Living in a small apartment is a great way to save money, but it can quickly become a mess. Read to learn some interesting ways to keep it neat.
There are many reasons to live in a small apartment. First, they tend to be slightly cheaper. If you live alone, renting a small place can help you save a lot of money on rent.
And they require less energy to heat and cool, reducing your bills and making your place a whole lot greener.
Plus, smaller apartments tend to be cozier and more comfortable, and they’re easier to clean.
However, the downside to a small apartment is that it’s easy to fill them up. If your apartment gets too cluttered, it can easily feel like the walls are caving in around you.
The best solution is to get rid of some of your stuff. But this isn’t always possible; there are some things we just can’t, or won’t, live without.
So, to make sure you don’t end up as a special guest star on the show “Hoarders,” you need to be creative about how you use your space.
To get you started, here are seven that’ll help you organize your small apartment:
Store Stuff Under Furniture
In a small apartment, space is at a premium. And with your bed, sofa, desk, and TV already taking up valuable floor space, it’s tough to find room for all your other stuff.
A great solution is to use the space underneath the furniture as storage.
Consider purchasing some plastic containers or boxes that slide right underneath. This will allow you to keep stuff close at hand and out of sight.
Narrow storage tubs work particularly well under your bed, which already takes up quite a bit of space. If you have a low bed, consider adding some risers to create more storage space underneath it.
Buy Storage Furniture
Another thing you can do to maximize your space is to buy storage furniture. You can get beds, chairs, and sofas that have compartments underneath the cushions. These are the perfect spots to hide blankets, towels, sheets, clothes, etc.
Of course, this option requires an investment in your part. New furniture might take a few bucks out of your bank account. But the peace of mind that comes from getting your stuff off the floor and into a storage bin is well worth the cost.
Add Creative Shelves
Shelves are great because they allow you to store stuff without having to occupy floor space. However, shelves aren’t everyone’s aesthetic cup of tea.
But don’t let this scare you away from shelves. Instead, let it inspire you to get creative.
One option is to install corner shelves. Shaped like triangles, these shelves fit nicely into small nooks and out-of-sight corners. They give you a lot more storage space without taking up too much room.
An alternative is to put shelves over the doors. Most people don’t look up there, so you don’t need to worry about them ruining the walls. And, you can stretch the shelves across the length of the whole wall, opening up a fair amount of room.
Of course, this puts some of your stuff out of reach. So unless you’re tall, only use these shelves to store stuff you don’t need too often.
Hooks, Hooks, and More Hooks
When it comes to home organization, hooks are an underrated treasure. From your bedroom and living room to your bathroom and kitchen, hooks will help you organize every crevice of your home.
Place them on the walls to hang jackets, scarves, and other items that take up a bunch of closet space.
You can also hang hooks in your kitchen for mugs, pots, and pans. It opens up a lot of room in your cabinets. If you want to go the extra mile, mount a piece of pegboard to the kitchen wall for a quirky, hook-based hanging system.
Also, consider putting hooks in your bathroom, especially near the show. This will give you a place to hang towels as well as shower caddies, which usually take up a lot of valuable room.
Fold Clothes Differently
If you’ve always folded your clothes and placed them in your dresser one on top of the other, get ready to have your mind blown.
Folding them in the same way, but storing them vertically, significantly reduces the amount of space they take up. And, it makes it much easier for you to see everything without having to remove them from the drawer.
By compacting your wardrobe, you’ll free up space which you can use to store other items out of sight.
Shoes and hats are some of the bulkiest items we own. An over-the-door organizer can help you limit the amount of space they occupy.
They drape directly over your door, which means you can install them without breaking out the drill. And, they make it easier for you to find the pair of shoes you’re looking for without having to tear your closet apart.
Hanging Cubbies and Baskets
Hanging cubbies can help you make the most of your closet space. They hang from your closet bar and provide you with large boxes you can use for storing big items. They’re perfect for sweaters, sweatshirts, and winter coats!
Of course, this will mean less space for clothes in your closet. But that might not be the worst thing, especially if organization is your primary concern.
There are a ton of different ways for you to keep your small apartment organized. The options mentioned here are just a small sample of what’s out there.
It’s important you find something that suits your taste so that you actually use these new organization techniques to keep your place tidy.
But it’s also essential to be vigilant about how much stuff you bring into your apartment. Be mindful when shopping and think carefully about where to place something before you buy it.
Ultimately, careful consideration and clever organization tactics will help you maximize your space and turn your home into the cozy sanctuary it’s meant to be.
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management. He has over 10 years of experience in the student housing industry and works with Sakara on a daily basis to grow their online presence.