One of the best and worst parts of living in an apartment is – storage or the lack of it.
What, you may want to know, is the best part about lack of storage?
It inspires you to think out-of-the-box and find multiple uses for the same things.
Let me explain, how I simplify life in our 2-bedroom apartment by making things do double duty:
Unusual Toy Storage Solutions
Toddlers have toys. They need them. Moms need a place to stash those toys. While I’d love to have a closet for my toddler’s toys, it ain’t happening. So, I use:
Plastic zippered bags to stash smallish toys in.
A spare laundry basket holds plush toys.
Toy buckets that my toddler uses to mop the floor with during pretend play hold her cricket bat, and other random toys.
A toy buggy is used to hold her collection of small cars.
Bathroom Storage Made Simple
Do you have an empty basket lying around? Great! Use it to corral all your makeup and toiletries. Turn a spare plastic tub into a laundry basket. Cloth bags behind the door hold magazines and bathroom reading material. No need for a magazine rack!
Double Duty Decor
While I am no interior decorating expert., I enjoy making things do double duty as decor items. Stacks of heavy books used as a side table or an old storage trunk used as a coffee table are some of my personal favorites.
More Ways to Make Things Do Double Duty
Glass Jars – This post will help you use all those spare glass jars while storing things neatly.
Cloth Bags, Egg Cartons and More – This post will help you reuse everyday essentials, such as wastepaper baskets, cheese tins, toilet paper rolls easily while creating more storage solutions.
Shoebox Storage – Learn about how I use shoeboxes to store office stationery in and get some more double duty storage ideas as well.
How do you make things do double duty in an apartment?
Photo Credit:: Chris Metcalf