Living in an apartment can sometimes be nice! But when you have roommates, significant others, or even children, it can get very squishy and your once spacious living situation can become smaller and smaller. Here are a few ways to find the space that you need in a smaller living area.
- Command Strip EVERYTHING!
Now while I don’t command strip everything, I do live by command strips especially when you aren’t allowed to put holes in your walls. But this is a good way to remove items from your floor and open up your hallways. I like to put hooks for coats or shelves for knick knacks or plates and bowls if your apartment doesn’t have cupboards. I also found that hanging pictures are a lot easier than finding counter space for the thousands of picture frames with the thousands of pictures of family and friends (thanks Mom!). By keeping everything off the floor, there is more room for you and your roomies!
2. Bookshelf What you Can’t Command Strip
What I can’t command strip to the walls, I buy a bookshelf or a shelving unit for. I am going to let you in on a personal secret…. I love snow globes! I actually have a collection of over 35 snow globes. And while they are very beautiful, they take up a lot of space. I bought a bookshelf just for them because I didn’t have enough counter or dresser space to show them off. I also have a bookshelf for all of my books and movies that I have gotten over the years. There are cheap shelving units at Walmart that also work great in the bathroom for towels, hand towels, toilet paper storage, or for those chemicals you can’t keep under the sink because of little ones. Again, the more you can vertically store in your apartment the less you will have to horizontally store.
3. Totes on Totes on Totes
Now if you have to have storage, like me, I like to use totes. Totes are easy to stack, easy to access, and can fit many different items in one bin. I have a LOT of clothes, and my dresser (or two dressers and closet *sigh*) doesn’t fit all of my shirts, pants, sweaters, dresses, undergarments, tank tops, tshirts, long sleeve shirts, work clothes… okay you get the idea. So I keep what I am not wearing in totes. Usually I swap out winter clothes and summer clothes, but living in Wisconsin you keep a few sweatshirts and sweatpants out in the summer time as well.
This also works really well with children’s toys. Instead of a large toy box, find some fun colored totes that easily stack. You can have fun with the kids to color or decorate the outside of the tote to make it their own fun toy box. I luckily have an outdoor storage space connected to my apartment, but many people I know use their garage to store their totes. If you don’t have a garage, find some space in the back of the closet.