Living Large in a Tiny Space: Clever Tips for Maximizing Space in Your Small Apartment
November 15th, 2022
Living in a small space can be challenging. In addition to the limited square footage, living in a smaller home can also mean you have less storage space. But with some creativity and organization tips, small spaces don’t have to be restrictive. The key is to create functional layouts that reduce clutter and compartmentalize areas for easy access. Check out these helpful organizing ideas for compact living:
Create a central hub and hide clutter
A key strategy for organizing a small space is to create a centralized hub. It’s the hub of your organization, the place where you keep your most frequently used items. The hub can be a room, an area of the room, or a piece of furniture. The point is that it is where you want to keep the things you use most often. It’s your starting point for getting things done and keeping your small space clutter-free. If you decide to make a room your hub, you’ll need to consider how to fit everything you need into that room. If you choose to make an area in a room your hub, you’ll need to decide what furniture to place. One solution is to purchase storage furniture, such as bookcases, cabinets, and drawers, that can help you organize your space.
Use vertical storage
Wall-mounted shelving is a great way to store items in a small space. It not only adds a decorative element but also maximizes storage space. It’s also easy to install and a great solution for renters who don’t have a lot of wall space to work with. Use hooks to store frequently used items. This will help keep your small space organized by giving you an easy place to put items you don’t want cluttering your counters or floors. You can also use hooks to store items you don’t have room for in drawers or cupboards.
Build n’ free up floor space
Floors can be prime real estate in small spaces, so make use of them by building in storage that frees up floor space. You can add storage to your walls, but you also have options for adding storage below the floor. Be creative and repurpose existing items like drawers, cabinets, and shelves. Consider building a platform or murphy bed to maximize the space within the room. If you want to maximize the amount of storage you can get below the floor, consider hiring a contractor to help you with your storage needs.
Create flexible workspaces
When you have a small space to work with, it’s good to have a flexible layout that can be easily transformed depending on what you’re doing at the time. For example, you may have one space as your dining room during the day and a living room during the evening. If you have space to add a second room, it can help you separate activities and optimize your floor space. It can also help you break up the room and make your small space feel larger. For easy access, you can add storage to your walls, under your bed, or inside cabinets. You can also add furniture with hidden storage to help you store items when they are not in use.
Don’t be afraid to repurpose furniture.
A smaller space is a perfect opportunity to repurpose furniture. You can turn a coffee table into a bedside table or a large bookshelf into a desk. You can also utilize wall space with a shelf or hanging shelf unit. A table with a fold-down top or an ottoman with storage are other furniture items that can help you organize your small space. If you have the money, purchase new furniture, especially things like a bedside table that gets a lot of use. If you don’t have the money to buy new furniture, that’s okay. You can still come up with creative ways to repurpose furniture in your small space.
If you’re short on storage space, try keeping many items on the bottom of your cabinets. Use baskets and other containers to store items like cleaning supplies, toiletries, and smaller kitchen items. This will help prevent clutter and keep your cabinets looking neat and uncluttered. You can also use the bottom of your cabinets to store infrequently used items like holiday decorations, extra bedding, and out-of-season clothing. This is a great way to declutter your small space without throwing things away. Ready to tackle your organizing challenges? These simple organization tips can help you declutter your small space and keep it clean and tidy.
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