Having lived in apartments of all types and sizes for nearly 6 years now, I can attest to the fact that living in an apartment has several advantages.
However, it comes with its fair share of limitations as well. The lack of storage space and small living areas are just some of them.
Yet, in a way, living in small spaces like an apartment can be a great way to start downsizing, organizing, simplifying.
You need to free up space and for that, you get rid of stuff, buy less and basically live simple.
Here are some of the ways to make living in a small space easy, fun and comfortable:
Make a List of Things to Get Rid Off
We, my husband and I, have a ready reckoner of things to get rid of. Basically, this helps us downsize effortlessly, all the time.
The list includes among other things:
- Books we’ll never read again and movies we’ll never watch again
- Appliances and items that are broken, beyond repair, of no use
- Old and shabby pillows, cushions and linen
- Toys, clothes and shoes that are outgrown or outdated
- Freebies from restaurants, hotels and grocery stores
- Pots and pans that haven’t been used in the last 3 to 5 years
Whenever we notice that something “fits” the list, we know its time to let it go.
A Place for Everything and Everything In Its Place
In small spaces, the need to keep everything in its place and have a “home” for all your stuff becomes more important than ever.
A little clutter looks like a real mess in an apartment. So, designate a spot for all your things. And make sure that they go there.
The next tip will make this job easier.
Make Labeling Your New Best Friend
Labelling is a simple and effective way of remembering the“homes” for your stuff. Having a jar labelled “Pens and Pencils” is an easy reminder to the spouse that pens need to go there and not just tossed on the table.
Labels also make it easier for you to remember what goes where.
I, for example, can never remember where I put the spare set of keys to the car and house. Having started labelling, it’s become much easier because now I just open the hold-all closet and can easily spot the box labelled “Spare Keys”.
Making Things Do Double Duty
Thinking out of the box (literally!) is essential to simple living in small spaces.
Turning empty glass jars into pen holders or spice jars, reusable grocery bags into laundry bags and old shoeboxes into stationery and craft supply containers are just some of the ways we’ve avoided bringing more containers into the house while storing essentials and must-haves.
Do read the following posts for more frugal, creative inspiration to organize and use what you have:
- Get Organized and Go Green
- 30 Simple, Cheap and Creative Organizing Hacks
- Get Organized with What You Have
Decorate Small Spaces Smartly
When buying furniture, linen or storage solutions for an apartment, be smart.
Think of whether the item can solve more than one purpose. Ottomans with built-in storage are one such option. Turn bookshelves into decorative spots with curios placed artistically with books and colorful boxes that hold stationery and office supplies. Curtains that decorate and camouflage are perfect for imperfect spaces.
Here are a few good reads to help you with ideas for decorating a small space
Do you live in an apartment? How do you make life in a small space easier and simpler?
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