Those who live in small apartments know all the troubles brought by lack of space. Actually, no matter how many people you live with or where you live, lack of space somehow always poses a problem. Organization of your living space can present different challenges, even if you have sufficient room. Cleaning up some of your things is one of the solutions, but there’s always stuff that you don’t want to part with. Here’s how you can add some smart storage solutions to your home and carve out some more space.
#1 Door Racks
Door racks are usually advertised as storages for makeup, shoes, bathroom supplies, and similar items. Forget about that and just give them whatever purpose you want. They are great for keeping cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, and even your child’s small toys or art supplies.
#2 Hanging Baskets
Hanging fruit baskets can be quite beneficial to your kitchen or small bathroom. The best thing is that they can easily be installed and removed. Whatever you want to take off your counters and declutter your space, you can stash it in these baskets.
A large bookcase may be the most useful piece of furniture you could own. You can use it for books, logically, but you can use it to organize a lot of other items that you use every day – craft supplies, records and CDs, dishes, and even your kid’s toys. You can buy it new or get it cheap at a thrift shop. Add some bins, hooks, and baskets in the mix, and they’ll work perfectly for non-book things.
#4 Book Gutter
Grab some plastic rain gutters from all the roofing materials section, spray paint them, and hang them on the wall. A simple DIY book gutter project that would work well for books and other smaller items.
Now, finding a purpose for adhesive hooks in your home is not that hard of a job. You can find a thousand ways to utilize them around your apartment – hang clothes in your bedroom, jackets in the hallway, stowing pot covers on the kitchen cabinet doors, or even smaller flowerpots in your living-room.
#6 Corner Storage
Corner shelving nooks might be what you need, if you don’t like the industrial look. Visit your local home improvement store, go to the organization section, and grab some basic shelving brackets. You can spray paint them to match the interior design of the room you wish to put them in, because they usually come in plain white color. For storing lighter items and saving some money, purchase narrow boards for top shelves.
#7 Laundry Dresser
If keeping your clothes off the floor is a problem, than a laundry dresser can be a stylish and smart solution. You can buy one or take a DIY laundry dresser project into your own hands. On the other hand, if you don’t have that many clothes or you’re working on a minimalist wardrobe, you can use it to organize various belongings from office supplies to kitchen gadgets.
#8 Clothing Rack
If your apartment is so small that it hardly has any closets, get yourself a good garment rack. You can make it yourself which might cost you a bit more than simply buying one at Ikea, but you’ll get more flexibility since you’ll be able to customize the design.
#9 Custom Shelving
There are so many great DIY shelving projects to find. Plywood boards and pipes can be configured in any way to please your function and aesthetic needs. Find flanges, connections, and pipes for the shelving framework at the plumbing section of your local hardware store. Next, find some boards or have them cut in the lumber section.
#10 Mobile Storage
If you own so much things that they simply can’t be stored in your small apartment, the best solution is a mobile storage unit. These mobile storage containers are well protected, keeping your belongings safe. You load it with your items and pack them properly. After that, your unit is then transported to a warehouse, where you can access your things at any time.
Don’t lament over not having space to keep everything you need, but make more room yourself. Use these 10 simple tricks to declutter your small apartment and enable yourself to “breathe more freely”.