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Living Large in Small Spaces

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Small space living can be spacious when you know a few tricks that help you maximize square footage. That’s where creativity is key. By seeking out opportunities to make your small apartment seem larger, you do one of two things. You learn what you have on hand and which of those items you can’t live without.

Store What You Don’t Need Immediately

The rest of what you own can easily be placed in storage. It doesn’t matter if it’s less than a closetful of belongings, urBin Storage offers solutions that meet your needs and budget. If you can’t stand the thought of not having access to your household goods, never fear! You’re able to monitor them around the clock and put in a request to retrieve them any time you want.

Make Your Space Feel Spacious

Here are some tips that will help you make the most out of your small apartment or loft:

Make sure that all things have a purpose. If it isn’t something you love, why bother with it? It’ll take up space and not even necessarily do a thing to improve or enhance the quality of your life. Take some advice from bestselling author Marie Kondo and get rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy”

Go for miniature versions of everything. Living small doesn’t mean you have to compromise style. What it does mean, however, is that you’re likely going to reduce the size of the things that you buy. You’ll look for smaller versions of things you previously owned because you want them to fit into the space easily.

Remove closet doors so that they aren’t in the way when they are open. A simple curtain hides the contents of the space but doesn’t take up valuable inches when opened. Buy a suspension rod and install it in the closet. Then hang a curtain in your choice of color from it wherever a door once was. If you rent, ask your landlord for permission before doing any sort of remodeling.

Invest in shelving. Use empty space on walls to your advantage. Place the shelves as high up on the wall as you need to. You can easily have floor to ceiling shelving without investing in bookcases. Remember to store lighter things on top shelves and heavier things on bottom shelves so that the weight of the objects don’t cause the shelving to bend, break or fall.

Make your furniture do double duty. Apartment Therapy suggests investing in pieces of furniture that convert or have dual purposes. An ottoman with built-in storage is great for tucking away blankets and magazines. A sofa bed is a welcome sight for guests wanting to stay over in your tiny space. If you can’t find what you need to fill your apartment, why not build your own?

Add a splash of color here and there to break up the monotony of transitional spaces. This is a great way to create boundaries from one room to the next. Think carefully where you want to add some brightness and then use paint and fabric to work some magic in your small space. When you walk into the room, your eyes will travel to the places where you’ve put color.

You can live large in small spaces. In fact, a few hacks later and you won’t believe how spacious your tiny apartment suddenly becomes. When you’ve run out storage solutions in your residence, don’t forget that urBin Storage offers affordable bins that you can access 24/7. The monthly fee for renting one is less than what it costs to go to dinner and a movie by yourself.