Making the most of a small apartment is something I’ve become very good at over the years – I’ve moved once a year for the last five years! The first two years of the past five were spent in tiny dorm rooms, the next two were in shared apartments and now, Gary and I live in a 472 sq ft. apartment. Talk about small! Therefore, I have deemed myself the “queen of making the most of a small space.” Here are my tips to make the most of your tight space:
01. Clean as you go. I’ve talked about how I clean as I go in my own life and I find that it really does help! In such a tiny living space, the smallest mess can make your whole apartment look cluttered. Make sure you clean up the kitchen before you go to bed, make your bed in the morning, hang up all clothes (don’t leave them lying around on that chair in the corner), hang up all towels in the bathroom, and clean off your desk space. The difference I’ve seen when I pick up whatever I’m using when I’m done with it is amazing.
02. Organize, organize, organize! I can’t even tell you how much organizing makes a difference in a room’s appearance. For example, we have tons of board/card games and they just sat all over our shelves and it made me anxious every time I looked at it, so I gave Gary the job of organizing them. He organized them all in a puzzle format under our tv stand and they don’t look messy anymore (although I can’t wait for a storage closet to hide them away in)! One item to make organizing easier are clear tubs. They allow you to organize everything – off-season clothes, board games, shoes, anything. Plus, they’re super easy to slide under the bed out of view!
03. Get creative. With limited space, you’ve got to get creative! Try putting items where you wouldn’t normally think to put them. Put your nail polishes in a bowl on the coffee table, store your q-tips in a mason jar, or hang your shoes on a peg wall!
04. Buy furniture that doubles as storage. One of the best pieces of furniture we invested in was a couch that has storage underneath. This is where we house our Christmas decor, tripod, studio lights, extra bedding for guests, and overnight bags. It’s the perfect place for those random things you don’t have space for. Plus, it’s hidden away out of sight!
05. Invest in furniture that has dual uses. If you have a cramped space, buy furniture that you can use for multiple activities. For example, find a dining table that doubles as a desk or a couch that doubles as a bed. This will allow you to have more room for all of your other belongings instead of wasting space with furniture that has only one use.
Do you live in a small space? If so, leave me a tip down below!