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Not everyone can afford spacious penthouses in urban centers or huge mansions in the suburbs. Many of us have to make do with what we have and that often means choosing tiny houses and small apartments. And fitting your entire life in there can get tricky. Luckily, there are quite a few ways to keep your workstation in order and get rid of that enormous table that blocks the entire kitchen. From affordable space-saving furniture to genius home hacks, we compiled a list of creative ideas to create space in your home. We know that every inch counts and these space-saving things should help you utilize most of them. Also, scroll down below to see the tips and tricks that tidying experts who specialize in renowned KonMari Method™ shared with Bored Panda.

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Brilliant Design For Kids That Need Their Privacy But There's Only One Bedroom

Brilliant Design For Kids That Need Their Privacy But There's Only One Bedroom

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As someone who shared a room my entire childhood, this looks really nice. :)

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Bored Panda spoke to three certified tidying experts who follow in the footsteps of the renowned organizing guru Marie Kondo. The mantra for putting things in order like a pro sounds simple—things should spark joy and if they don’t, you’re better off without them. Helen Youn, a platinum level KonMari consultant, explains “the first step to start is to think about why you want to tidy and the life that will bring you the most joy. Often when people decide it’s time to change, they just want to have an organized and clutter-free space, but you need to also think about how that will actually impact your life, but you need to also think about how that will actually impact your life—would you read more as a result? Entertain more? Start working out? Think about all the things you enjoy doing that bring you joy. By choosing to keep only the things that bring you joy, you will create a home that supports your ideal life.”

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University Library Has A Wall Where You Can Quite Literally Take A Seat

University Library Has A Wall Where You Can Quite Literally Take A Seat

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Space Saving

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Elevate The Bed In Small Spaces To Create Storage Underneath

Elevate The Bed In Small Spaces To Create Storage Underneath

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have so little storage in my flat. I am positively drooling at this!:-D

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When You Want To Maximize The Space Under The Stairs

When You Want To Maximize The Space Under The Stairs

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Reality doesn’t always meet expectations, especially when it comes to cleaning on a tight budget. Lifestyle consultant Amanda Scanlan from Home Nurturing assures readers that “tidying doesn’t need to be an expensive undertaking. Use what you already have to organise your belongings. Shoe boxes or any media boxes from laptops, tablets or phones that you may have lying around are ideal for keeping like items together. For the kitchen, large glass jars or bottles can be reused and work really well for storing food, just remove the labels to reduce the visual clutter. Old or odd Tupperware containers that no longer 'spark joy' are also useful for keeping like items together.”

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Washer-Dryer Inside A Closet

Washer-Dryer Inside A Closet

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An added benefit is the noise reduction when the doors are closed, if you build it with the right materials.

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Extra Storage Hidden In These Kitchen Benches

Extra Storage Hidden In These Kitchen Benches

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4 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

UNcomfortable. Great for your nosy neighbour who invited themself in for coffee, there's no way they are going to stay long. Do say "Make yourself comfortable, dear", with your very sweetest smile...

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No Place For A Bedside Table? No Problem

No Place For A Bedside Table? No Problem

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And now, we’re asking for a friend: it seems like everyone around me is having domestic makeovers except me. Why is that? Amanda Scanlan confirms it’s not all in your head: “I definitely think that more and more people are willing to make changes when it comes to tidiness. We have a greater understanding of health and wellbeing and the simple life choices we can make to improve it and reduce stress. Such as eating well, exercising more, spending time with loved ones, doing activities that we enjoy and find meaningful, and cultivating more positive feelings like joy and gratitude, etc. Moreover, we are getting better at understanding environmental issues and the impact that our daily choices can have towards this.”

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That's Some Neat Space Saving Design

That's Some Neat Space Saving Design

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm pretty sure I've seen this on Bored Panda in a list that was titled "the worst designs in the history" or something similar.

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Playroom, Bedroom And A Closet Perfectly Fit In This Small Room

Playroom, Bedroom And A Closet Perfectly Fit In This Small Room

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In fact, “having a tidy home can unlock more time, energy, mental clarity and more, and I believe it is a really effective tool to reset your life and start living life how we want to in a way that is in alignment with our own values.” Trust us, your general practitioner would approve.

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When You Need That Extra Bed

When You Need That Extra Bed

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When I need that “extra bed,” I just tell the uninvited guest to go get a hotel room.

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A Play Room That Fits Under The Bed

A Play Room That Fits Under The Bed

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This doesn't look that handy, why not just let your kid play on the floor, you clearly have space for it

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West Elm Industrial Storage Coffee Table

West Elm Industrial Storage Coffee Table

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, nice, 465 euro. If you can afford that, you don't need this for the space it provides in your small home.

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Handlebars That Flip Sideways To Save Space

Handlebars That Flip Sideways To Save Space

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

now, this is great! You could also easily hang it on a hook!

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Triple Bunk Beds Done Right

Triple Bunk Beds Done Right

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wouldn’t want to be Zoey, that’s a headache waiting to happen. Would have been better if they made it so her head was at the other end.

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The Inception Bed For When Kids Have A Sleepover

The Inception Bed For When Kids Have A Sleepover

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Built In Wardrobe And A Cozy Bed Fits Everything In One Wall

Built In Wardrobe And A Cozy Bed Fits Everything In One Wall

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Staircase Cupboard

Staircase Cupboard

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't care one bit about the cupboard but I need that stair railing in my life. What does that say about me?

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Kitchen Utensils Board

Kitchen Utensils Board

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Headboard With Shelves

Headboard With Shelves

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't see this one as space saving. Adding 6 or 8 inches to the length of the bed is a lot of lost floor space for just a few paperbacks.

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Floating Corner Shelves Help Use Up Every Corner In A Small Space

Floating Corner Shelves Help Use Up Every Corner In A Small Space

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This Space Saving Table Takes The Murphy Style Decor To Whole New Level

This Space Saving Table Takes The Murphy Style Decor To Whole New Level

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If only there was this much empty wall space in my apartment

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Perfect Solution To Fit All The Boardgames

Perfect Solution To Fit All The Boardgames

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The Storage Box Is Designed For Your Refrigerator

The Storage Box Is Designed For Your Refrigerator

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Use Picture Ledges For A Miniature Vanity 'Table'

Use Picture Ledges For A Miniature Vanity 'Table'

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Identify The Wasted Spaces And Utilize ’em

Identify The Wasted Spaces And Utilize ’em

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Hang Shelves Over The Door For Extra Space

Hang Shelves Over The Door For Extra Space

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Genius Headboard Drawer

Genius Headboard Drawer

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Towel Racks On The Door

Towel Racks On The Door

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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Until one day you accidentally open the door a little too forcefully and puncture holes into your wall.

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Shelf That Works As A Small Computer Table

Shelf That Works As A Small Computer Table

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