We all know that if you live in a crowded city, you most likely live an apartment where your kitchen also stands in as a bedroom. Okay maybe not that extreme, but it can be difficult to live in a tiny space, especially if you have a roommate. So here are some top tips on how to maximize the most of your small space.
1. The Closet
In terms of clothes, we’re gonna take a cue from Marie Kondo on this one. If a piece of clothing does not spark “joy” or you have to take even more than a minute to think about if you will ever wear it, toss it. Or donate it. Or sell it. However you wish to get rid of any unnecessary clothes out of your closet, do so. This way you will have room to add an extender rod for extra hanger space and stick-on hooks on any unused wall areas in your closet.
2. The Bathroom
The last thing we want to do when we’re taking a relaxing shower is fumble through a bunch of empty shampoo bottles. Decluttering in the bathroom is a must, especially if you live with someone else, this way you don’t confuse their products with your own. And you have to ask yourself, “Am I really going to use this gingerbread-scented body lotion with glitter from Bath & Body Works that I bought three years ago?”
Once you’ve assessed your essential items, adding some inexpensive tray organizers inside your drawers and hanging baskets in your shower will keep your bathroom feeling like an non-stressful oasis again.
3. The Fridge
If you’ve been on Instagram lately, you can see that fridge-spo is definitely a thing. And we know it’s hard to keep your fridge organized when you’re rushing out the door in the morning and throwing your almond milk wherever there’s space. But by stocking up on some glass Tupperware which allows you to actually see how much of something you have left, you can easily begin to organize your fridge. By designating each shelf or drawer to a different food group, fridge-spo may just become real for you.
4. The Desk
Congrats, you live in an apartment that has enough space for a desk! But depending on how neat you are, this may just cause your apartment to feel cramped. First things first, make sure that what you leave on your desk is meant to be there (No dirty plates or shot glasses please!) Then, it’s always a good idea to go through your pens to see which ones are dried out, and can be kicked off the island and into the trash or recycling bin. Getting a small caddy to store pens and pencils, post it notes, and headphones or chargers will immediately make your desk seem less cluttered. And after all, when doing work, it’s important to have a clear mind and a clean desk for a stress-free zone.