While it’s true that not much can be done about the rising costs of apartments and properties, there is plenty you can do to make the most of the limited area you have.
As you might expect, the key to tiny living is to expand your storage areas or else find a suitable storage unit for rent near you.
Here are some things to think about when planning your self-storage or storage rental needs.
Utilise Vertical Storage
Having a wide cabinet will take up more space than you might expect with empty, unused space on the walls that you could have utilised better rather than hanging paintings and decorations.
Extend wardrobes, shelves or cupboards to the ceiling for a less cluttered storage space.
If you are going to buy some new seating for your home, why not store some items in the sitting areas?
Rather than purchasing a big, bulky couch, you can opt for one which has empty spaces for you to stow away boxes of books, toys or any other less-used items.
You have cabinets and cupboards – that’s a good first step, but what about the sides of the cabinet where you can attach an additional shelf to store more items?
For best effect, add on these additional storage spaces in hues that will match the rest of the room’s colour schemes.
No Closet Doors
In areas like your living room, you might have a small storeroom with a nice door on it. However, this door eats up precious floor space – especially when you need to open and close the door!
Instead, replace the door with something akin to a curtain closure, and you’ll be able to fit a couch right where the door would have needed to swing.
Where there are empty walls, overhead shelves or cabinets can be fit upon them.
Get some nice shelving that can fit in nicely above the couch that you have pushed against the wall, or store your cooking spices on a simple overhead cabinet just above where you stow away all your cooking utensils.
Why have furnishings that will take up too much space even when they are unused?
Get chairs, tables and even beds that can fold away neatly when unoccupied, and the area can double as an exercise space, play area for your pet and much more.
Just set your furniture up with a simple gesture when you need to use it again.
Behind the Door
You know those shoe holders you hang behind the door? The ones with pockets for you to fit your shoes? You can most definitely use those for more than just shoes!
These cheap storage options can be hung behind every door for anything you can imagine: shirts, makeup items, pens and pencils and much more.
Have an unused fireplace at home? These slots are perfect for unique and charming book arrangements and more.
Get creative with how you store your items, and you will never need to buy any pieces of decoration for these areas – and that’s more space saved!
Electronics like printers or scanners are not used often. Why not keep them safely tucked away in drawers when they are unused?
And extra table space that results from this simple step can give you more working space on your desk or counter.
Don’t Forget the Windows
Windows are great for letting in natural light, but large windows might also turn out to be wasted space.
As long as you leave enough space to open and close the window effectively, why not attach a simple hanging rack on the panels on top of your window?
You can also add another simple shelf around the middle of the window area to fully utilise the empty space, as well.
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