12 Small Space-Friendly Buys That Max Out My Home

Small-space living is all about making the most of every square foot and ensuring that your countertops, dresser drawers, shelves, cabinets—everything, really—are all working to their fullest potential. Having lived in my fair share of tiny apartments …

Small-space living is all about making the most of every square foot and ensuring that your countertops, dresser drawers, shelves, cabinets—everything, really—are all working to their fullest potential. Having lived in my fair share of tiny apartments over the years, I’ve turned to Amazon many times to scoop up organizer systems, storage bins, and more. Between the variety of styles and the quick 2-day Prime shipping, the online behemoth has come in clutch when all my stuff was just too overwhelming.

Here are 12 of my favorite products all on Amazon Prime that have made living in a compact space feel so much more pleasant.

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12 Uber-Organized Linen Closets That Will Inspire You to Tidy Up

I’ve always struggled to keep my linen closet organized. It always starts out with neat stacks of sheets and towels, but then I’ll pull my favorite pieces from the bottom of a pile or knock over the neatly folded linens. Within a week or two, all sembl…

I’ve always struggled to keep my linen closet organized. It always starts out with neat stacks of sheets and towels, but then I’ll pull my favorite pieces from the bottom of a pile or knock over the neatly folded linens. Within a week or two, all semblance of organization has gone out the window, and it will usually stay messy (and frustrating) for a few months until I pull everything out and start all over again.

To break the never-ending cycle, I went searching for the internet’s best organization tips, and I found lots of different ideas that will help even the messiest people (a.k.a. me) keep their linens neat and tidy. Here are some of the best linen closet organization tips that came up in my search.

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Why a Round Dining Table Belongs in Every Home

I am not exaggerating when I say a piece of furniture changed my life. It’s true. And it has everything to do with geometry. In this case, it’s a round dining table. Years ago, I was thrilled when I moved into my very first apartment, in New York. Gran…

I am not exaggerating when I say a piece of furniture changed my life. It’s true. And it has everything to do with geometry. In this case, it’s a round dining table. Years ago, I was thrilled when I moved into my very first apartment, in New York. Granted, it was a tiny fifth-floor walk-up, but still my own, and I inherited the cutest drop-leaf rectangular dining table. It was sandwiched into the little kitchen area, and perfect for me and the occasional guest or two. I loved it! But then I met my future husband, and we decamped to the greener pastures of Brooklyn for more space. My tiny table followed us there, but all of a sudden it felt dopey and just wrong. Finally, I had more room, and the space seemed to call out for a round shape. So I went round and never looked back.

Not only did it help with the flow of a floor-through apartment, but as our expanding family grew, too, the round table was just as good as ever. There’s just something about the intimacy of a round dining table: You’re never facing just one person, and the space between everyone is basically equal. There’s no head of the table, no fuss about seating arrangements. And I swear it makes dinner conversations better.

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Why Every Small Home Should Have an Empty Space

No Space Too Small is a column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experience…

No Space Too Small is a column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk to how to manage clutter.


At just 690 square feet, my apartment is relatively small, but it dates back to the 1940s, when apartments were laid out with grander proportions. Once a one-bedroom, we converted it to what New York City real estate brokers call a “junior two-bedroom.” Even though we altered the intended floor plan, there are a few other vintage elements to our home’s design that help make our space work, including our entryway.

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How Plant Stylist Vionna Wai Designed a Serene, Oh-So Green Rooftop Space

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers.

Unlike my mother, I simply was not born with the gift of…

We’ve teamed up with the audio innovators at Sonos to present Groove With The Seasons, a video series that showcases experts creating memorable hosting moments with the help of Sonos speakers.


Unlike my mother, I simply was not born with the gift of a green thumb. For her, tending to our backyard garden and caring for countless house plants comes naturally; for me, keeping an unfussy philodendron alive is quite the accomplishment.

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How to Layer Rugs—Because Why Stop at One

Rugs might be one of the simplest ways to add an interesting dimension to a room. “Rugs are perfect for defining a space and pulling in texture, pattern, or color to bring everything together,” says designer Nicole Arruda.

Layering rugs, one on top of…

Rugs might be one of the simplest ways to add an interesting dimension to a room. “Rugs are perfect for defining a space and pulling in texture, pattern, or color to bring everything together,” says designer Nicole Arruda.

Layering rugs, one on top of the other, is an even more interesting decor choice, whether you’re placing an accent rug over a larger area rug or covering up that blah wall-to-wall carpeting with a piece that’s much more your style. Layered rugs evoke coziness and warmth, and it’s an especially great idea if you’re someone who likes to switch up your space frequently: “Rugs give you the flexibility to make an easy swap down the road when you're ready for a change,” adds Arruda.

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Lessons I Learned From Renovating My Small Kitchen

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday …

No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.


I have no complaints about having a small kitchen. I'm an avid home cook, and find it just as easy to create a great meal in my tiny galley as a large chef’s kitchen. In a confined space, everything you need is right at hand, and several years working as a cook for a catering company taught me that you can truly cook anywhere (including the deck of a boat and behind a dumpster in two rare instances).

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4 Surprising (& Very Practical) Uses for Your Cake Stand

If you haven’t noticed yet, cake stands are ubiquitous in interiors photography. If you dropped onto Earth for an intergalactic romp and mined our spaces for anthropologic clues, you might imagine humans subsist solely on cake (well, you might not be t…

If you haven't noticed yet, cake stands are ubiquitous in interiors photography. If you dropped onto Earth for an intergalactic romp and mined our spaces for anthropologic clues, you might imagine humans subsist solely on cake (well, you might not be totally wrong...). Our love for baked goods notwithstanding, our lifestyles are considerably more diverse. Yet there it is, on every still life table: a lovely mound of flour, butter, and sugar on an ornate pedestal.

A cake signals a celebratory occasion, yes, but there’s a more practical explanation: cake stands look damn good. They add dimension to any flat surface, introducing new materials, shapes, and heights—a trifecta ripe for a styling slam dunk.

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How to Make Your All-White Kitchen a Total Showstopper

Over the years, white kitchens have earned the (undeserved) reputation of being boring. Although they remain a classic choice for many designers and homeowners, the impression that they’re a “safe” or even personality-less choice still remains pervasiv…

Over the years, white kitchens have earned the (undeserved) reputation of being boring. Although they remain a classic choice for many designers and homeowners, the impression that they’re a “safe” or even personality-less choice still remains pervasive.

Here’s the thing though: Like any design scheme or element, white kitchens have to be done right in order to succeed. Slap a white finish on every surface of your kitchen and it will look new, sure—but it may also end up feeling uninspired, bland, or even sterile. Any color palette can fall flat if not executed properly, but white kitchens are even more susceptible than the average hue.

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Curtains, Blinds, or Both? Here’s How to Pick Window Treatments

If there’s one thing to remember when outfitting a room, it isn’t that you need a cozy sofa and an appropriately-sized area rug. You also don’t have to keep reminding yourself to add a variety of light sources and verdant plants. These important detail…

If there’s one thing to remember when outfitting a room, it isn’t that you need a cozy sofa and an appropriately-sized area rug. You also don’t have to keep reminding yourself to add a variety of light sources and verdant plants. These important details aren’t necessarily going to slip your mind, but this sole component might: Choosing the right window treatments.

“We ask a lot from our windows,” says Nicholas Potts, an architect based in Washington, D.C. “There are times when lighting has to be controlled in certain ways, and other times when treatments are unnecessary.”

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