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Small Space Living: Tips for Living Large in Small Spaces๐Ÿ˜‰

Not all of us can afford to live in big, luxurious houses, and that's okay!! But you still want to optimize your space and live an organized, decluttered lifestyle... right? ๐Ÿ˜…

This week we're talking about some of our organization and decluttering hacks for making the most out of your space so it can still feel peaceful and livable!๐Ÿ˜

If you live in a college dorm, a one bedroom apartment with your partner and dog, or are sharing a slightly bigger apartment with multiple people, this one's for you!!โœจ



Storage and organization is a key component in correctly utilizing your small space living arrangements!! Here are some tips we recommend create the most storage in a smaller space! ๐Ÿคฉ

Vertical Shelving: Utilize vertical wall space with tall bookcases or floating shelves to not take up precious floor space!! Bonus points if they are adjustable so you can always customize the height to however you need it without buying new ones. When organizing these items, make sure to prioritize items with the most used ones being the most accessible while other items can go higher or lower!๐Ÿ“š

Under Bed Storage: Underneath your bed is perfect for storing out-of-season clothing, extra linen, travel suitcases, gift wrapping supplies, etc.!! Remember to use containers, bins, or organizers to keep items tidy and prevent dust accumulation. Also, consider using risers to lift the bed higher if needed to accommodate larger items! ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

Multifunctional/Foldable Furniture: The key to small space living is finding furniture that is multifunctional and/or easy to store things in! Think sofa beds, convertible coffee tables, wall mounted desks, nesting tables, etc. Anything that can serve two purposes like your coffee table doubling as a game table and a dining table! Or things that are easy to store when not using like a wall mounted desk that swings down against the wall so to not take up space if you don't need to!! ๐Ÿ›‹๏ธ

Pegboards in Kitchen: If you don't have a lot of cabinet space in your kitchen, this ones for you!! Pick a wall to install your pegboard on and measure the space to ensure you find one that fits! You can install pegboards with screws and/or anchors; just make sure it is level and firmly attached to support the weight of your pots, utensils, etc. You can find a variety of hooks, pegs, and shelves to accommodate all of your kitchen tools and display everything to your liking! You can even paint it and decorate/customize it to your liking for a beautiful, functional look! ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ

Utilize Door Space: Utilize that door space with hanging racks on the inside or outside!! You can find hooks to hang over the door to hold coats, purses, keys, etc. for a quick grab and go. You can also use hanging organizers on the back of doors to hold your shoes, cleaning supplies or any other tools/accessories!! ๐Ÿšช



Decluttering is always important but especially when you do not have extra room to store much stuff!! Here are our favorite "rules" to keep your space decluttered and manageable!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

"One In, One Out" Rule: Just like the rule states, when you purchase and bring something into to your home no matter how big or small, try to donate/sell another thing! Whether it be you're replacing old items or you are simply wanted to buy something new, try to get rid of something that you do not need anymore to minimize on clutter! It might not seem like much, but it can quickly add up and you will find yourself with more "stuff" than you truly need!! ๐Ÿ˜…

Use It or Lose It: Do frequent deep cleans and reassess whether or not you truly need or use certain items! Try creating timelines (ie. 6 months or a year) for certain items to allow you to realistically assess its usefulness. By regularly letting go of unused or unappreciated items, you can create a more mindful and intentional living environment.๐Ÿค—

Divide and Conquer: When decluttering, don't overwhelm yourself by trying to take on the entire apartment or home. Pick a category (ie. clothes, tupperware, tools, etc.) or a room and go through all the items one at a time! By dividing your decluttering tasks up, you can make your way through your home in a more steady, realistic manner that works for your busy schedule! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Don't Put It Down, Put It Away: On a day to day basis, take on this rule of putting things away as soon as you're done using them! It might seem small, but by simply putting things away every single time instead of just putting them down in random places, it can keep your place tidy for much longer periods of time! Think clothing when you change, kitchen tools as you cook or cosmetics as you get ready in the morning!!๐Ÿงด

Digitalize and Go Paperless: Much of the clutter in people's homes has to do with documents, old pictures, receipts, etc. By scanning these important documents onto hard drives and digitizing as much as you can, you can get rid of boxes of documents that are taking up precious storage or living space. ๐Ÿ“‘


We hope this helps as you move in to, reorganize, or minimize your small space living arrangements!!โœจ

For more in depth decluttering tips, go check out our brand new free Decluttering Guide downloadable, here!! ๐Ÿคฉ

See you next week!

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