We’re back this week with even more great tips for apartment living
in small units. Even if you’ve been living in small apartments for years and are sure you’re a pro at managing organization, cleaning and furniture arrangement, read on. You may learn something new out of all these these great ideas we curated from our favorite blogs, like Re-Nest.
Try adopting a strategy of “one in, one out.” This means considering every new item you buy (from clothes and shoes to food items) as a replacement for something you already have. Get rid of the old version by donating, selling or tossing it. On that note, when you finish reading a book, swap it at your local used book store.
In small apartments, try to keep the size of individual possessions small, too. Buy small appliances and kitchen wares like pots and pans, and use a pot rack to keep things organized. Think about how multi-functional furniture and accessories will help maximize space, as well. For example, buy storage ottomans and a bed with drawers built in underneath. Or loft your bed so you can fit a desk or other furniture below it. Just getting your bed a little off the ground (no more box spring on the floor, people) is beneficial for storage purposes. As an apartment living rule, anything you don’t use on a daily basis should be stored somewhere, so you’ll need as many options as you can get.
When it comes to furniture arrangement, play with the different options by sketching them out on paper before you launch into the labor of moving heavy things around. If you never put much thought into how things should be arranged in your space, it’s not too late to make a refreshing change. Remember, don’t neglect the precious space that corners provide. This is also the perfect opportunity to paint and/or buy new furniture. But more about that next week on the apartment living blog.
For now, we’ll sign off with a reminder that ApartmentSearch.com is the best place to start before moving apartments, whether you seek a big or small unit. Find Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, Seattle apartments, and many more in our huge database.
Our friends over at green design blog Re-Nest compiled a list of their top 25 small apartment living strategies for maximizing space, getting organized and de-cluttering. Many of these ideas were contributed by blog readers who have plenty of real experience living and decorating in smaller homes. We’d like to share and discuss a few of our favorites from the list.
The idea of installing wall-mounted shelves might sound scary to those of us who aren’t exactly skilled at handyman activities, or those who aren’t planning to stay in a current apartment for long. But if it makes sense for your situation, you would be amazed at what shelves can do in apartments. Install them above furniture, doorways, or in those particularly cluttered areas that you tend to have a hard time keeping clean. With your stuff off the floor and off countertops or furniture, an illusion of spaciousness is achieved.
On that note, choose furniture with legs that provide at least a little bit of floor clearance for open air flow. Also try hanging various-sized cup hooks anywhere you can think of to help keep things off the counters and floor. We also love the idea of removing doors (even cabinet and pantry doors) for an open layout. You can always opt for curtains where privacy is needed.
Here at the apartment living blog, we’re always telling our readers to get rid of possessions they no longer use, need or love. De-cluttering isn’t the only way to make your living situation the best it can be, but it’s an important step toward that. Getting organized is a whole lot easier when you have a manageable amount of stuff to work with. Before you do buy something new, be discerning and think about where it will physically fit into the scheme of your apartment.
Maybe you’ve resigned and decided the space you’re in is just too tiny for your needs. To find an apartment that will open up interior decorating options for you, count on ApartmentSearch.com. We’ll help you search for Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, Seattle apartments, and others in your city.
There are positive and negative sides to everything, including small apartment living. If you are considering moving into a smaller apartment, the transition might sound scary. But it’s all about getting into the right mindset and planning ahead for the move. You will be forced to throw away or donate a lot of old stuff you’ve been holding on to over the years, and it’s likely you’ll end up feeling good about that. With strategic space planning and consistent de-cluttering efforts, you can enjoy the maximum living and storage space your new apartment has to offer.
Some people are pack rats, and it can be tough to shake those habits. But consider the benefits of a de-cluttered home and mind. When you keep around only the essentials, or things you have used within the past year, life will feel simpler. It can be very cathartic to go through old possessions like clothing, home decorations and electronic gadgets, and choose to get rid of unneeded items. You may even be able to sell a few things (via the internet, yard sale or consignment store) for some extra cash! Speaking of money, that’s the most obvious benefit of small apartment living. Your space my be smaller, but so will your utility bills and rent.
It makes sense for people to downsize to smaller apartments due to lifestyle changes or for financial reasons. Over the last three decades, American homes and apartments have only gotten bigger. But recently, particularly with the onset of “green” living initiatives, an increasing number of Americans are choosing more modest lifestyles. After all, did you really need that spare bedroom in your last home? Apartment living has its limitations, but there are plenty of conveniences and benefits to balance that out.
Remember to start purging those inessential items well before the move. That way you can move into the new place with fewer boxes to begin with. As you unpack in the new place, there’s a good chance you’ll decide to toss even more. Moving apartments means a new opportunity to de-clutter and organize your life. When you’re comfortable and at peace with your surroundings, that feeling will extend to other areas of your life, including general mental health.
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Our friends in the midwest and northeast can testify that when snow storms hit, they’re reminded of the conveniences of apartment living. We’ve been seeing buzz on Twitter about apartment management taking care of snow shoveling duties on and around properties in affected areas this week. For residents, this means one less stress associated with navigating these blustery days. Snow buildup is a safety hazard, after all. This is just one scenario in which apartment residents really appreciate onsite maintenance.
Opting for apartment living means you’re in the clear when it comes to grounds maintenance and landscaping. This makes renting apartments the ideal scenario for busy professionals and students, who don’t have time or interest in handling those concerns. Another of the most frequently sited benefits of apartment living is its flexibility. Not sure if you’ll be staying in your current city for very long? As a renter, you can stay open to career and educational opportunities in other cities or states. Even if you’re feeling pretty firmly rooted where you are, renting means you can try out different neighborhoods in your city and find your favorite before making the major commitment of buying a home.
Maintenance does more than make sure the outside of your complex is in good shape. You can submit a maintenance request over the phone or online anytime something goes wrong in your unit. Whether the dishwasher breaks down or the central heater has stopped working (hopefully not this month), you can usually get a quick resolution at no additional cost. This is not only simpler, but also much cheaper than having to track down a plumber or other specific technician to fix things around the house.
Speaking of money, that’s a significant reason to rent in and of itself. Apartment living is cost efficient because rent is generally cheaper than the mortgage payments associated with owning a home. Utility bills are even cheaper for an apartment than a house. So what are you waiting for? Time to find an apartment that’s absolutely perfect for you. Whether you seek a small efficiency studio or a 4-bedroom place to share with friends, ApartmentSearch.com can help. Use our handy search tools to track down Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, Austin apartments, Seattle apartments and more.
When it comes to choosing furniture for apartment living, a lot of folks will take whatever they can get. Hand-me-down furniture, vintage store finds and Craigslist bargains are pretty common in apartments, especially those inhabited by students or other twenty-somethings. Furniture can be expensive, and essential functionality is often the highest priority over any aesthetic concern. But at a certain point, you may want to consider switching out Mom’s old reject sofa for something that suits your personal tastes a bit better. You may want the chairs around the kitchen table to actually match the table (and each other).
Particularly if you’ve found an apartment you’re very happy with and are planning to stay longer than a year, it might be time to consider a redesign and furniture overhaul in your space. After all, this is your home, and it should reflect your personality and style. It should be comfortable, cozy and welcoming to you after a long day. If you’ve never put much effort into decorating or furnishing apartments before, you can’t imagine the feeling of satisfaction that comes with loving the look and feel of your home. And luckily, it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to achieve!
Design inspiration is all around. When you feel enthusiastic about transforming your apartment living experience with fresh interior decorating, it’s fun to hunt the internet and magazines for home decor ideas. You can see smart ways to arrange furniture in each room, and narrow down what you do and don’t like in terms of style. Make it your own by borrowing ideas from various sources and finding cost-efficient ways to make it your reality.
We do some of the work for you by tracking down the most useful blogs about maximizing apartment living in a small space. Simply follow us on Twitter @apartmentsearch, and become our ApartmentSearch Facebook fan to see interesting articles, ideas and more information. There are plenty of resources for keeping up with furniture news, trends and home living solutions, including our CORT furniture blog.