Small spaces are now the norm, simply because city living is becoming more popular. Soon the bulk of populations will live in cities, and though yes, cities do expand outwards and upwards, the hotspots are going to be expensive. They are also going to be compact. If you want to live someplace that isn’t new, developing, or run-down, then you’re going to have to deal with a high price-point and a smaller space, but with these top tips and tricks you’ll be able to make the most out of your space, guaranteed:
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Think Convertible When Shopping
IF you need anything, from bowls to appliances all the way to furniture, it has to be designed for small spaces. Bowls need to be able to nestle seamlessly, furniture should be convertible to save you space, and appliances should be able to do more than one function or else be small and compact.
Make Full Use of Your Vertical Space
Add shelves, lights, and even seating using your vertical space. Shelves and lighting that hang from your ceiling brighten space add storage and draw the eye up all without cluttering your floor or surfaces. Thinking vertically allows you to both make more use out of the space you have, and it’s also a great psychological trick to make the entire space feel bigger while you are at it.
Expand Storage Outside of Your Apartment
Small spaces have limited storage opportunities, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t invest in the things you want. If you find you don’t have room for more decorations, or you simply can’t just fit skiing equipment in your home despite being an avid skier that goes every winter, then it’s time to think outside of the box. The box, in this case, is your home.
There are storage units available near you that are perfectly suited to what you need and very affordable. Think of it like adding an extra, massive walk-in closet in your home. Sure, it isn’t ideal for items you need regularly, but anything seasonal or that needs to go into long-term storage is perfectly suited for storage units.
Buy Less, and Buy Better
To get the most out of your small space, you are going to have to put a halt on impulse buys. Adding clutter to your space isn’t viable in the long run, but it’s easy to avoid. You don’t have to stop shopping altogether or let something you fell in love with the slip through your fingers, you just need to have a checklist. This could be as simple as ensuring an item will get its full use or that it either solves a problem or solves it better than something you already own. If you want to add additional steps, just put a hold on buying it. If it’s in a store or online, chances are it will be there in 24 hours, so just wait, and if you still want it after that initial impulse, then you can treat yourself.