Whether you live alone or with a roommate or two, keeping clutter to a minimum can be quite a challenge. No matter how hard you try, there just never seems to be enough room for all of your gadgets, trinkets, and gear. And, although most people long for the day when they’ll actually have a larger home or a large garage to finally have a place for everything, they often find themselves in the same predicament.
Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or something much bigger, the key to controlling the clutter is to get creative with storage. In today’s blog from Stonegate Living apartments in Broomfield, we’re here to give you five tips for making the most out of your space and keeping it organized. Keep reading and if you’re looking for pet-friendly apartments in Broomfield, contact us to schedule a tour.
Invest in Pieces That Can Be Tucked Away
If you’re planning a move and will be buying some new furniture for your place, consider buying furniture that can be folded down, tucked away, or at the very least — serve a dual purpose. For instance, a hideaway or Murphy bed can free up a lot of space when it’s not being used for sleeping. A futon or fold-out couch can easily provide a place for guests to sleep without taking up an entire extra bedroom.
Other types of fold-away furniture include kitchen tables that attach to the wall and can be folded down. Even small side tables that nest together can offer the functionality of a table when you need them, but take up only a fraction of the space when stored together.
Also, consider furniture that can provide extra storage space such as a kitchen cart. These wheeled tables give you extra room to prep your food while offering plenty of storage for dishes and small kitchen appliances underneath. For a coffee table that does more than just hold your drinks, consider getting a trunk or table with drawers so you can stash things inside.
Utilize Over-the-Door Organizers
Organizers that hang over the door are one of the most useful, yet underutilized storage pieces. They’re great for apartments since there is no drilling, nailing, or gluing is required. And if you decide to move, you can just pick them up and take them with you.
You can find over the door storage organizers for everything from shoes and canned goods, to cleaning supplies and lids for your pots and pans. Consider using them anywhere you have lots of bottles or little things taking up a lot of space. A small over-the-door rack is great for all of your spice bottles in the kitchen, and an organizer with pockets is perfect for keeping small and hard-to-organize items safe and tidy.
Pay Attention to Extra Space in Corners and Above Doors
One of the easiest ways to create more space for your things is to make use of every nook and cranny. A small corner can instantly be functional with a corner shelf that fits in place. Don’t have much floor space? Make sure you’re using your walls! Install floating shelves, add a pegboard with hooks, or even place one long shelf above a doorway for books. And don’t forget about other flat surfaces that are currently unused such as the side of the refrigerator, the back of a door, or the inside of a cabinet.
Stash Seasonal Linens and Clothes Under Your Bed
We’ve all stuffed extra shoes or other things that didn’t have a home under the bed, but are you truly making the most of that space? When you think about it, the space under your bed is quite a large one, so why not use it to its full advantage? Consider getting multiple plastic totes that are designed to fit under the bed. You can even create dividers in them to better organize your under-bed storage space!
You won’t want to use the space under your bed for everyday items. It works best for storing things like your summer clothes in the winter and your holiday decorations in the summer.
Get a Storage Shelf With Bins
What’s better than a bookshelf? A shelf with a bunch of cubbies that each hold a square bin for organizing everything from mittens to video games. They come in a variety of sizes and bin shelves usually give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to storage. Have a studio apartment or want to create different living spaces in one big room? A large, thoughtfully-placed shelf can create a natural room divider and provide much-needed storage for both spaces.
Need an Apartment to Organize? Contact Stonegate Living Apartments
If you’ve been looking for pet-friendly apartments in Broomfield, we encourage you to take a look at Stonegate Living. We offer one-, two-, and three-bedroom units with the option of having your own garage for extra storage. In addition to having plenty of room, you’ll also find a spacious open floor plan with 9-foot ceilings, an in-home washer and dryer, and a private patio or balcony.
As a resident of Stonegate Living, you’ll also be able to take advantage of our 24-hour fitness center, clubhouse, and pool. All of this and more is conveniently located just a short drive away from Denver or Boulder. What are you waiting for? Availability is limited — contact Stonegate Living today and schedule a tour.