Maybe your kids have moved out or gone to college, and you find that having a multi-bedroom house isn’t necessary anymore. Or, maybe you’re just tired of taking care of a large residence and would rather live somewhere that’s more manageable. No matter the reason, a smaller home or apartment requires a bit more strategy when it comes to organizing — and if you’re used to living in a large house, moving into a smaller space can be a challenge. However, a smaller home provides a great chance to declutter your life and achieve independence from your belongings.
Maximizing Space in Your Small Home
The most important part of maximizing the space in a small house is to make sure you are using all the space you have available. If you’re looking to organize your small apartment or home, there are a few tips that can help you maximize the space you have available.
1. Invest In Multipurpose Objects
One way to maximize a small living space is to have fewer furniture pieces to meet the same number of needs. From armchairs for sitting to cabinets for storing items, there are plenty of opportunities to take up space, but one of the best ways you can increase the space in your home is by buying furniture that can serve multiple purposes. For example, you can get a futon that’s also a storage box, or a coffee table that doubles as a bookshelf. That way, you can save space without having to give up furniture. And, many of the options available come in different styles and designs to fit your particular needs and vision for your living space.
2. Look To The Ceiling
As you try to figure out how to fit items into a space that seems too small to contain them, think upward. Try building shelves that reach up to the wall and toward the ceiling, where you can display certain items that would otherwise be stored. You can do the same with plants, which can be placed on shelves going up vertically rather than on a table stretching out horizontally. This helps save floor space while also adding a more decorative element to your living space.
3. Utilize Kitchen Walls
You can maximize space in a small apartment kitchen by using the walls as an extra place to store cooking implements, dishware, and even produce. Install hooks to hold items like cutting boards and colanders if they’re taking up too much space in one of your drawers — just tie a small rope or piece of twine through the hole in the board and hang it on the wall. Shallow wall shelves can be used to store small items like cups or glasses, and you can do double duty by hanging whisks, spatulas, ladles and other handheld tools from hooks on the bottom. You can also store produce vertically along your walls by utilizing a planter or shower caddy to contain vegetables and fruits that don’t need to be refrigerated.
4. Stack Sideways When Possible
In many situations, stacking items side-by-side rather than on top of each other can save a lot of space, especially as doing so helps you layer more items in total. Usually, the horizontal space you have in a cabinet shelf or drawer is larger than the vertical space, so you can fit more items in the same area — while also staying more organized because you don’t have to worry about rummaging through everything when you need to find what you’re looking for.
5. If You Don’t Need It, Get Rid of It
If you’re moving, it’s important to get rid of items you won’t need before the move, this way you’ll have less to move and be able to save time and money. There are some items that you just won’t need in your smaller space, and it’s better to donate, give away to friends, sell or simply throw them out than to try to store them in your new place. For example, if you have a lot of home care or yard-specific items (like a lawn mower, ladder or patio furniture), you may not need them anymore if you don’t have a yard or if your landlord will take care of issues with the apartment.
If you’re moving, once you’ve decided what to bring, arrange for moving services to bring everything to your new place and help make the process of fitting into your small space easier. On the Go Moving provides professional moving services that take the stress out of your move. Contact them today to begin your moving process!