As the economy changes and more and more young people are looking desperately for somewhere to live, it makes sense that more of us are starting to live in very small spaces. There are definite perks to living in small apartments – lower bills, less cleaning, lower rent – but in your day to day life, there might be a few problems that arise. Here are some tips to help you out…
Be Rigorous About Tidying
First of all, it’s important to be extremely organised. Don’t keep things that you don’t need – clutter will make a small space seem even smaller, which means that you need to be ruthless about what you throw away. Decluttering your space can be a hard thing to do – why not read Marie Kondo’s tips on how to tidy up and declutter? She says that unless an item sparks joy inside you, there isn’t any point in keeping it – instead, thank it for its purpose in your life and either trash it or donate it. That’s a tip to live by!
Consider New Storage Solutions
One of the most important things you can do when you’re trying to make the most of living in a small space is considering how you store things. If it’s a temporary stay in a small studio apartment, you could consider renting a storage unit. Asking yourself the question ‘how much storage do you need?’ is a good way to figure out what exactly you should do – and if you simply don’t have enough space and you don’t want to donate too many of your loved possessions or items of furniture, a storage unit could be a great investment. If you don’t need to go that far, it’s time to get inventive – look at your apartment and figure out what spaces you could add storage to. Hanging units on the walls will add storage without taking up floor space and it’s also a good idea to invest in taller bookshelves so you don’t get that area of dead space on the wall above it. You could also hang up units on the backs of your doors to keep things like shoes in.
Invest In Multi-Tasking Furniture
Multi-tasking furniture is a great idea for everyone, whether you’re living in a small space or not. A couch that pulls out into a bed is great for anyone expecting visitors who doesn’t have a spare room, for starters. Fold-up chairs and tables are a great idea if your home seems cluttered whenever you leave them out, and if you have a footstool then make sure it’s one that opens out so you can keep things inside it. Instead of side tables, go for cupboards or small chests of drawers.
Finally, it’s time to split your living space into different zones, particularly if you live in a studio apartment. Use room dividers to split your bed off from the rest of the room so you have a restful sleeping zone. You could even use your closet or shelves to split it up – or if your space is really small, use curtains around your bed.