We all need a place to call home. Somewhere to rest our bones at the end of a long day doing whatever occupies our time. A space to relax, to enjoy with friends, family and loved ones. A location to make our own, to decorate and to nest.
But what if you live in a small space, like a studio or one-bed apartment? Storage will always be a major bugbear. But with a few smart tips and tricks, you can get inventive with your storage solutions.
In this useful article, we’ll detail some smart storage hacks to allow you to make the most of a smaller space.
Invest in Intelligent Storage Solutions
Sometimes a small space can feel cluttered because of a simple lack of efficient storage. For example, a drawer underneath your bed can be a great place to store your linen, towels, blankets and other bulky pieces of fabric.
Another option is a gas-lift bed base. This lifts to reveal ample storage space underneath your bed where you can place all those bulky items.
Vacuum Seal Bags are Your Friend
A vacuum seal bag works by packing clothes and linen into a bag which you then suck all the air out of using a vacuum. It works wonders in small spaces by compressing the volume of your clothes and linen.
For example, you may vacuum seal up your winter wardrobe during the summer months, then tuck it away until the weather gets colder and you need to get it out.
Store Your Stuff Elsewhere
For larger items or things that you are holding on to for sentimental reasons – like to give to your children, you could always rent a storage unit. This way, you don’t have to get rid of anything, and when and if you move to a larger place, you can take everything out of storage.
Declutter and Downsize
Another tip to make a small space work well for you is to assess the sheer volume of things that you have. It may be that the numbers don’t add up and you have too much for your home.
If this is the case, this means a perfect opportunity to declutter and downsize. Use the Marie Kondo method – pick up an item and ask yourself if it sparks joy. If it doesn’t, it is time for it to go.
You could donate your surplus goods, or even sell them on eBay, Gumtree or Facebook marketplace. This way, you make some money back.
A Word About Decor
In a small home, the less decoration, the better. For example, having your walls covered in art and photos may look good, but it can great the impression of a crowded and cluttered space.
The same applies to furniture. Having a full lounge suite in a studio apartment is inefficient.
Take a minimalist approach to both your decorations and your furniture. To create the impression of more room, be sparse with both.
Of course, hang some art and have somewhere to sit, but don’t go overboard. The idea is to match it with the amount of available room.
A Decluttered Conclusion
If you live in a small space, you’ll need to invest in intelligent storage solutions. Vacuum seal bags are a great way to condense your clothes and linen. You can always hire a storage unit for your larger items if you don’t want to get rid of them.
This can also be an opportunity to declutter and downsize, and you may even want to sell some surplus items. Be smart with your choice of decor and furniture – make your space work for you.