If you’re a small-space dweller, you’ve likely struggled finding enough storage for your stuff at one point or another. But don’t despair – there’s still plenty of hope for a clutter-free lifestyle in your compact house or apartment. By using our ideas below, you can create practical – and Pinterest-worthy – storage solutions in even the tiniest of living quarters.

Do a stocktake
Before you start buying ugly plastic trays or stuffing boxes on top of each other in every nook and crannie, think about how much stuff you actually need in the first place. Be brutal. Donate what you no longer need to op shops or pass on to friends willing to take things. Once you’ve done this you will be able to determine how much storage is required. The next step is to work out how often you’re using things. What are you using every day? What gets pulled out once a year? Think about what needs to go in an easy-to-reach spot and what can be tucked away and use this as a starting point for a new, organised home.

Things in high places
Making full use of your walls is a great way to increase your storage capacity in a small space. Open shelving creates more precious storage space while at the same time allowing you to show off your most treasured possessions. In the kitchen, you can free-up cupboards under your benchtops by hanging your pots and pans, creating a professional and polished look in the process. Even placing wall hooks in a narrow hallway for coats, keys and other odds and ends can put vertical space to good use. And a wall-mounted desk, as opposed to a traditional freestanding option, is a simple way to add a little bit more room to an area.

Make your furniture multi-task
If you’re going out and buying new furniture look beyond the design elements and consider how different pieces can also act as storage. If you’re buying a new bed, think about a bed with built-in drawers underneath the mattress or a headboard with built-in shelves. A coffee table with shelving underneath can house magazines and books. Invest in an ottoman that you can place at the end of your bed to store items that otherwise might not have a permanent home. And what about a bench seat with built-in storage for your kitchen, instead of traditional table and chairs? Once you start looking, you’ll be amazed at the options out there.

Use your doors
Just as wall space is often underutilised, the same can be said for the back of your doors. For example, wire baskets can be hung from the back of your pantry door and used as a spice rack or a spot to keep regularly used food preparation items such as Glad Wrap. In the bedroom, your wardrobe or main room door can double as a shoe rack while doors of the bathroom variety can be used to house towels and toiletries. You can also install plastic caddies inside your kitchen cupboards to hold items such as plastic bags or even sticky tape and wrapping paper. Whichever option you go for, just make sure you have enough clearance inside the door so you can actually close it.