  • Use the space above a door: Hanging shelves from the top of your closet door is an easy way to create extra storage without sacrificing any space that you’re already using. It’s even easier if your closet doors have built-in track lighting for added illumination!
  • Use the space under a bed: If there is no space at all underneath your bed, then add some by purchasing shelving units or support brackets designed specifically for this purpose. This option could also be helpful if you have bunk beds because it allows each child their own side table or nightstand without taking up too much room overall (and they’ll love having their own designated spot).
  • Think about using storage carts: If there are several items littering up on both sides of any given wall (or even just one), consider placing rolling carts outside where they won’t be seen until needed again—like at Christmas time!

Make the most of door storage.

  • Hooks — You can use hooks to hang things on the inside of your door, like towels or clothes.
  • Plastic shoe rack — If you want to store shoes in a small space, try using a plastic shoe rack.
  • Folding organizer — A folding organizer is a great way to store clothes in a small closet because they take up less space than hangers and they’re easy to fold up when not in use.
  • Pegboard — Use pegboard for tools that are hanging out in your garage or basement. This will keep them organized, but also accessible when needed!

Make the most of awkward spaces like corners and under the bed.

  • Use a corner shelf to store items that you don’t have room for elsewhere.
  • Use a small piece of furniture like a nightstand or stool to store items.
  • Use a small piece of furniture like a chair, ottoman, or table to store items. The sturdier the piece is, the better it will serve its purpose.

Use rolling carts to move things out of sight when they’re not needed.

Another solution to your problem is using rolling carts. You can buy a cart that you can use to store items out of sight when they’re not needed. It’s possible to find these carts on Amazon for as low as $14, though you may have to pay more if you want something heavy-duty or with more features.

If you don’t want to spend money on a new piece of furniture, consider repurposing other pieces in your home into storage units—such as an old desk or cabinet that’s no longer being used but still has some life left in it! Just make sure whatever it is won’t fall apart under the weight of anything heavy or breakable before putting things away in there.

Get creative with storage options like those above the door, on top of the closet, and inside drawers.

  • Find creative ways to store items.

There are a lot of small spaces that can be used as storage areas in your room, even if it doesn’t have a closet or dresser:

  • Above the door: Hang clothes on hooks or use command strips to hang scarves, belts, and hats. You can also hang shoe racks from the top of your door.
  • Top of the closet (if you have one): If you have an empty space on top of your closet door, hang bags and purses on hangers and put shoes inside baskets or bins so they’re hidden from view but easy to reach when you need them.
  • Inside drawers: Use unused drawer space for storing items like socks, underwear, and bras so they don’t take up valuable floor space in drawers below them.

You can organize any room on a budget if you purge items and make the most of your space.

This hack is great if you don’t have a lot of money to spend, but it’ll work even if your budget is bigger than the national debt of Hungary. It’s all about using space efficiently and making the best use of what you have on hand.

Here are some tips for organizing a small room with too much stuff on a budget:

  • Purge before you organize! You can’t control the clutter in your life if you don’t know where it’s coming from. This means purging everything—even items that seem to be going unused or aren’t particularly valuable—so that they’re not cluttering up your surroundings and distracting from other things as well (like making it hard to find things).
  • Make the most out of every inch! The easiest way to do this is by looking at each item in the room with fresh eyes and seeing whether there could be another way for them to be stored, used, or displayed so that they take up less space than before. For example, instead of having piles everywhere just because there isn’t enough room for anything else, try putting everything into bins labeled by category (bookshelf) or purpose (office supplies). If there isn’t enough surface area available on tables, desks, and corners usually reserved for various items, then consider using multipurpose furniture such as low bookshelves made especially for storing books vertically rather than horizontally; baskets hung from ceiling hooks over chairs instead of being placed directly underneath them; etcetera!


Don’t let a small budget keep you from organizing your small room. If you purge ruthlessly, buy as few storage bins as possible, and make the most of your space by thinking vertically and creatively about how to use your doors, corners, and drawers, then you’ll be able to get everything in order on a budget!

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