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Small Space Solutions

If you are like most people, no matter how big or small your space is, there still isn’t enough space for storage. But, if living in an apartment or condo, you are often presented with situations that leave you without a logical space to store an item. The key is to come up with creative solutions to add storage and shelving in places that you wouldn’t even have considered it! We have compiled a list of clever ideas that we have either seen used or tested out ourselves that made great use of otherwise “useless” spaces.

  • Kitchen
    • Use hanging shelves/containers to store things that usually clutter your countertops – think fresh fruits/produce or bread. Depending on your space, add hanging shelves to the end of cabinets, or find shelves that can hang underneath your cabinets and instantly free up counter space.
    • Make the most of your pantry. Even if it’s a small space – add storage to the inside of the door – think small things like spices, or aluminum foil/plastic wrap, that usually takes up shelf real estate that can be better utilized. When I did this, I got different shape desk organizers and drilled them directly onto my door and it added so much extra space!
  • Bathroom
    • Floating shelves! These can literally solve so many problems in small bathrooms – for giving you shelves next to the sink for basics – toothbrushes/toothpaste, cosmetics, q-tips, medicine (especially if your bathroom is lacking a medicine cabinet). They can also work over the toilet for towel storage, back up toilet paper, and any other bathroom products.
    • Shelves in the space between the toilet and sink. In most bathrooms, while not a lot of space, there is a space between the two that is completely un-utilized. Whether you find open shelving or shelves with baskets, you have added extra storage for anything you need, without taking away from the space in the bathroom (because honestly it was a wasted space to begin with).
  • Bedroom
    • Floating shelves again are key in the bedroom. Whether you have space to add them next to the bed – think over the nightstand or maybe in place of the nightstand, or over a vanity or desk – they can be used to store anything and everything. Again, keep in mind how neat you are – using baskets can always limit the amount of clutter.
    • Make the most of your closets. If you have hanging space in your closet, you likely have enough space to hang a shelf directly above that can be used to store more clothes. You probably also have enough space below for a shoe organizer – or even Rubbermaid bins that can store clothes that aren’t in season.

The thing to keep in mind when figuring out what space you can better use, is by looking at the room and seeing what space is being wasted, and finding shelves or containers that can make the most out of this space. Hope this helps a little with your spring cleaning/organizing!!

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Small Apartment Solutions

Moving into a new space can be both exciting and overwhelming. If this new space happens to be an apartment, then often times the overwhelming part is where to put all your stuff?! We’ve put together a short list of ideas to help make the moving a little easier, and make your space feel even bigger!

  • Make every day furniture serve multiple purposes.
    • Adding open shelving in your kitchen area can be both functional and decorative. Use metal shelves that allow you to add a lot of storage to your space while showing off your things! (It will also help you to stay organized – because it will force you to clean more often!)
    • Use furniture in your living room that provides storage. A lot of coffee tables/ottomans now are designed to have storage space inside – and best of all its hidden so no one will know what you hide in there! For a TV stand, use a bedroom dresser – with drawers or cabinets – most tv equipment takes up very little space these days – so you have an entire cabinet to fill with anything you need space for.
  • Use every bit of space available.
    • Under bed storage is the best idea ever! You can store anything under the bed – and no one will know it’s there. Hide things closer to the wall you don’t need access to as frequently, and put clothes closer to the sides you can get to them easily.
    • If you have an entry way table, use a decorative table cloth – instant storage underneath, and your friends will think you were just decorating!
    • Make the most of your closet space. Add small shelves to store your shoes. Use hooks on the walls – hang purses, belts, scarfs without taking up good real estate in your room.
  • Make sure to decorate accordingly.
    • Hang a mirror on the wall in any room you want to appear bigger. It’s an instant fix to any space.
    • Make sure not to overdo window treatments. Curtains in a space that is too small can take over the room and make it appear smaller. Stick with blinds that can be interior mounted.
    • Keep the wall colors light and neutral. When you want a pop of color use accent pieces.

Remember – it’s home – make it your own!

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