Smaller condos and apartments have the benefit of being instantly cozy. However, sometimes it’s difficult to balance the modern lust for stuff while not driving yourself crazy with clutter. Check out our small-space tips to streamline your whole home.
Try to find and highlight furniture that does more than one thing: an ottoman that also provides storage, a bench to sit on, or act as a coffee table. Not only the perfect way to add character, versatile furniture is a great fit for any room, making the right statement in any living room, bedroom, or entrance way. Plus it’s easy to re-integrate these multi-functional pieces should you ever move to a new place. We love this solid wood storage bench.
A big enough closet can become a home office or reading nook for the kids with the right amount of planning. Just add some mood lighting and a well-chosen storage bench smothered with your favorite pillows.
If you really want to maximize storage, utilize the full height of your walls. If you reserve just one wall for shelving it won’t overwhelm or clutter your space. Keep your knickknacks on the top shelves, and your heavier items and books on the bottom, reserving the middle shelves for items that need to be accessed regularly. Or go for a smaller, quirky shelf that goes long on personality. We love this ladder bookcase with additional storage drawers.
Review your possessions twice a year, and keep only the things you use and/or love. Digitize all your media, free up space, and make some extra cash at your next garage sale by putting all your music and videos onto a hard drive or USB key. If you have vinyl, frame and display a few of your favorite albums for a space-saving pop of color on your walls.
Everything in Its Right Place
Use some small space shelving units for a practical, yet decorative touch. Having a place to stash everyday clutter will save you countless hours trying to organize your essentials. Opt for compact coffee machines such as the ever-famous Keurig brewing system, and keep all your K-Cups in check with a practical countertop organizer.
Minimalism may seem like an obvious choice for small spaces but it needn’t be boring. Keep things monochromatic with neutral walls and bedding, and add focal pops of color for instant interest. Additionally, consider incorporating some well-placed mirrors to give the illusion of a larger, more open space.