It's time to head back-to-school (where did summer go?!), and whether you're moving into a dorm, an apartment, or helping to get your kids settled in one of the above - small spaces require some inventive solutions. As Target's home organizing expert's we wanted to put together some easy-to-implement ideas for getting organized when storage and space is limited. By adding a few smart products, you'll have room for all your items and not have to live with clutter! Hopefully that's not your roommate's name.

BATHROOM


We are obsessed with this chrome hamper because it creates extra counter space (particularly helpful with a pedestal sink), holds laundry, and the shelves hold everything from baskets to 6 rolls of toilet paper.



Products:

Chrome Hamper
White Rope Basket
Glass Canister
Soap Dispenser

LIVING AREA


One of our favorite products at Target is the square shelf mirror, and now it comes in a smaller size and a coordinating square wall shelf! It's SO versatile and can be used for a variety of set-ups. Whether it's for make-up, school supplies, or even a coffee station - you can use it in any room of the house.





Another one of our favorite space savers, is hanging decor that doubles as storage. This round wall hanging is such a chic way to display notecards, photos, sunglasses, etc.



Products:

Square Shelf Mirror
Small Square Shelf Mirror
Square Wall Shelf
Round Wall Decor
Iridescent Pencil Cup
Iridescent Tape Holder
LED Sign

DESKTOP


Maximizing your desktop means using stackable and modular products. Our favorites include these white and wooden letter trays, and coordinating desk organizers - and of course we took the opportunity to fill them with rainbow Sharpies and fun binder clips!



Products:

Desktop Storage Unit
Stacking Letter Trays
Brit + Co Binder Clips
Brit + Co Notebook
Brit + Co Sticky Notes

BEDROOM


However large your bedroom might be, an efficient nightstand is a must. Lamps, clocks, books, a charging station for your electronics - it all needs to find a way to fit. One of our favorite products for ANY room is the 3-tier Storage Cart, but it works perfectly next to the bed. And because the sides are open, you can easily plug-in all your devices while storing them at the same time.



Products:

Grey Storage Cart
Artificial Succulent
Table Lamp

Check out additional tips on A Bullseye View, and our dorm room ideas on PopSugar!

XO, THE

Tip #1: Simplify Your Self-Care

It can be tough to prioritize self-care when you are so busy taking care of everything and everyone else—but that’s when it’s more crucial than ever! *cue flight attendant speech about putting your oxygen mask on before helping others* 

Sleep, stress, and immune health are connected systems—if one is off, so are the rest! Being able to streamline your solutions, rather than focusing on them separately, simplifies a routine. The new Nature Made Wellblends are our favorite because these supplements are targeted to balance our sleep, stress & immune health needs.

They come in capsule form, gummies, (that just so happen to taste amazing!), and fizzy drink mixes, which we can throw in our purses and take on the go! 

Tip #2: Designate a Drop Spot

Let us guess: Your kids get home from school and instantly drop all their things in a pile by the front door? Meet them in the middle with a drop spot system! This may include shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, jackets, and after-school activity items like ballet shoes or soccer cleats—but every family is different. These items can be hung or stored in an open bin, what matters is that your kids can access them when necessary. Not only will this system leave clutter at the door and hold everyone accountable for their space, but you’ll be able to quickly grab whatever you need when rushing out the door.

Suggested Products
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Graphite 4-Tier Metal Shoe Rack
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Modern Weave Storage Bin
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
Water Hyacinth Storage Bins with Handles
White Montauk Bins
White Montauk Bins
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Cast-Iron Hook Rack
Acrylic U-Shelf
Acrylic U-Shelf

Tip #3: Create a Command Station

Every home needs a system for managing all the incoming and outgoing paper…or else it will quickly pile up on the countertop and stress you out. When creating your system, think in three general categories: To-Do, File, and Recycle. As a reminder for tasks at hand, To-Do papers need to remain organized but visually accessible in open trays or letter sorters. Files can either be stored in hanging file or document boxes, labeled by category, color, or both.

BONUS TIP: Designate a paper tray in clear view where your kids can place all the papers you need to sign or look over. 

Suggested Products
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
1″ Bigso White Stockholm Portfolio
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm 3-Ring Binder
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm Desktop File
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm File Box and Letter-Size Folders Starter Kit
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Office Storage Boxes
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Paper Drawers
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Photo Storage Box
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Bigso White Stockholm Stackable Letter Trays
Acrylic Desktop File
Acrylic Desktop File

Tip #4: Prepare For Last-Minute Emergencies

It never fails – the moment you are about to walk out the door is also when your kid decides to confess they forgot to brush their teeth...or maybe it was a truly chaotic morning and you realize you forgot to brush yours. Oops! That’s why it’s better to keep a crisis-management kit right by the door for all your *oh no’s!* and *mommy, I forgot’s*.

Think back to your past experiences and decide what will come in handy. Some suggestions include toothpaste, toothbrushes, flossers, hairbrushes, hair ties, you name it. We suggest using stackable drawers, along with bin organizers to keep everything contained and categorized. 

Suggested Products
THE Bin Organizers
THE Bin Organizers
THE Large Drawer
THE Large Drawer
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
THE All Purpose Deep Bin with Divider
Custom Labels
Custom Labels

Tip #5: Set Up a Supply Station

For most people, the kitchen table is the homework headquarters. But instead of lugging supplies back and forth on a daily basis, store on a rolling cart! Not only does this system on wheels save space, but it also manages clutter for less distractions! Categorize and contain using bins or turntables just as you would on a closet shelf. 

Suggested Products
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
White 3-Tier Rolling Cart
THE  Clear Rolling Cart
THE Clear Rolling Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart
Elfa White Mesh Gift Wrap Cart

What are your favorite back-to-school organization tips? Feel free to share them with the class below! 

†This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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