Big castles, big cars, big bills! Is bigger always better? Find out all the ways downsizing from a house to an apartment could improve your quality of life – plus some downsizing tips for starting your smart move today! Read the rest of this entry »
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We tend to believe that bigger is better, but that isn’t always the case—especially in your living situation! Larger apartments often have higher rent and utility costs, and they take more time and effort to maintain and clean. And don’t forget how much money and work it takes to fill a larger home with furniture and décor!
If you’re starting to feel like your home isn’t the best fit for your life anymore, maybe it’s time to consider moving to a smaller apartment or even a furnished apartment. Not sure if you’re ready to downsize? See if any of these surefire signs it’s time to downsize feel familiar to you. Read the rest of this entry »
When you walk into your apartment’s kitchen, do you find dishes piled up in your sink, your cabinets filled with an explosion of Tupperware, and half of your knives M.I.A.? If yours is a small apartment, this predicament is understandable. Small apartment living is fraught with plenty of challenges when it comes to finding enough space in your apartment. Living and cooking in a small kitchen can be a challenge, especially if you’re not well-organized. You might even be discouraged from cooking altogether, since there might not be much room to slice, dice, or sauté in the first place. So what’s a small-apartment dweller to do? When it comes to small apartment living, even the messiest among us can make (pardon the pun) little changes that will make a big difference. Use these easy tricks and tools for small apartment living to turn your small kitchen into a clutter-free, cook-friendly zone.
It’s the Little Things
Don’t sweat the small stuff—hang it up instead! Oftentimes, teaspoons, mixer attachments, measuring cups, and other small cooking tools get thrown together into whatever small drawer is available in favor of making room for the big things in other drawers. Separate them and make them easy to access by using under-shelf hooks to hang up little cooking implements to eliminate mess. You can also put 3M-style hooks on the inside of kitchen cabinets to the same effect.
Dish It Out
Drying racks take up valuable counter space, so move those dishes up with a wall-mounted dish rack above the sink. They’ll drip-dry easily and out of the way. Suddenly, doing dishes by hand is much less annoying.
Put up a pegboard on a blank wall and use it to hang large cookware that won’t fit in any other cabinet. In fact, if you get creative, pegboards can be great for more than skillets. Rest your rolling pin on top of two well-spaced pegs, hang a basket up for smaller tools, or use individual pegs to hold up mugs and teacups.
Knives are really something you don’t want lying haphazardly in a drawer. Not only are they dangerous if you’re looking for a cleaver in a hurry, but all that jostling around can dull the blades. Get a magnetic knife strip and attach to your kitchen wall. Your knifes will stay safe and visible, and free up even more drawer space.
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Moving from a big apartment to a small apartment may mean less space, but it can also be a good thing — especially if you’re moving to a better location or will be paying less rent (and less in utilities) every month. If you’re ever in this situation, take note of our 5 ways to downsize when you’re moving to a small apartment…
Start early. If you leave everything to the last minute, there may not be enough time to get organized. Give yourself plenty of time to make your move as smooth as possible.
Take inventory. When you really look at what you have, you may be surprised to find out how much you don’t need, even in a large space. You might even find some things you’ve had but haven’t been using. Either way, once you know what you have, you’ll be able to plan for your move to the small apartment. And don’t just look at furnishings: include clothing, bedding and accessories you have as well.
Make a plan for your new space. Think about your new apartment and try to plan out what will go where. This will help you decide what to take and what to sell or donate. Since you’ll be starting fresh in a smaller home, a great option you have is getting creative with the new space. Consider small-space solutions like shelving and multi-purpose furniture (example: ottomans that can double as coffee tables and extra seating for guests).
Sell, sell, sell. Once you’ve figured out what you do and don’t need, consider selling the stuff you won’t be taking with you to your new apartment. There are plenty of websites that will let you place a free ad, and there’s also your newspaper’s classifieds section. Even Facebook has a classifieds section.
Donate, donate, donate. Have a friend or family member in need? A local thrift store, church, school or shelter? Whatever you do, don’t just send off that nightstand or La-Z-Boy to the dump — someone will probably be able to use it, even if you think it’s unusable or broken. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Living in an apartment can have significant advantages. For example, you often have maintenance staff that will help repair something in your living space if something goes wrong. You also have flexibility: If you want to change locations, all you’ll have to do is wait for the lease to be up. You don’t have to deal with trying to sell your house. However, as opposed to living in a house, space can sometimes be limited, especially if you live in a small apartment. You will need to make the most of the area you have. To help you do this, we’ve put together these tips for maximizing the space in your apartment.
Give Things a “Life Expectancy” of Usefulness
Still attached to that extra-small argyle sweater you loved in eighth grade, even though you’re now a foot too tall for it? We understand the sentiment, but still, that sweater is taking up valuable storage space. Consider reselling or donating it — or maybe even making it an heirloom and gifting it to someone else in the family. A good rule of thumb is, if it takes up space and you haven’t used it in over a year, strongly consider getting rid of it somehow. And don’t stop with clothes. Do you have any bulky and highly specialized kitchen equipment that you never use? What about an exercise bike that’s been a drying rack for six years running? It’s tough to be ruthless, but you’ll thank yourself with the extra cubic feet.
Think in Three Dimensions
Notice how we wrote “cubic feet” instead of the more common “square feet?” That’s because you need to start thinking of the space in your apartment in three dimensions. Creativity is endless in this department, but things like putting a wine rack on the wall to store rolled-up towels or hanging a basket from the ceiling to put fruit in are helpful space savers that free up floor space. Installing shelves is also a good idea.
Reduce, Reuse, and Save
These tips are just a few that will help you in your quest to make your apartment roomier. Don’t have a place of your own yet, or are you looking for a different one? Use our apartment search tools to get where you need to be.
Living in a Small Apartment – In Style
Small apartments don’t have to be short on comfort — or even storage. Maximizing space in a small apartment is entirely possible, and it’s a requirement, especially if you’re moving from a larger place.
A recent article in the Denver Post highlighted a few folks who are living in small apartments and getting the most out of their space. One person who lives in a 325-square-foot Los Angeles apartment sleeps on his sofa bed at night, using it as a couch during the day. He doesn’t really have a choice: his apartment is so small that it doesn’t have any kind of sleeping area.
Small Apartment Advantages
Sure, living in a small apartment can be a challenge, but as the article points out, it has its benefits. Residents can’t hold on to everything and often must keep around only the essentials. This is hard for pack rats, but reduces clutter and makes for simpler apartment living. Another advantage is small utility bills. Cheaper apartment rent and lower heating and cooling bill charges are possible when you’re living in a small apartment. With these turbulent economic times, a lot of apartment renters are thinking of downsizing to small apartments to save on rent or eliminate that spare bedroom.
While American homes and apartments have gotten bigger and bigger over the last three decades, people have recently been moving towards adopting more modest lifestyles, says the Denver Post. In fact, in a survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects, it was found that one-third of the 500 residential architecture firms surveyed were thinking small and designing smaller houses.
How to Survive – and Thrive – in Small Apartments
So how do you maximize space when you’re living in a small apartment?
- Be creative with the apartment’s space. For example, one Manhattan resident converted an entryway in a small apartment into a wall unit, complete with a desk and a space for storage.
- Use interesting lighting, like multiple sources of light in every room. This creates a sensation of greater depth, transforming small flat areas into more textured spaces.
- Consider going with a simple, small and clean design when you buy or rent furniture.
- Eliminate apartment clutter. Instead of having many small pieces of art on a wall, just get one larger, colorful one.
- A few months before you move to the small apartment, look at your possessions, especially the larger ones, and ask yourself: “Have I used this in the last year?” If not, it should be a candidate for sale, gifting, or donation.
- Start early! If you wait until the last minute, moving into a small apartment will be complicated by the lack of space. Just throwing everything into boxes and moving the boxes to the new small apartment isn’t going to work. Plan ahead and purge those inessential items from your life.
Living in a small apartment definitely has its advantages. It can be fun living simply while at the same time making a statement through your decorating choices. If you’re looking for a small apartment, we invite you to search for apartments using ApartmentSearch.com. Remember to claim your $200 reward after you’ve found the apartment of your dreams on ApartmentSearch.com.