1. TV Stand
Turn your TV stand or coffee table into storage. If you put together some plastic bins or drawers, you can cover them so that nobody will be the wiser. That will free up quite a bit of visible space, helping you to feel less cluttered. You can find these bins at Wal-Mart, Home Depot, or any other place like it. Be creative in finding some covers for new storage/TV stand.
2. Travel Case
A simple bathroom solution would be to get a multi-use travel case, like this one from StrongMoms and hang it from the door. There are several pockets and containers in this little case. We keep small bottles, such as nail polish in the bottom pocket, then fill the center pocket with nail clippers, tweezers, etc.
Raise your bed with something very sturdy, like cinderblocks or hard plastic storage crates. Doing so will allow you to place a whole lot of stuff underneath. It makes for a convenient, easy-t0-hide storage area. You might be able to stow a nightstand under there, which will free up quite a bit of bedroom space. In fact, you could even eliminate a dresser by putting some bins or drawers with clothes under the bed. That’s nice.
If you do have a dresser that’s driving you crazy, you might like to see if it fits in the closet. That might seem strange, but if you can actually get your dresser in the closet, imagine all that extra space.
You might need extra permission for this, but it might be useful to hang up some shelves around the apartment. This will help keep things off the floor, and that always helps keep the place clean.
Get a laundry bag you can hang up. Hang it up on the wall. That will give you some floor space and will keep your clothes from gathering that musty scent.
7. Plastic Drawers
Buy some small plastic drawers that you can keep in the kitchen and the bathroom. For all that stuff that inevitably ends up living on the countertop, get some small drawers and just put everything in there.
8. Shoe Basket
When you need your shoes, they seem to be missing. When you don’t need your shoes, they seem to be right in the walkway. Try getting a basket that you can put by the front door or by your bedroom door. Get into the habit of dropping your shoes in there every single time you walk in the door. It will be nice not to have shoes scattered everywhere.
9. Odds & Ends
There are really weird things that don’t exactly fit in drawers or closets and that fall off of hangers too easily. Belts, scarves, and ties can be so annoying. Use a plastic over-the-door hanger. They have about ten knobs to give you plenty of space to hang up all those loose items.
Applying these principles of storage for small spaces should make your life feel much less cluttered and burdensome. Again, if you have your own suggestions or ideas, share them with us in the comment section below. And, as always, get down with your social self with any or many of the buttons around.