Whether you’re starting out in your first apartment, are downsizing, or have simply run out of storage space, you’ll be surprised at how a little creativity can go a long way to expanding your storage options. Older homes, small condos and studios are often short on roomy storage options, so keeping only what you really want or need is the best first step.
Step 1: Declutter
The first step is to get rid of stuff you don’t need or want. Take a good hard look at your home and decide what you want to keep, give away, donate, discard or sell.
Step 2: Plan and prioritize
Design your small space to suit your lifestyle, and what is most important for your living needs and activities. For example, if you work from home, you will need an efficient and comfortable work space. If you enjoy entertaining, you’ll want an efficient kitchen and area to relax with family and friends.
Step 3: Look at your current storage areas
Take an inventory of your storage areas to determine if you are using them to their full potential before buying anything.
Step 4: Take action!
Now you are ready to make decisions based on this critical review of your belongings, storage space and furniture.
Have you tried folding your clothes into upright parcels, as popularized by Marie Kondo? This clever Japanese organizing technique helps you find the clothing item you want quickly without having to rummage through all your clothes, and frees up more space.
Finding storage space in a small bathroom can be tricky. Add cabinets, narrow shelving, baskets and hooks. Above-toilet and under-the-sink storage shelves are also a great solution for small bathrooms. Use stacked risers on shelves and under the sink to use up even more space. They come in a variety of sizes and can be used in almost every room of the house.
If you or people you live with work from home, placing desks in different parts of the room will help to minimize distractions. Opt for lighter weight, streamlined desks to give a feeling of more space. Fold-down desks and consoles are also great space savers.
Wall-mounted organizers are the answer for keeping office supplies at hand. Some have document holders and a white or cork board to post important notes.
It’s easy for toys to take over an entire room in the most spacious of rooms, nevertheless cozy areas. Try placing shelves, crates or baskets along the wall on the floor. This child-level storage will make tidy-up time fast and easy, and will encourage your kids to help.
Use dressers and cabinets to help reduce that cluttered look and safely stow away smaller items such as art supplies that usually need adult supervision.
Try these ideas to make your space feel lighter and airier.
Living in smaller spaces can be challenging at times, but also very satisfying; we keep only what we need, consume less and make a smaller footprint on the environment.
Once you have taken some time to improve your storage areas, you’ll be surprised at how much easier it is to find what you need quickly, and you’ll have more time to enjoy doing the things you want to do at home!