Learn how to make the most of your apartment space with clever storage hacks.
7 Space-Saving Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
BY SUZANNE DAVIS
We’ve all been there…living large, but not necessarily in the expansive 20,000-square-foot abode of our celebrity fantasies. That’s okay. Sometimes, smaller is better (and easier to care for!). But when you live in a smaller home, how do you live your best life without it cramping your style?
Don’t have storage wars — use these seven space-saving storage hacks instead, whether you live in a micro-apartment, a studio, or a spacious two-bedroom with more plants than you can handle.
1. THE BED NEVER SLEEPS…
…at least when it comes to storage. After all, it’s got a job to do. Even the humblest bed frame can lift a mattress up high enough to get storage boxes underneath it. Say no to plastic bins, and choose something more substantial, like canvas options that #keepitclassy. Or consider taking it a notch further with a bed specifically designed for under bed storage. Even
has gotten into the storage bed market, offering up sleek beauties with sturdy drawers tucked below dreamland — ideal if you like to keep your books close but hate the visual cacophony of spines on an otherwise restful nightstand.
2. MAX OUT YOUR HIDDEN STORAGE
Did you know that your cabinet doors themselves are a secret treasure trove of space? In the bathroom, you can pick up an over-the-door shelving unit to hide away your lesser used toiletries and that shampoo you discovered in Paris and are savoring. (Just make sure you have enough of a gap between the top of the door and frame to fit!) The same goes for your kitchen. Storage companies have come up with hidden units aplenty that don’t require screwing into your cabinet doors themselves — some simply hang and await your overflow tin foil and cutting boards.
3. LAZY SUSANS AREN’T THAT LAZY
Your grandparents were on to something. Putting rotating displays inside your cabinets allows you to easily reach your multitude of spices (in the kitchen) or self-care products (in the bathroom). Bonus: A less-cluttered, more organized vibe awaits every time you open your cabinet doors.
4. INVEST IN STORAGE OPTIONS GALORE
The well-designed kitchens at Sentral, like here at Sentral SoBro in Nashville, will get you started on the right foot when it comes to storage.
Just because Carrie Bradshaw kept sweaters in her oven, doesn’t mean you have to. Retailers like The Container Store have something to streamline every nook and cranny of your abode, thereby maximizing your ability to stash seamlessly. Drawer organizers mean you’ll never have to dig for your soup spoons again (they even have an extensive collection designed with
The Home Edit
to help you store and organize, well, pretty much everything). Meanwhile, their multitude of shoe organizer options will allow you to indulge in your collection obsession without holding back.
Depending on where you live, your space may already have many of the tools you need to keep things tidy and maximize your space. Most Sentral communities offer rental storage spaces and bike or ski lockers onsite, meaning you can store your big gear while maintaining more space in your home. Sentral's co-working spaces also offer you more space to spread out, and reduce the need for a full home office, complete with complimentary WiFi.
5. HIDE YOUR VALUABLES
If you’re homesharing your apartment — which residents at Sentral communities like
Sentral Union Station
, to name a couple, can do to make some extra cash while they’re away from home — you’ll want to have a nook that can be locked up tight to keep your valuables (and unmentionables) out of sight of guests. Some hosts will simply devote a locked closet to the task, but there are other options. You could give a locking utility storage cabinet a go (they have an industrial look that will always be “in”).
6. HANG TIGHT
Hanging closet organizers may have been designed for shoes but can do double or triple duty for your needs — whatever they are. Paper towels and toilet paper? Always right there, within reach, in their handy tower. Office supplies? Sort your Dunder Mifflin paper options like a pro. Even if you don’t want one taking up valuable closet space, you can get an over-the-door hanging closet organizer to assist.
7. LESS IS MORE
Multi-use furniture like this module desk in a designer furnished apartment at Sentral Michigan Avenue help maximize your space.
If you live in a micro apartment — or any smaller scale retreat — remember that the ultimate space saving hack is making like Marie Kondo…embrace the joy of less clutter. But how do you even do that in our MORE IS MORE world?
A couple ideas…
Choose multifunctional furniture. For example, Sentral’s designer furnished apartments offer module furniture options that work double, or triple, duty for dining, working, and entertaining.
Consider moving most of your books to an e-reader or swapping out library finds. Alternatively, sell books on
. Just scan their barcodes with your phone and the app will tell you what they’re worth and even provide a free shipping label — all you have to do is box them up, send ‘em out, and wait for your check.
For clothes, try listing them on
(an app that helps you make individual sales, which they’ll provide the shipping label for). Or, if you’re in a rush, send out a “Clean Up” bag to
, which will go through it and pay you something for what they can sell, then donate the rest to charity. Living at Sentral? Sell or trade things with your neighbors by listing what you no longer want in the marketplace from Sentral's resident app, powered by Cobu. Easy!
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