Most of us have probably had to live in a smaller home than we wanted to at some point in our lives – actually, we all would probably take a larger place to live if we could get it. But even if we are dreaming of having a larger place in the future, that doesn’t mean that we can’t make our current place as comfortable as possible. Here are a few tips on how to work a little extra storage space out of a small home.
A great technique, one that will win you fans of home designers everywhere, is to use decorative storage boxes to both store your things and decorate a room at the same time. Imagine an antique trunk in a living room that gives it a unique point of view, or a decoupaged box that matches the walls. These effectively use the same space for two separate things, which is literally doubling the amount of space you have in that one spot.
Or use vacuum storage bags to keep your long term clothing tucked away. These bags can be vacuum sealed after they are filled, which can reduce their size by as much as 40%. That’s a lot of extra room! Vacuum seal as much as you can and tuck them away tightly – they’ll be perfectly safe until you get them out again.
Finally, make sure you have furniture that is working with you, rather than against you. Does your TV stand have a cabinet you can put things in and close? Does your bed and dresser have space underneath it for extra boxes? Every little bit of space adds up to a lot of extra room so don’t be afraid of finding these little spots.
Extra space means more open room, and therefore you’ll feel less cluttered and closed in. It’s an excellent thing to do, to make sure you don’t go crazy in your apartment. Good luck!