Look, we get it: you need space. You also need furniture. Luckily, there’s a way to get both without cramping your style! Convertible furniture lets you stay hip with your furniture while maximizing space in your tiny apartment. Read the rest of this entry »
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Whether you’re looking to store 7 bikes creatively in your garage, or just trying to save some space in your studio apartment, finding the perfect bike rack can be a daunting task. But the truth of the matter is that if you’re willing to spend a little time assembling or even building your bike rack from scratch, a lot of creative options are available.
Here are five bike storage ideas for all the bike enthusiasts in your life, varying from easiest to hardest in terms of execution.
1. For The “Creative But Busy” – The Bike Shelf
If you’re looking for a bike rack that’s easy-to-install, requires little assembly, and looks pretty neat, the Bike Shelf is a good option for you. Half-bookshelf and half-bike rack, it’s perfect for studio apartments or people who tight on space in general. After minimal assembly, the Shelf can go right up on the wall. It’s your choice what to put on top, but users usually opt for a few books. Read the rest of this entry »
Apartment living for college students comes with many benefits, but an abundance of storage space usually isn’t one of them. What can you do? If you’ve lived in a dorm room you probably already know a few tricks for saving space. Here are a few more for apartment living:
Furniture: Your furniture can do double duty for you, making apartment living much more pleasant. Purchase trunks to hold winter clothes, blankets, or other bulky items and use these as coffee tables or benches at the end of your bed. A low bookshelf behind your sofa adds storage and extra counter space. Ottomans are one of the most flexible pieces of furniture for apartment living and can be used as tables, footstools, extra seating, and for storage. When choosing a bed, add risers to create space for containers underneath or choose a loft style bed that can sit above your desk.
Wall Space: Take full advantage of your wall space with shelves and bookcases. Place shelves high on walls and above doorways. Bookshelves can go under windows and along hallway walls. You can even buy shelving units specifically designed for corners, which make great display areas in apartment living rooms. If you have large items like musical instruments or sports equipment, wall mounting them can save closet space.
Closets and Cabinets: To get the most out of your apartment living spaces, take full advantage of these. In closets, add extra shelves or hanging rods. Stack storage bins containing out of season clothes on the floor. You can even purchase hangers that stack to hold multiple outfits, an invention that is perfect for apartment living. In kitchen cabinets and under sinks add extra shelves too. Hang shoe racks inside closet doors and small organizing racks or rods on the inside of cabinet doors.
Keep It Clean: Apartment living is better when you keep your space cleaned up! Don’t leave shoes tossed around the floor, clothes strewn on the furniture, and mail piled on the kitchen table of your apartment. Living in a clean space is not only more pleasant, it also helps make your space appear larger.
Most of these solutions for improving apartment living are inexpensive and easy to implement. Even so, you may not be able to create enough space in your apartment. Living in small spaces is like that sometimes. You can always use ApartmentSearch.com to find Austin apartments, Dallas apartments, Phoenix apartments, or Seattle apartments, if you need to make a move to a new apartment that better fits your lifestyle and all of your belongings.
When you make a moving checklist , packing the kitchen is bound to be one of the biggest jobs. It may seem overwhelming (all those drawers and cabinets …), but we can help. Use these eight simple steps, and you’ll be ready to go faster than you thought possible.
1. Simplify. This should be the first step of your kitchen moving checklist. Go through each drawer and cabinet and get rid of anything you don’t really need. Why pack chipped glasses, nearly empty condiment bottles, or things you never use? Donate useful items to friends or a thrift store.
2. Gather your packing materials. Next on your moving checklist, purchase packing tape, bubble wrap, packing paper, and a variety of sturdy boxes. Use medium boxes for glass and heavier items. Large boxes work well for light but bulky items like baking pans.
3. Set aside the essentials. As part of your moving checklist, group the items you will need up until you leave your current apartment and as soon as you arrive in your new place. This might include paper towels, dish soap, a can opener, a sauce pan, coffeemaker, and a few dishes, glasses, and utensils.
4. Pack the nonessentials. You can get a jump on your moving checklist by starting with items you don’t use much. This may include cookbooks, vases, aprons, baking pans, and rarely used small appliances.
5. Pack breakable items. The next step on your moving checklist should be to pack up dishes, glasses, and any other fragile items. Wrap them carefully to prevent breakage. Extra dishtowels can be used as cushioning between plates.
6. Pack pots, pans, and utensils. Next on your moving checklist, pack your cookware. You can also wrap groups of utensils and cutlery and place them in this box.
7. Pack food items. As a last step on your moving checklist, pack your pantry. If you’re paying for your move, check the weight of each item and ask yourself if it’s worth the cost. Wrap glass items. Use medium-sized boxes, and don’t pack them too heavy.
8. Label and tape. To finalize your moving checklist, label each box clearly. This will make unpacking much easier. If some boxes aren’t quite full, use packing paper or newspaper to fill them in and keep items from shifting. Then tape each box securely.
That’s it! We know that packing the kitchen is just one step of a relocation, so we’ve created a printable moving checklist you can use to help you stay organized throughout the moving process. And keep in mind that if you find an apartment through us, you could get up to $200 back in Renters’ Rewards!
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.