When you live in a tiny city apartment, smart storage solutions become even more important. Time to get creative!
1. Floating wall shelves
Ikea offers numerous float wall shelf options. This is a great way to store your books without the need for a bulky bookshelf. And if you do a clean white floating wall shelf against a dark accent wall, it’s also a simple way to add a modern accent to the room. You can design and build a floating wall shelf to your own specifications – it just takes a quick trip to Home Depot, some patience, and a free weekend.
2. Under-bed storage boxes
Bed, Bath & Beyond has fantastic under-the-bed rolling storage boxes that can help you maximize your closet space by storing out of season fabrics. So your sweaters can safely live under your bed all summer long, and your summer dresses can hibernate during the winter in these boxes. This effectively frees up your closet for in-season fabrics and styles!
3. Use magazine racks and bakeware organizers to free up kitchen cabinet space
Magazine racks nailed to the inside doors of kitchen cabinets can serve as a creative way to hold the lids for all your pots and pans. And you can find bakeware organizers at the Container Store. This can help you organize all your baking sheets and brownie pans in neat vertical slots, so that you won’t have a bakingware avalanche the next time you open that cabinet!
4. Hanging shoe organizers
This may not be the best way to display your $500 pair of Manolos, but if you can’t afford better real estate for your shoes, this is a great way to ensure that all your shoes are stored in pairs and easy to find. There are a couple of different options – over the door hangers that you can sling over your closet door or behind your master bedroom door, or a hanging one that you can store from a closet rod. By simply purchasing an additional shoe organizer, it can expand with your shoe collection, which (let’s admit it) is always growing.
5. Slim velvet hangers
Space-saving hangers, usually in an extremely thin plastic or metal coated with a velvet material, are a great way to get more room in your closet. By taking far less space than wooden or regular plastic hangers, this allows you to store almost twice as many clothes in the same space! And if you pack what you don’t regularly wear into space saver bags to be stored in the back of your closet, you will have a very neat and organized closet!