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

Stylized Portsmouth Studio Apartment with Storage SpaceIf you live in a small Portsmouth apartment, it’s crucial to make the most of every square inch. Having your house neat and organized can be a real challenge if there is not enough space to work with. This is undoubtedly applicable if you share your small apartment with others. Fortunately, you can use numerous simple techniques to keep your personal belongings from overwhelming you and your home. Regardless of your decorating style, these organizational strategies can allow you to keep everything in your house in its proper place.

Hidden Storage

When space is limited, it is important to think about making your furniture do double duty. To add storage to a living room, think about inserting 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, choose storing off-season clothing or rarely used items under beds or other furniture. There are storage containers that you can purchase designed to fit under a bed. But if your bed is too low to the ground, consider installing risers to lift it a few inches. This will provide you with more storage space to store items that you do not need access to every day.

Shrink & Save Bulky Items

To save space when storing your sweater collection, blankets, or spare pillows, consider using vacuum bags. These bags form a tight seal around your bulky items, shrinking them down to a smaller size. They also seal out dust, which makes it an ideal way to store seasonal items. By keeping large and bulky items accordingly, you can easily store double the number of personal items in the same amount of space.

Hang It Up

Another option to make the most of your small apartment is to use walls to their full potential. Almost all small apartments do not have a hall closet, which makes it hard to determine where to store coats, hats, and umbrellas. Think about adding hooks or open shelves behind the door or on an adjacent wall to provide you more places to keep your things organized. You can apply the same principle for larger items, such as bicycles. Placing some sturdy hooks or pegs to a wall can help you find a convenient place to hang a bike or other big objects, freeing up floor space and keeping your belongings out from underfoot.

Utilize Nooks & Crannies

In some situations, making the most of your small apartment space means putting every nook and cranny to work. With just a few essential supplies, you can make the insides of cabinet doors, the back of bathroom doors, crawl spaces, attic spaces, and other places into storage areas for your belongings. Moreover, lots of closets and cabinets include odd corners or hidden places that may be perfect for storing items you don’t use daily.

Even just stacking boxes behind your hung clothing can offer a lot of extra storage. In the end, maximize your vertical storage space by placing shelves in different unused spots in your kitchen, entryway, bedroom, bathroom, and other places. When combined with decorative bins and baskets, your open shelving could turn out to be a storage-friendly accent piece for your apartment home.


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