As I have already mentioned a few times before I live in a small one-bedroom apartment. We are talking one room with a built-in kitchen, a bathroom and a short hallway. Oh and there is also a fairly spacious balcony. (I am really excited to use it come spring and summer!)
You might read this and think – “hey, a one bedroom apartment sounds just fine!” – I should have mentioned that I don’t have the apartment all to myself but I actually share it with my boyfriend. So you can imagine with all of our stuff combined it does get pretty cozy in here.
After six months in this apartment I thought I would share some of my tips for making a small space work:
1) Keep things clean
A small space can look really messy really quickly, so we try to make sure that we do the dishes after a meal and put things away as we go. That way the space doesn’t feel as chaotic and cluttered. I generally dislike cleaning but one thing that has kind of made it easier is my new 15 min clean-up rule: Everyday I do some kind of quick cleaning for the duration of 15 minutes (I made a fun playlist to keep me entertained). 15 minutes is a time frame that is easy to manage/to squeeze in to a busy schedule and you can actually get a lot done in that time. Another thing which has totally made my week is that we have finally found a nice cleaning lady who comes in once every two weeks to do a deep clean.
2) Organize, organize, organize
Storage boxes and the like are your best friends. Having all your belongings organized and stored in a regular spot makes things look neat and feel inviting. Having many things out (for display or because of pure laziness) can make a small space look cluttered and appear even smaller than it is. So try to find systems that work for you and that you will actually stick to. It is not an easy task but once you have a proper systems things will be so much easier to tidy up and to maintain looking nice and fresh.
3) Be a minimalist
Be realistic and don’t bring too much stuff into a small apartment. This may be the most difficult of all the tips but really try to keep things minimalistic and size down to the absolute necessities. Especially with two people, the closet, shelves etc. fill up really quickly. When I was packing for my move I tried to be really strict with myself and I still ended up bringing more that I needed (after a few months I actually dropped the unused items off at my parents house for the time being). Thinking seasonally really helps here, so I tend to only keep clothes at the apartment that are weather appropriate.
4) Save space
There are so many cool designs for small spaces – just look at the IKEA site and it will give you some inspiration for making the most out of a small space. Anything multipurpose or fold-up is great! Although our apartment is tiny we can bust out a proper dining table that seats up to 6 – all because of fold-up wooden chairs and a very convenient fold-up table with storage drawers!
There you have my tips on living comfortably in a small space. I thought it would be fun to actually show you some of my favorite storage/organizing solutions around the apartment during the next few weeks. So keep your eyes peeled for that!
Happy Tuesday! x