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How to Make the Most of Your Space in a Small Apartment

Stylized Wellington Studio Apartment with Storage SpaceWhen you live in a small Wellington apartment, it matters to make the most of every square inch. Keeping your home neat and organized can be quite the challenge when there isn’t much room, to work with. This is particularly true especially if you share your small apartment with others. The good thing about this is that you can apply several clever hacks to keep your personal belongings from overwhelming you and your home. It doesn’t matter what your decorating style is, these organizational strategies can help you keep everything in your home in its proper place.

Hidden Storage

When space is limited, you have to start planning about making your furniture do double duty. To add storage to a living room, consider putting in a storage ottoman or side table. These pieces can help you keep throws, media cases, and other items organized and out of sight with large interior compartments.

Use the Space Under Furniture

To free up space in your closets and bookshelves, think of storing off-season clothing or rarely used items under beds or other furniture. There are storage containers you can buy that are designed to fit under a bed. However, if your bedis too low to the ground, think about incorporating risers to lift it a few inches. This could give you a much bigger space to store items you don’t need access to every day.

Shrink & Save Bulky Items

To save space when storing your sweater collection, blankets, or spare pillows, consider the use of vacuum bags. These bags form a tight seal around your bulky items, shrinking them down to a much-reduced size. They also seal out dust, making it a good way to store seasonal items. By keeping large and bulky items this way, you can effortlessly store double the number of personal items in the same amount of space.

Hang It Up

One other way to make the most of your small apartment is to use walls to their full potential. Most small apartments lack a hall closet, making it difficult to know what to do with coats, hats, and umbrellas. Try adding hooks or open shelves behind the door or on an adjacent wall to give you more places to keep your things organized. You can use this same principle for larger items, like bicycles. Adding some sturdy hooks or pegs to a wall could give you a convenient place to hang a bike or other huge items, freeing up floor space and keeping your belongings out from underfoot.

Utilize Nooks & Crannies

There are times when making the most of your small apartment space means putting every nook and cranny to work. With just simple supplies, you can transform the insides of cabinet doors, the back of bathroom doors, crawl spaces, attic spaces, and other areas into storage areas for your things. Additionally, many closets and cabinets have odd corners or hidden places that might be perfect for storing items you don’t use daily.

Even just stacking boxes behind your hung clothing can give a good amount of extra storage. Finally, maximize your vertical storage space by adding shelves to otherwise unused spots in your kitchen, entryway, bedroom, bathroom, and more. When combined with decorative bins and baskets, your open shelving could become a storage-friendly accent piece for your apartment home.

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