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How to Make the Most of Your Space in a Small Apartment

Stylized Hennepin County Studio Apartment with Storage SpaceWhen you have a small Hennepin County apartment, you need to make the most of every square inch. Keeping your place neat and organized can especially be a challenge if you don’t have a huge amount of space. This is mostly the case if you share your small apartment with others. Fortunately, you can use your creativity to keep your personal belongings from overwhelming you and your home. No matter your decorating style, these organizational strategies can help you keep everything in your room in its proper place.

Hidden Storage

When space is limited, start thinking about making your furniture do double duty. To add storage to a living room, you could put a storage ottoman or side table. These pieces can help you keep throws, media cases, and other items organized and out of sight with large interior compartments.

Use the Space Under Furniture

To free up space in your closets and bookshelves, try storing off-season clothing or rarely used items under beds or other furniture. Purchase storage containers that fit under a bed, and if your bed is too low to the ground, think about putting in risers to lift it a few inches. This can provide a lot more space to store items that you don’t need access to every day.

Shrink & Save Bulky Items

To save space when storing your sweater collection, blankets, or spare pillows, try storing them in vacuum bags. These bags form a tight seal around bulky items, shrinking them down to a smaller, more manageable size. They also seal out dust, which is a great choice for seasonal items. By storing large and bulky items this way, you can possibly double the number of personal items you store in the same amount of space.

Hang It Up

Another way to make the most of your small apartment is to use walls to their full potential. Some small apartments don’t have a hall closet, and it’s hard to know what to do with coats, hats, or umbrellas. Consider adding hooks or open shelves behind doors or on an adjacent wall so that you have more space to keep organized. Apply the same principle to more oversized items, such as bicycles, for maximum use of your space. Installing a few sturdy hooks or pegs to a wall could give you a convenient place to hang a bike or other huge objects, freeing up floor space and keeping your belongings out from underfoot.

Utilize Nooks & Crannies

Indeed, if you want to enhance your small apartment space, consider putting every nook and cranny to work. With some basic equipment, you can transform the insides of cabinet doors, the back of bathroom doors, crawl spaces, attic spaces, and other areas into storage areas for your stuff. Many closets and cabinets have odd corners or hidden places that might be suitable for storing items you don’t use daily, as well.

Even just stacking boxes behind your hung clothing will offer a good amount of extra storage. Finally, maximize your vertical storage space by putting shelves in otherwise unused spots in your kitchen, entryway, bedroom, bathroom, and so on. When combined with decorative bins and baskets, your open shelving could become a storage-friendly accent piece for your apartment home.

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