Whether you live in a one bedroom apartment or a four bedroom apartment, eventually you are going to realize that it feels a little bit too cramped and a little bit too small. Apartments always seem to be very big when you first step inside of them, only to magically get smaller and smaller as time goes on.
Thankfully, there are ways to counteract this when you find that your apartment is getting a bit too small! Here are five of the best ways to optimise your space in your apartment.
Control Your Clutter
Chances are your apartment only seems small because you’ve got a lot all placed over the floor and in any other storage space. Clutter can get out of hand really quickly, and whether that clutter is some mismatched papers or just some boxes and bins you’ve got lying around, you need to get some control over it.
Organizing your cluttered areas and properly storing or cleaning up the areas will give you a lot of space, and you will be amazed at how much space you actually get back because you have all your stuff under control.
Your floor might be covered with clutter and furniture and you might start wishing that you had more floorspace, but ironically you can just look up and see some extra space on your bare walls. Using things like floating shelves, bookcases, and the tops of cabinets and counters to place your items can be very helpful, and if you do it right it can even be decorative and add a lot to your apartment.
Let What You Have Serve More Than One Purpose
Multitasking with your furniture items is going to be very helpful for you, because you can save space and make sure every item has its use. Instead of buying an end table, if you have an extra hard chair, use that as an end table. Or use your oven as storage for pots and pans (as long as you remember to take them out before cooking).
Being inventive and figuring out which of the furniture pieces you already have will double as storage spaces can help you optimize your space! Sure, it might not look at interesting as buying new storage equipment, but macgyvering your own solutions is going to add a certain charm to your apartment nonetheless, and that is what you can go for.
Play With Colors and Light
Sometimes it isn’t about optimizing space and making your apartment seem bigger, but instead tricking your brain. Colors can help elevate a compact space, especially if they are light colors because they reflect natural light and allow you to think that you have a much larger space to work with. If you have darker colors in your apartment, then you can also create the illusion of a larger space by turning down the amount of natural light that you get into the room.
Additionally, place a few full-length mirrors around, because they can help make a room look bigger by adding depth to the room and by increasing the level of light the eye can see as well. While it won’t magically help you optimize your space, it will help to give you a very comforting illusion.
Try Embracing Minimalism
Finally, if you’ve tried all these tactics and feel that your apartment is still too darn small, then you need to take drastic action. Minimalism is a philosophy that takes less is more and runs with it. Everything that doesn’t directly bring you joy or benefit you needs to be gone, and that can be a lot of things for some people.
But it is basically a back to basics approach, and you live with all the things to need to survive and nothing else. It can be extreme or comforting for a person, but it will make your apartment seem a lot bigger because there will be a lot less in it!
Take These Tactics and Optimize!
Optimizing space in an apartment can be pretty fun if you pick the right methods, so figure out what works for you. Even a simple clean and tidy of your apartment to remove and reduce clutter can be enough to open your eyes up to all the space your tiny apartment really has!
Just don’t fall into the trap of seeing that you have space and then going to buy more stuff, because soon you will be back where you started!
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