For a small home, my cottage has pretty decent storage space, I think. This being said, when you have less space, you learn how to pare certain items down, and that is where it can get tricky.
For example, you may not know this about me,(or maybe you do) but I have a rather out of control obsession for table top items. Flatware, dishes, serving pieces, salt and peppers. I can't seem to resist.
That means I have to curb my stock of other household items, because there just isn't enough room to be all out of control in every area of homekeeping. My personal space-in-the-closet-saving secret is in the linen department. (Well, okay, not entirely because I do have to admit to a few seasonal duvet and pillow sham sets, as well as seasonal euro pillow shams for my sofa, but I keep that overstock in the big trunk that I use for an end table in my living room.)
Where was I? Oh yes, saving some space and making things look cozy. What I do is:
1. I buy only white sheets and towels. (Years ago, it was Robin's egg blue). This way they always match.
2. I do not have overstock beyond one extra set of sheets. (one flannel set for cold weather, one fluffy white cotton set for warm weather times) and just a few fluffy white towels in my overstock stash.
When you stick with two sets of sheets for your bedding, you're ahead of the game. Each Sunday I wash my sheets. They come off the bed, into the washer and dryer, and then right back on the bed.
When you stick with one color towel for your entire home, you can grab extra towels for a guest, and they match. (Maybe I am alone in this, but I don't like having a hodge-podge assortment of rainbow colored towels)Besides that, I absolutely love the look when I open my linen closet door.
See what I mean?
All neat and tidy. So soothing, calm and zen like.
(And this is it before I paint it! Imagine it when I get a nice fresh coat of white satin enamel on it.)
I use assorted thrifted baskets and jars for storage to continue the monochromatic, kind of vintage cottage feel in the linen closet as well.
Less is more, in this case. (For me anyway.) How do you save space in your home?