Most people will inevitably outgrow their small living space, especially when it’s a city apartment. Since there’s no attic or garage, and sometimes, little if any basement storage, small space hacks are often the answer to living happily in one or two rooms.
I’ve lived in my (large) one-and-a half bedroom flat for more than eight years now, and I feel like it’s bursting at the seams. My closets are packed. Christmas decorations are under one bed. Luggage and extra paper towels (pets!) are under the other bed. Shelves? I have those, but I desperately need drawers yet have little space to add dressers. Plus, I rent a small storage cage in our building’s basement. It sounds like I should have more than enough room for all of my belongings, but I am running low on places to put things.
In my opinion, getting creative is the best way to make the most of a small space. I found some fantastic tips for small-space living on Pinterest. Thrillist put together a great list of hacks for living in a small NYC apartment worth checking out too. And Birchbox did an interview with writer and author Jenna Mahoney and I love some of her tips on how to maximize your living space.
Aside from moving into a larger apartment (for me, that’s not going to happen), how do you create more space in a small apartment? I’ve thought long and hard about this question and came up with some tried-and-true tips such as constructing a temporary wall when you need another room, or reworking the layout to give the illusion of more space. You can see the complete list of ideas in my latest article on the Cubesmart blog.
I’d also like to know if you have anything to add to that list. Are there any small space hacks that have worked for you? Please let me know as I am on the hunt for more practical solutions. 🙂
This article is part of a partnership with CubeSmart, a self-storage and logistics company with locations in the NYC area.