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May 14, 2019

How to Make the Most out of Your Small Apartment


There’s a lot to love about your small apartment! It’s cheap and easy to clean. However, sometimes the lack of space can provide unique challenges and perhaps prove to be frustrating. Whether you are renting a small apartment or perhaps own a small home, read on to learn how to breathe new life into your small space and make the most of every square inch! 

Double-duty furniture

The biggest problem faced by those living in a small space is storage. Give yourself plenty of storage space by investing in furniture that can serve double duty. For instance, a night stand that also has drawers for books, a workstation with shelves or an ottoman for seating and storage. Shelving can also double as a room divider! Also, make sure your bed frame is tall enough to fit storage baskets and crates underneath it. 

Add wall hooks to your entry

Hang a couple of hooks by your door to keep yourself from throwing your coat and bag on a chair as soon as you get home. These hooks are also great for hanging guests’ coats when you have visitors. Worried about keeping your security deposit? Try removable command hooks. 

Mirrors

Mirrors reflect light and can make your space feel bigger by creating the illusion of depth. 
Keep your surfaces clear 
Nothing makes your space feel smaller than clutter on you counters and workspaces. Keep clutter at bay by sorting mail as soon as you bring it home and using a desk organizer to sort important paperwork. 

Baskets are your friend

Only display things that tell a story or reflect you as a person! Everything else is clutter that you (and others) don’t want to look at. Use baskets to organize miscellaneous items on shelves and under furniture. 

Learn to live minimally

Take the time every season to go through your wardrobe. In true Marie Kondo fashion, ask yourself, “does this bring me joy?” If the answer is yes, neatly put it away. If the answer is no, donate it to a local charity or drive, friend or family member.

Mount your TV

Mounting your TV on the wall will save you floor and surface space. Mounting a television is also safer if you have children or know that children will be visiting your apartment. 

Downsize your dining table

How much do you entertain? If the answer is “not often,” consider trading in your rectangular table for a small, round model. Go with what’s going to work best for you on a day-to-day basis. 

Neutral walls

If it’s OK with your landlord, consider painting your walls a neutral color such as grey, white or cream. This will trick the eye into thinking the space is bigger than it is. 
Follow these tips to love re-kindle your love with your small space and make the most of the place you call home.



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