Whether you’re moving into an apartment, living in a small space creates unique organisational challenges! Here are some helpful tips for maximising and organising small spaces.
If possible, make a list of what you own before you move. Whatever you can live without, donate to charity, sell at a garage sale or discard. Decide in advance where items should be stored in a small space, such as the bedroom, hall closet or off-site storage area.
Out-of-season clothing and accessories can be placed on high shelves or stored under the bed. Items that are frequently used, such as toiletries and cleaning supplies should be stored in convenient locations. For example, the broom and mop can be stored on a wall-mounted rack or cupboard instead of standing in the kitchen corner. Door shelves and over the door storage can make tremendous use of small space and leave important items accessible, rather than needing to box them up.
If you stay in the habit of putting things away immediately and not letting them stack up, you’ll be more content with living in a smaller space. One of the most practical, but least utilised, spaces in the bedroom is under the bed. By using under bed bags or boxes, you can easily store out-of-season clothing and blankets, or other seldom-used items. Most cupboard spaces are poorly planned, so don’t be limited by the standard hanging bar and shelf. Install additional rods or purchase stackable shelves. Overdoor racks can be used in kitchen cupboards to store canned goods, spices and kitchen supplies. Make use of existing shelves by adding shelf expanders
In the bathroom, hand-held trays and baskets, as well as wall-mounted racks, can be used to hold personal toiletries. Over-the-door racks can be used to hang towels, jewellery, hair accessories or bathrobes.
In the living room, entertainment systems are a practical way to combine the stereo, television and other equipment and accessories into one area. Look for a storage idea that features shelving or drawers above or below, to really maximise the vertical space. Another way to increase storage capacity is to purchase end tables or ottomans that double as storage areas.