Storage Tips for Tiny Apartments
Here’s a fantastic guest post By Myriah Cohen, the Chicago blogger for PostGradApartments.com.
Moving into your own place is great – but it’s usually not quite as spacious as Mom and Dad’s!
As you walk into your new apartment, you may suddenly get the overwhelming feeling of freedom! You look around at your terrain and it dawns on you that this is actually cramped freedom. But, cramped freedom is still freedom, so you will make do. But how?
You may not believe it right now, but you do have space. Somewhere. Look for it. I’m sure you have at least one door. Check out your front door, back door, bathroom door or closet door. Is there room to hang something on the back or even the front of the door? Before you go to the store to buy over-the-door hooks, figure out what exactly you want or need to hang or store. Some suggestions are: towels, coats, scarves, robes, backpacks, or shoes. In the winter, try hanging a bag full of gloves and hats, or in the summer, beach towels and swimsuits.
Now that your doors are fulfilling their potential, let’s look at your walls. Sure, you will have pictures and other things on your walls, but have you ever considered hanging a few hooks for your bags or purses? If they have a place on the wall, it will clear up the limited floor space. Hang a backpack, work bag, purse or gym bag up when you are done for the day. Or hang a jewelry or accessory organizer on the wall. Suddenly you will have a place for some of your odds and ends like sunglasses, lotion, nail clippers, camera, video camera or keys.
Now take a look at your bed. Is it raised? Can you raise it? Utilize the space beneath with storage boxes. There are all sorts of easy to access storage boxes for underneath beds these days. Find one that suits your needs and style. Ikea and Bed Bath and Beyond are excellent for obtaining storage solutions on a budget.
Do you have an end table next to your bed? Utilize the space under it! Stack books or games, place a trash can, or keep all your extraneous electronic stuff (ear buds, head phones, iPod cables, digital cameras, jump drives, chargers, USB cables, and the like) in a box or basket.
Don’t forget about magazine holders. Not just for magazines, but for any papers you need to keep. Keeping your magazines or papers upright will free up more desk space for your computer.
Book shelves aren’t just for books! If you have free space, use it. Use it for games, clothes, extra towels, DVDs, CDs, toiletries, or even laundry supplies like detergent, stain removers or dryer sheets.
Pop up coffee tables, also called lift top coffee tables (and in some circles, cocktail tables) can be the ultimate in space saving utilization. By day the table works just like a regular coffee table, but by night, the top lifts up and becomes a standard height work desk or dining table! Amazing! In spaces where there is hardly room for a coffee table, let alone a dining room table, it just makes sense to have a two in one. Search online and in ads for a new one, or even try and score one on Craigslist or at a garage sale.
If you have tall cupboards and wasted space, buy a stand alone shelf to double your shelving. If you are really crammed for space in your kitchen, there is often unused space on top of the refrigerator and on top of the kitchen shelves. You can even store pots and pans in the oven when not in use!
In no time at all, you will have everything organized with space left over for freedom.