We get it, apartments in New York are crazy tiny and expensive. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more space for a bigger bed, storing your bike, or practicing yoga without tripping over your coffee table? Follow these tips to make space in your home on a tight budget.
1. Organize your stuff. Sort everything you own by category, which makes it easy for you to find things that you no longer use, wear, or need. For the items that no longer serve a purpose or make you happy (like that old sweater you haven’t worn in years), sell it, gift it, donate it, recycle it, or throw it away. Remember, less (stuff) is more (space).
2. Use your walls and doors. Your walls and doors are your secret space-saving weapons. Install hooks, shelves, TRONES (storage cabinets from IKEA), or storage solutions from myurbio.com on your wall, and use them to store things like coats, hats, bags, keys, books, magazines, office supplies, and small plants. You can also attach an over-the-door shoe organizer to any door and toss in small items like toys, pens, makeup, nail polish, and brushes.
To store your bike, attach a CLUG (a tiny clip that grips your tire, available at getclug.com) or a bike shelf to your wall so that you can stand your bike up on one wheel or levitate it.
3. Invest in multi-purpose furniture. Having multi-purpose furniture is key to living happily in a small apartment. Consider getting a storage ottoman that doubles as a seat, restoring an old trunk to serve as a vintage coffee table with hidden storage, or installing a Murphy bed that pulls down from the wall.
4. Create the illusion of space. When it comes to space, sometimes you just have to fake it ‘til you make it. Paint your apartment in a light color to open up your place and create a relaxing atmosphere. For example, blue calms you because you associate it with the ocean and sky, green teleports you into nature, yellow brings the sun indoors, white suggests cleanliness, and purple is floral, which soothes you.
Another trick of the trade is placing a mirror directly opposite a window to reflect more light into a room. This creates the illusion of extra space and lets you bask in more rays of glorious sunshine.
5. MakeSpace. Think of MakeSpace as your infinite closet in the cloud where you can rotate clothes at the push of a button. Simply schedule a pickup at MakeSpace.com and pack the bins they send you with items that you’d like to store (they store bikes too). They’ll pick up, store, and deliver your stuff back when you need so that you have more time and space to do what you want.
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