November 30th, 2018
Apartment communities are built to make life simpler and more efficient, with everything you need right at hand. But there’s a big difference between “at hand” and “underfoot.” When the things you need are too crowded for comfort, it’s time to make better use of your space. Here are some tips to help you and your stuff live together in harmony.
Horizontal surfaces are prime real estate, so make sure everything that occupies floor or counter space is giving you top storage value. If you need a side table in the bedroom or living room, make it a cabinet. Use a buffet or credenza as a sofa table. Don’t let anything occupy kitchen or bathroom counters that doesn’t store its contents vertically.
Look up and you’ll find abundant storage space on your walls. Apartment communities have different rules, so make sure you know what’s allowed before you start drilling holes and hanging shelves, but you don’t have to make structural changes to use them. Upright shelving units give you storage and display space up to (and beyond) eye level. Use removable hooks on the backsplash for utensils and cookware. Expand clothes and accessory storage with hooks outside the closets.
Your cabinets are capable of holding more than you think, but when contents are jumbled and disorganized it’s easy to think you don’t have enough space. Use drawer and cupboard organizers to subdivide interior space. Capture the upper volume inside cupboards by adding stackable shelves or tension rods for hanging.
In apartment communities, closets are crucial, but often underutilized. Piles collapse into each other until pure chaos waits behind those doors. Get boxes and drawer units that stack and fit together and you’ll find you can capture enormous unused space up from the top shelf and below hanging clothes. Then look at this gallery from House Beautiful for more closet inspiration.
Backs of doors are often overlooked for storage help. Over-door racks can meet a huge array of needs. In the kitchen, give yourself quick access to spices or condiments inside cupboards, or supplement pantry storage for cans and bottles. Shoe sorters are good for shoes, but also socks, scarves, belts, and jewelry. In the bathroom, use them to sort medications, makeup, or hair and body care products. There are also racks for towels and for hanging laundry.
When you add a well-organized home to everything else apartment communities have to offer, you’ll find yourself living in a place you’ll be glad to come back to every day.