Bedroom Reveal & Small Space Organization Tips

I cannot believe it’s already been two years since I moved into this apartment and that in a few short weeks, I’ll be moving out. I also cannot believe I haven’t shared a look inside my bedroom until now! Nutty. Although my bedroom space is small, the tall ceilings and white walls made it feel much more spacious than it really was.

Prior to living in this apartment, I was living at home with my parents and didn’t own any additional furniture that I would be bringing with me. The bad news? Having to purchase everything I would need for my bedroom. The good news? I had a clean slate for decorating and Pinterest at my fingertips.

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wayfair langley street mid century modern dresser
fresh flowers
mid century modern bedroom decor
cozy white bed
white pom pom pillows
tory burch satchel
simple mid century modern bedroom decor
simple all white bedroom
jcrew floral earrings
leopard flats
small closet space
wayfair white mid century modern dresser
ikea shelving
bedroom details
acrylic earring organizer

When I was figuring out how I wanted my space to look and feel, I knew I wanted a few mid-century modern pieces but overall, wanted to keep the space pretty simple knowing that I would only be there for a year or two. With removable wallpaper becoming increasingly popular and a blank canvas (white walls and all) in front of me, I figured adding this monstera leaf wallpaper would give the space the pop of color it needed. From there, I opted for white furniture thanks to the flexibility with it, switched out the hardware on my dresser, and added some gold elements throughout the space.

Looking back at the space, I do wish I added more to the walls, but it was overall the perfect space for me to grow over the last two years. A majority of the things I purchased for the space will be coming with us to our new apartment (and are already packed up!), which I’m happy about.

Have a small space? Here are some of my tips for keeping it organized. 

Small Space Organization Tips

Be Thoughtful About Your Purchases

When I first moved into this apartment, I had the same shopping habits that I had when I was living at my parent’s house. The difference? I had a much smaller space for storing all of the new clothing, shoes, and accessories I was purchasing. On the verge of bursting out of my four (very small) walls, I realized the only way I was going to be able to comfortably live in my new space without constant frustration was to 1. purge anything and everything that didn’t fit or didn’t wear and 2. be more thoughtful with my purchases moving forward.

Quality over quantity.

Organize Wisely

After purging your belongings, it’s easier to keep things organized but let’s face it: it’s not going to stay this way for long. You’re going to want to purchase a new pair of shoes, or a few pair of earrings, or even replace old jackets. It happens to us all. But when it comes to living in a small space, the way you organize these items is going to make a world of difference. Utilize storage bins (I use these ones under my bed!), purchase a shoe rack or two, and use space-saving clothing hangers.

Everything Should Have Two Purposes

Okay, maybe not everything, but a lot of things! My ottoman (similar) is not only a place to sit and do work, put shoes on, etc., but it was also a place to lay out clothes for the next day. My dresser was a little bit higher so it was multi-functional as a stand-up desk (lol). My Ikea shelving was a great place to store books, showcase my favorite coffee table books, store shoes, and keep my candles, laptop, and other odds and ends when I wasn’t using them. Having items like these that served two purposes not only save space in my room but helped me decide which pieces I need, and which ones I just wanted.

Be Ruthless

Whether you’ve been living in small spaces for years or are downsizing for the first time, the key to small space organization (as we’ve pretty much already gotten the hint about) is to be thoughtful with the items you have in your space. If you have a lot of shit like I do, be ruthless when it comes to deciding what to keep, toss and donate. You don’t have extra space to keep the shit you might use.

Do you live in a small space? How do you stay organized?


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Langley Street Parocela 3 Drawer Dresser in White / CB2 Hex Brushed Brass Knob / Liberty Square Bar Pull in Champagne Bronze / Soyee Acrylic Earring Holder / Project 62 Round Decorative Brass Wall Mirror / Threshold White Tripod Floor Lamp (Similar) / Wallflora Removable Wallpaper in Baby Blue Monstera / Project 62 Tufted Velvet Ottoman in Pink (Similar) / Project 62 Over-The-Door Mirror in Brass / Room Essentials Stackable Shoe Rack / Project 62 Baskets (Similar) / Ikea Vittsjö Shelf Unit in White / Project 62 Cactus Wall Prints / Project 62  Micro Texture Comforter Set in White / Project 62 Tencel Jersey Blend Solid Sheet Set in White / DKNY Pom Pom Square Pillows / Project 62 Raised Marker 16” Clock / Threshold Kenya Fleece Accent Rug

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  1. 8.14.19
    Jessica Camerata said:

    Love the wallpaper! Such a pretty space. Also loving that white dresser, it really is such a great piece, love how tall it is!

    xo Jessica
    My Style Vita

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Jessica! It’s one of my favorite parts of the space and it was SO easy to install.

  2. 8.14.19

    Oh my goodness, this is absolutely adorable! I love the blue and white color scheme, that’s one of my favorite color schemes for a bedroom. This wallpaper I feel like really ties it all together!

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Blue and white is so calming! It’s the best color combo ever!

  3. 8.14.19
    Caroline said:

    Loving that wallpaper!

    Caroline
    https://carolineolesky.com/

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Caroline!

  4. 8.14.19
    rebecca said:

    oh my gosh i am totally dying over this wall paper! i want to do this in our bedroom but it just keeps being pushed to the bottom of our to-do list! love the inspo.

    xx rebecca

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Isn’t it gorgeous!? I’m obsessed and it was SO easy to install.

  5. 8.14.19
    Lydia said:

    I’m terrible at downsizing my closet, and it’s really gotten out of hand. I love your space, that wallpaper really adds such a gorgeous splash of color and pattern!
    Chic on the Cheap

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Downsizing your clothing is always the hardest!

  6. 8.14.19
    Mariah said:

    Yes! Your small space living completely inspired mine!

    http://moosmusing.com

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      OMG You’re the best!!

  7. 8.14.19
    Cathy said:

    I love how you organized your room, it looks amazing! These are great tips!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Cathy!

  8. 8.14.19
    Stephanie said:

    I’m pretty grateful for the space my husband and I have in our three-room townhome, but we still have to manage our space wisely, especially since two out of the three rooms are used as offices. I love your room and the wallpaper wall! I can’t wait to see what you’ll do with your new home!

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      There’s no such thing as enough space 😉 I love that you guys have separate office spaces, makes for a much more productive day!

  9. 8.15.19

    The room looks so nice, I love the way you decorated it!
    Xoxo
    Sarah Lindner
    http://www.TheHouseOfSequins.com

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Sarah!

  10. 8.15.19
    Greta said:

    Oh my gosh I love this space! I especially like the wallpaper and all the great storage options.

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Greta!! I am hooked on the removable wallpaper and so bummed to take this print down!

  11. 8.16.19
    Anna English said:

    I love the wallpaper you used for your statement wall! It’s such a pretty print.

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Thanks Anna!

  12. 8.16.19
    Morgan said:

    You have such an eye for design!! I love this space!! It’s all so organized which makes my type A heart so happy!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • 8.16.19
      Rachel said:

      Ugh THE BEST COMPLIMENT EVER!!! I literally cannot stand things piled up everywhere!

  13. 8.19.19
    Jessica said:

    That wallpaper is so darling! Really adds a beautiful feminine touch!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com