Urban living often means two things: small spaces and bike-friendly commutes. If you live in a two-bedroom apartment, there is a good chance you are challenged with space constrains. These organizing tips are just a few things you can do within your apartment to maximize space, to keep organized, and to get the most use out of your living area! Basically, it will be like living in a bigger space, while not having to move.
1. In the Bedroom – Raise Your Bed
If your bed isn’t high enough off the ground to store bins underneath, you are not utilizing this space to its full ability. Start using this space by buying (or making) a bed lift that will raise your bed up just enough to utilize the space underneath. Consider purchasing clear bins that are constructed specifically to fit underneath bed, which are great for rotating items not in season or that you do not use every day, such as winter jackets or shoes.
2. In the Closet – Rotate Items by Season & Remove the “Long Bar”
We all fall into the trap from time to time of stuffing everything we own into a closet – jackets, vacuums, games, shoes, sports gear – you name it – it’s probably found its way into a closet.
If you want to maximize space in your closet, consider rotating your closet by season. Only items you will be using during the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter should go into your closet. Consider storing out of season items in storage bins below your bed or in other designated areas. Most closets are overcrowded due to the single long bar that exists inside. To increase storage space, consider adding another bar – The top bar should hang approximately 75 to 80 inches from the floor; the bottom bar, ideal for shorter items, should hang approximately 36 to 40 inches. This will allow you to essentially “double” the size of your closet. Also consider over-the-door organizers and hooks to hold jewelry, purses, scarfs, and more.
3. In the Kitchen – Maximize Counter Space
There’s no shortage of ideas to maximize space in the kitchen. Perhaps the most important place to increase space is on your counter tops. Use hooks and shelves along your walls to store items, as well as add a rolling cart in your kitchen to increase counter space. You can easily wheel it out when you need something and roll it away when you’re done. To clear even more room on your counters, consider what you really do and do not use on a daily basis. Once you have determined this, toss, sell, or donate anything you don’t use in the kitchen on a weekly basis.
4. In the Living Room – Hang the TV and Find Multi-functional Furniture
If you have an older television or a set that is not a flat screen, you won’t be able to hang your TV on the wall. However, if you do have a flat screen TV – hanging it on the wall will instantly free up space in your apartment or home. Consider maximizing storage space with multi-functional furniture, which will create the illusion of more space (think glass tables for eating spaces and couches with small legs). You can even position your furniture to create mini-rooms within your apartment to organize the flow of your space.
5. Room Separation – Floor to Ceiling Storage
If you have a tiny studio apartment – every space utilization decision is an important one. Consider a floor to ceiling open storage shelf system to place decorative items or books that you can access from either side. This will dramatically free up space in your apartment, and act as a decorative piece as well.
Additionally, make floating racks your best friend! Floating racks can immediately light up your space due to their decorative nature and ability to fit just about anywhere from the living room to the kitchen to the bathroom.
6. Across your apartment -Use appropriate color
Never underestimate the power of color when it comes to creating illusions and maximizing space. Interior designers follow guidelines based on studies of color and light theory to create the appearance of more space. Lighter colors, for instance, best reflect light and so create the appearance of space. Darker colors, decorative wallpapers and patterned fabrics shrink space and absorb light. Studies have shown lighter ceilings are perceived to be higher than darker ceilings. To create the illusion of “space”, you may want to reconsider painting your walls in lighter colors or resolving to light color wallpapers.