It has been said that “bigger is better”. But is it? Is bigger really better, or have we fallen victim to a preconceived notion that should have disappeared around the same time as Blockbuster Video? As we recover from the economic downturn that scarred our country a few years ago, builders have once again begun to develop multi-family communities on an epic scale. Renting has evolved to the preferred living situation for the majority of Americans. Free from the burdens of an oppressive mortgage, many people who enjoy the apartment lifestyle are able to seek out the best of these new apartment offerings. Others, in a quest to save money, have sought more affordable apartment options from previously established apartment communities. But one thing that all apartment shoppers have in common is the quest to find an apartment with the right amount of space. Read the rest of this entry »
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Apartment living calls for good organization, especially when it comes to storage. With the holidays almost over, it’s time to think about how to stow your Christmas decorations for another year. Taking the time to get organized this year will make next year’s decorating go more smoothly. We’ve got some storage suggestions that can make apartment living a little tidier.
Get prepared. To start, gather the materials you’ll need. Good apartment living storage options include clear plastic boxes, shoeboxes, and large zip-top plastic bags. If you have precious ornaments, you may want to invest in archival storage boxes. Tissue paper and bubble wrap are also handy. Have a permanent marker on hand to label your containers. Then get busy!
Make a “first box.” You’ll find future apartment living simpler if you start by making one box that holds first things you will need as the holidays approach. For instance, it might include your holiday cards, gift paper and ribbon, tape, gift tags, and tree stand. Label this one “first box” and put it on top when you store your holiday items.
Store your decorations. Apartment living is merrier when you decorate for the holidays. When it’s time to take your decorations down, store them properly and label each large container.
Ornaments. Use plastic or archival boxes with individual compartments. Sort ornaments by size and durability. Wrap glass ones in tissue paper or bubble wrap. Ornaments are light, so you could put all your ornament boxes into one large plastic storage box.
Lights. Nothing brightens up apartment living like twinkling holiday lights. To store them, wind each strand carefully and place it in its own large zip-top bag or shoebox. Put all the bags or boxes of lights into one larger storage box.
Wreaths. Wreaths can be wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in its own box. Store the wreath hanger with your wreath.
When it comes to small apartment living, shelving units can be incredible space savers. They offer good aesthetic quality to your home and add some flair to your small capacity for storage. The key is to break up space in interesting and eye-catching ways, but also make practical use of your shelves to maximize storage space. Vases and art are great for bookcases, but when you are considering the wall or a shelving unit as another place for storage in small apartments, practicality comes first.
Here are some ideas:
- Colorful photo boxes or hat boxes offer more color and can be stacked to optimize space, and hide items that clutter your apartment.
- Arranging books horizontally will not not only break up the space on the shelves, but also serve as natural book ends by anchoring your vertical books.
- Uniform, all-one-size, glass jars aligned along the shelf are a great place for colorful tacks, scrabble tiles, colorful candy, sea shells, and even spices. Extra tip: Store cinnamon sticks or dried lavender in a jar and open when you have guests or need a calming dose of aromatherapy.
- For records or magazines, utilize the typically roomy bottom shelf by using painted milk crates or large wicker baskets. Extra tip: Records should always be stored upright and vertically, not flat or leaning. Stacking or leaning them for a long period of time may warp the records.
- How about a bookshelf herb garden? It is really simple to do if you have ample light. However, if you have minimal light exposure in your apartment, choose plants like mint, parsley, violet, and echinacea. These herbs do well in shady conditions.
Small space does not have to mean limited options. Small apartment living limitations are just another way to spawn creativity! 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.
Last week, we finished off our apartment living blog post with some suggestions for furniture arrangement in your small apartment. We advise experimenting on paper with different sketches of how you could potentially arrange each room. And don’t overlook the fact that furniture rearrangement is the perfect time to consider painting your apartment.
Different apartments will have different rules for painting/repainting your unit, so consult a manager at your leasing office before making plans. Most likely, you will have to paint the walls white again before moving out. So as long as you’re planning to stay in your apartment for a while, it’s easily worth the effort to do some painting for a more aesthetically pleasing apartment living situation.
You have a few options, the most popular of which is to choose a neutral color scheme that uses varying shades of the same color with a few bold pops here or there. Or, you can go totally bold to make a great impact. Did you know dark colors hide the corner shadows that tend to highlight the smallness of apartments? Whichever route you decide to take, keep your colors cohesive with each other.
Lighting is a crucial element, no matter what color scheme is at play in your small space. Bring in as much natural light as possible by installing airy curtains and keeping windows open whenever possible. Your apartment will feel more open and bright. In tandem with that, pick up some fresh seasonal flowers to display for a lively touch. If you’re interested, invest in a longer-lasting potted plant like an orchid or cactus, for a continuous infusion of color and life in the unit.
Apartment living doesn’t have to look cramped. Make strategic use of mirrors and other reflective surfaces to give an illusion of more space. Scale back on visual clutter by rotating which collections of small objects you keep on display— kind of like an art gallery.
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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.