No Storage Space? Try These Space Savers
posted on September 18, 2013 | by Amanda Holstein
My guess is most of you rent apartments and that storage space is always an issue. I’ll admit it, I’m a hoarder. I keep the most random things as I move from apartment to apartment – Mardi Gras beads, old birthday cards, even my wisdom teeth…oh god, please don’t judge. My point is, it can be difficult to store all of your items when the only closet you have is the one in your bedroom (that’s the case with my apartment!). So how do you solve this problem? Try some of these tips:
Many of the items you keep can be displayed to make your apartment feel more like home. Picture frames, books, candles, and any sort of trinkets (yes, even the Mardi Gras beads) look great on shelves and can make your apartment more personal. Plus, you can find super affordable bookshelves at stores like Target and The Container Store. I got these at the Container Store and they’re currently on sale for just $111!
Baskets & Trunks
Using pretty baskets to store items you don’t want laying around is a great option. I especially love this bright colored one. Although it’s originally meant for laundry, you can really use it for anything – blankets, your pet’s toys, shoes, towels – the list goes on! In my apartment, I use this trunk from Pier 1 as my coffee table so that it can double as storage space. It’s great for storing blankets for the couch or other random items that don’t have a place to go.
Don’t underestimate the benefits of wall space in your apartment. There are tons of wall shelves that are great for storing smaller items like makeup, jewelry, and even spices in the kitchen. If you remember from this post, I use a wall rack to store all of my makeup. I also use this great over-the-door vanity from Urban Outfitters for my jewelry.
What are some of your techniques for minimal storage space?
I just moved into my first house (in college). It’s a cute little college and storage space is definitely an issue. I can completely relate to having difficulty to storing all of my things when the only closet I have is in my bedroom. I love the ideas you shared about baskets and trunks. They’re the perfect spot for hiding some items while still keeping my room looking clean and organized. I’m excited to have this weekend to test out some of your ideas! As always, thanks for the lovely advice!!
I live in a small duplex with two other girls, a big dog and two guinea pigs. It’s pretty spacious but still damn cramped at the same time! I’ve found that open wire shelving that you’d find in a kitchen is amazing for storage. I recently bought a Room Essentials chrome wire shelving unit from Target for $50 and it doubles as storage and a vanity because I set the middle shelf to be at the level of my chest.
My biggest struggle is not having enough room on my desk for all my papers and sketchbooks, pens, pencils and electronics. You should totally do a second post on organizing a small “office” (or desk) for students/young professionals.
Love your post as always!
I second the idea of a follow-up post regarding desk-organization for those of us with space challenges!!!
Amanda SaysPost author
On it!! Thanks for letting me know!
Amanda SaysPost author
Love that suggestion! I can definitely follow up with a post on how to organize your desk. Coming soon!
Sandra Hexner Says
Thank you for all these great tips on saving space with creative storage! I really like your point idea to use baskets to store anything from jewelry to blankets, so it’s not just lying around. I’m moving into a smaller home and need some fresh ideas to make sure that my home is organized with the least amount of clutter and these tips have really helped my brainstorming. Thanks!
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