Many people are downsizing due to skyrocketing rent prices in the Issaquah and Greater Seattle area. Downsizing usually means living in a multi-person dwelling or a small single family apartment. When you give up space, it can be hard to keep your home running smoothly and in an organized way. Where are all my big items going to go? What about family heirlooms and antiques? How can I get the most out of the space I have? These are all fears we get when we move.
This is why we have put together a list of the 5 best ways you can maximize space if you are moving into a small apartment in Issaquah.
1) Declutter and Organize
The number one rule when it comes to small spaces is to declutter regularly. If you are going to be replacing some of your belongings, be sure to throw the old ones away. Make it a rule that you will not keep things you have not used in more than a year. Find an organizational routine that works for you and stick with it!
A good way of keeping things in plain sight is to use a bulletin board so that you can keep track of bills and important documents. In addition to this, you can group similar items into containers and label them in order to stay organized.
2) Go Vertical
When you live in a small space, using the space above your head is pivotal, especially if there is not much storage space already built into your apartment. If you have a closet, build shelves into the top, back area so that you can have more storage above your clothes. Look at stores like Ikea that have great tall and narrow shelving solutions.
3) Make Your Furniture Do Double the Work
If you live in a studio space or a one bedroom property but like to have guests over, convertible furniture is key. Consider investing in a good futon so you can have a couch and a bed all in one, or a sectional sofa that you can move around.
Buy a trunk to store large items like blankets and throw pillows that you can hide when you’re not using them. Remember, you could also use this as a table. Another handy trick is to use the backs of doors to hang jewelry or shoe racks.
4) Use Your Wall Space
There are so many things you can do with a wall beyond hanging a picture. Consider building multi-level shelving units to store items on your walls. If you don’t have a closet, getting a standing hanging rack will allow for more clothe storage. By hanging your brightest or nicest clothes on it, you could enjoy it as an art piece rather than just a functional unit.
5) Put Important Items into Storage
Sometimes there are items that are either too valuable, too fragile or have too much sentimental value to simply give away. However, these can be too big for your current living space. Consider using a climate controlled storage locker to keep these items from harm’s way. At On The Go Moving and Storage in Issaquah, we have specialized storage vaults that are perfect to keep your belongings safe. We wrap everything in a protective layer before strategically packing the vault to ensure the safety of its contents.
If you’d like to know more about how On The Go Moving and Storage in Issaquah can help you with your moving and storage needs, call us today at 425.947.5734. Alternatively, you can request a free quote by filling in the form on our website.