Are you having trouble organizing small spaces?
Do you struggle to find a place for all of your stuff in your tiny apartment? I’ve never had that problem when living with my parents, but since I got married and moved to a smaller home, I had a hard time figuring out how to get all of my belongings into our small spaces. Plus, we wanted to invite as many friends as possible to come over. This way, w needed to make the best space and furniture choices for us. In the end we figured it out, and what we did might be helpful for you, so here are our 3 foolproof tips to organize and maximize your small spaces!
Get double duty furniture
Having a 42 sq ft/ 13 sq mt living and dining space is a challenge when you want to have guests.
We bought an extendable table that can have just one side open and works perfectly for our everyday meals, or you can open both sides and have space for 6-8 people to eat. Incredible, right? But it gets better! If you close it all, it almost takes no space. Also, it has some drawers where I keep tablecloths, napkins, etc…
You can size down on some furniture, like having a settee instead of a multiple seat sofa, but we needed one that could fit more people, and preferably doubled as a bed.
This one has it all really, it is very comfortable, fits 4 people seating and it transforms into a normal size double bed. When you open it to make the bed, you get access to the space below it, where you can storage anything you need. We used it for our winter clothes and spare pillows. You can find it in IKEA.
The same idea goes to our little stools, that fit under our TV bench and can storage all of our electronic things.
This one is Gold for us! In my office, we have shelves to put all of my books and storage my stationery collection, which I can’t live without. In our room we also have shelves instead of bedside tables because it would take too much floor space. If you use your walls instead of your floors, the rooms will feel less cluttered and more airy.
The same goes to when you are organizing your closets or cabinets. You can get shelf inserts, or put boxes on top of each other.
And finally the last one…
This is what it all comes down to. Not trying to get you on the minimalist wagon (I’m surely not one, but I really admire the concept, and try to incorporate some of the ideas in my life), but when having a smaller home, we need to ask ourselves what do we REALLY to keep, and what we can throw away or donate. Having less stuff makes me feel more efficient and way less frustrated when trying to find what I need.
Hopefully this has helped you in some way. See you next time!