Budget-Friendly Organization Tips to Make the Most of a Small Space

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The New Year is all about making resolutions to make us happier and healthier. What better way to welcome a new year than with an affordable yet stylish bathroom makeover? An organized space is the perfect thing to start us on the right track to a more organized 2020.


refresh a small spae under $200 with Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart storage solutions


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I don’t know about y’all, but a clean, tidy space makes me jump for joy. I know I can’t be alone in this 🙂 We packed this blog post with all kinds of helpful information for how to get organized, how to decorate on a budget and how to make the most of small spaces. Hopefully this post will inspire your own projects. You’ll find our best budget-friendly organization tips, how to makeover a space for under $300, and lots of affordable styling ideas to take any room from ho-hum to wow.

before shot of a bathroom reno/refresh using BHG at Walmart budget decor

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small space renovation reveal with DIY Feature wall

How to Maximize Small Space

When organizing a small space, every inch is important. In my guest bathroom, there isn’t a sink vanity, just a small pedestal sink. So our makeover needed to optimize additional storage while making the room seem bigger. The shower takes up more than half the room. Our solutions? We added two matching stylish, organization solutions from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart.

Maximizing space is so important when dealing with a small space like a bathroom. Storage blocks and shelving units are going to be your best friend when organizing a bathroom. Make sure the dimensions are just right. Adding a piece that is too big may make your small space feel even more cramped.

display toiletries in clear apothecary jars for a clean, modern look

In addition, working in a small space means your eye has nowhere to go. Creating cohesion in your design choices is important to tie the style together. It also makes the space flow, and it feels less cluttered. That’s why we chose two shelving items from the same collection from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart. They go together beautifully and add an extra element of organization.

Top 5 Space Saving Hacks

  1. Keep things simple. In order to maximize the space to the fullest, simplify your decor. If you don’t absolutely love it, it doesn’t belong in the space. Decluttering will also allow you to see what you actually have. Donate what you don’t need.
  2. Make use of wall space. When decorating a small space, the walls are your best friend. Hang shelves and wall decor so as to not take up floor space. As a result, the room will feel larger and more functional.
  3. Hooks. Use over-the-door hooks to hang extra bath towels.  Mount wall brackets and hooks. Again, the walls are a great space-saving resource.
  4. Utilize every inch. If you are organizing a bathroom, make use of under the sink storage or over the toilet storage. If you run out of space under the sink for toiletries like shampoo and body wash, invest in a hanging shower caddy to hang on the shower head. This is a great place to store all your shower essentials right where you need them. Save space under the sink for things like toilet paper and cleaning supplies.
  5. Invest in clear containers/jars. Using clear apothecary jars to store miscellaneous items is essential when organizing a small space. This motivates you to keep things tidy and in order. Plus, they make storage look extra chic and modern. Mine from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart are as stylish as they are useful. Extra bonus: they are acrylic so if they drop onto the marble floor nothing breaks.


small space refresh for the new year with budget-friendly decor from Better Homes and Gardens

For more bathroom storage ideas, visit HGTV’s website for 25 Clever Bathroom Storage Ideas. 

Small Space Storage Ideas

To start, we ordered these awesome, metal and rustic wood open shelving units to go above and next to the toilet. This is a great place to store miscellaneous bathroom items that you need on hand. We like to create the perfect harmony of function and stylish decor.

For one shelf, we ordered stylish acrylic containers from Better Homes & Gardens at Walmart to hold things like cotton swabs, cotton squares and miscellaneous items. The rack above the toilet even has a useful towel rack to hang hand towels. How perfect! We added lavender scented candles, a diffuser and delicate faux flowers to enhance the spa-like effect.

Since the space is so small, we want to make sure everything has a designated place and there is no excess clutter to distract or overwhelm. To avoid unwanted clutter, place toilet paper rolls in a stackable container next to the toilet, and purchase a toilet brush equipped with a holder. When everything is tucked away like this, it makes the space feel so much cleaner and spacious.

refresh a small cluttered space on a budget with Better Homes and Gardens at Walmart

Refreshing a Small Space on Budget

You know Jodie and I are all about budget-friendly projects and easy DIY’s. We couldn’t pass up an opportunity to check out Better Homes & Gardens organizational storage hacks. Thanks to their budget-friendly decor, we were able to do this refresh all under $300.

My upstairs guest bathroom has always been boring and definitely lacking in storage. I couldn’t wait to tackle this space for the New Year.


create a stunning bathroom space with budget-friendly decor and storage solutions


With so many New Year’s resolutions to accomplish, we want a project that saves both time and money, especially after splurging on holiday shopping. That’s why shopping Better Homes & Gardens collection available exclusively at Walmart online is the perfect solution.

Not only do they have tons of quality, trendy storage solutions available at the click of a button, but they are always value-priced. The two shelving units I ordered (which shipped free) took less than 15 minutes to assemble and required zero tools. Decorating has never been so easy and affordable.


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Easy DIY Feature Wall

To liven up the room, Jodie had the genius idea to create a DIY feature wall. We knew we were limited with what we could use in the bathroom. Wallpaper was out because this room gets steamy. So we decided to paint a simple pattern instead. Now, instead of a boring bathroom, the room feels stylish and finished.


take your bathroom or small space from drab to fab with this easy DIY wall art

Step-by-Step Tutorial

Below, find our step-by-step tutorial for how to achieve this or a similar look.

  1. Gather your materials. Before beginning, make sure you have all required materials on hand. You will need a medium-sized thin paint brush, your choice of paint color (we used black) and practice paper.
  2. Practice brush strokes. Grab a few sheets of scratch paper and begin making single brush strokes in horizontal rows. Decide how thick you want your strokes to appear on the wall by testing out a few different widths on your scratch paper. Get a feel for your brush. This is important.
  3. Next, practice spacing. Space the lines a few inches away from each other. Your second row should stagger the placement. In other words, for a more balanced, natural effect place your strokes in diamond patterns. Repeat this pattern for all rows.
  4. Prep your wall space. Before beginning to paint on the wall itself, ensure your wall is clean of any debris, dirt, and dust. Remove all picture frames or wall decor. We recommend wiping down the surface with a wet cloth or towel. Make sure your wall is completely dry before painting.
  5. Begin painting. Now that you’ve practiced and prepped the wall, it’s time to start painting. Repeat the practice instructions, only on a bigger surface. Remember, you want the strokes to look relatively organic and natural. Perfection is not the goal here. It is art, after all.
  6. Try to stay level. It’s important to keep a straight vertical line. So step back after every row and make sure you are still level and not heading down or up. If your row isn’t perfectly level don’t worry. Fix the direction by gently easing your next row back to level. Again, it’s not about perfection.
  7. Let dry overnight. Before adding any decor make sure paint is completely dry.


practice your DIY Wall Art before beginning the real thing!


For more affordable DIY projects, check out our best budget-friendly DIY decor hacks.

jodie finishing up the DIY feature wall before we style the small space

How to Decorate Small Space: Stylish Bathroom Accessories

  1. Apothecary Jars. Not only are apothecary jars super functional, but they are chic and modern. They create a minimalistic, clean look that makes for a beautiful bathroom.
  2. Open Shelving. With open shelving, it’s important to keep things tidy and simple. It also allows you to display stylish accents and decor items. The clean lines further emphasize our desired modern look.
  3. Luxurious White Towels. To create a spa-like effect, choose luxurious white towels and bath mats to brighten the room. Folding towels neatly on the open shelves makes the space feel like a bathroom retreat. It also allows you to always keep fresh towels close at hand.
  4. Soothing Scents. Place calming lavender and vanilla candles on the shelving units. You can choose to use candles or reed diffusers, or both. It’s up to you.
  5. Plants. Add an organic touch to the room with a real or faux plant or two. I prefer faux, especially in a room with no sunlight. This creates the same effect as real plants, but without the upkeep.
  6. Gold Accents. A touch of gold adds a bit of glam to the space. We chose a stylish gold framed circular mirror, from Better Homes & Gardens of course, to offset the straight black lines on the wall. The contrast of geometric patterns adds dimension and interest to the room.

refresh a small space and create gorgeous DIY wall art for almost no cost!

Final Thoughts: Small Space Makeover

We hope this post inspired you to start the New Year fresh and organized. If you have a cluttered space you’ve been itching to tackle for a while, this is your chance. Now, you understand how easy it is to take a space from drab to fab on a budget and on a time crunch. You truly don’t have to compromise style for function, or vice versa. Be sure to check out Better Homes & Gardens stylish collection of storage solutions available for great prices at Walmart.com. 

Most importantly, we wish you a wonderful New Year filled with joy, love and blessings. Happy New Year Sweet Friends!

jodie & julie


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  1. La Donna Sullivan says:

    Some great ideas😆😆❤❤❤😙😙😙

  2. Lory says:

    Wow, what an awesome makeover!! the storage units are perfect and boy did you fool me with the painted wall! Thought for sure it was wallpaper. Great job!!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Thanks for the kind words sweet friend! So glad you enjoyed this post! You’re so sweet hun!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  3. Beth Beard says:

    Did you get that darling sign at Walmart too? I love how your bathroom turned out. It’s beautiful!

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      No this sign is not from Walmart, it’s actually from @the.little.bird on Instagram. I hope that helps! Thank you for the kind comment on this post. We really appreciate it hun! Hope to see you on the blog in the future.
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  4. Vanessa V says:

    What was the exact brush and paint that your used. I am in love with this bathroom make over. Thinking about doing this in my powder bath. I have a brown and black speckle granite top not sure if it will look as good.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      The brush we used was and 1/2 inch artist brush. It’s called M.GRUMBACHER and the code # is 4720-R. It’s called the Bristlette Artist Brush. The pain is Benjamin Moore Semigloss Ebony King. Thank you so much for the kind comment! We hope this helps!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  5. Sarah says:

    What are the paint colors? White and black or is it off white and a dark gray?

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Sarah!
      The paint color I used is the Benjamin Moore Semigloss Ebony King. It’s black! I hope that helps!
      Lots of love,
      Jodie & Julie

  6. Coni says:

    I am intrigued by your pedestal sink! What is the silver base? Did that come on the sink or did you add this? I love the wall and shelf and plan to totally copy you but I would love to upgrade my sink, your’s looks very nice!! Thanks

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Coni,
      We’re so glad you like the restyle. Also happy to hear you like the fun sink. It’s a small space, and this works well. I didn’t choose the sink. I believe it is all one piece and came together. When we bought the house these were the finishes that came with the house, which was totally remodeled around 2000. Good luck with your bathroom project! Glad to inspire. XO ~ Julie & Jodie

  7. Rosalyn Gohl says:

    Why did you choose gold rimmed mirror instead of silver to match the sink hardware? Just curious. Not being negative.

    • jjdesigntwins says:

      Hi Rosalyn,
      That’s a good question. It wasn’t available in silver, but we didn’t think twice about adding a gold-rimmed mirror. We mix metals all the time. This style of round mirror is in style in the gold (and not silver). Thanks for your question. We love hearing from you. We hope you continue to enjoy our blog posts. Best, Julie & Jodie

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