When you live in a microapartment, every square inch of space counts! Unfortunately, there are common household items that are taking up way too much space. Some of these items are supposed to be useful but they end up adding to the clutter. You could be using the space they hog for other important things, such as extending your storage space!
Paring down your decors and minimizing clutter help create a streamlined, functional living space. It makes a small space look and feel airy and expansive. If you could use more storage space in the home, say sayonara to these space hoggers:
Forgotten Hobby Items
You might’ve considered hiking that one time in 2012 but if you haven’t been using your gears for a while, they’ll just end up as clutter. From golf clubs to fishing rods, skis to that electric guitar you forgot you had, all these hobby items could quickly eat up space and gather dust.
To stretch what’s left of your storage space, get rid of items in the home that only adds to the mess. The general rule of thumb is to get rid of hobby items that you have not used for five years. If you don’t have the heart to donate your forgotten hobby items, I highly suggest finding a better storage option to cut the clutter and reclaim the wasted space.
Wait, hear me out! Bookshelves are functional pieces of furniture and they provide flexible storage space for a variety of things other than books. Unfortunately, most bookshelves are too big for a small space. Adding a bookshelf or two in a small living room means sacrificing all that space. If you’d like to free up more room while optimizing vertical spaces, install wall-mount shelves instead of using traditional bookcases.
Wall-mount shelves are the perfect storage solution for a microapartment because they take less space, they offer flexible storage space, and they take less visual clutter. If you want to optimize a blank wall, you can install wall mount shelves all the way to the ceiling, no need to sacrifice your precious floor space!
Old Newspaper and Magazines
Old magazines and newspaper are huge space hoggers! People keep old newspaper and magazines thinking that they’ll be useful someday. Unfortunately, they only pile up and take space. Also, these items add to the visual clutter, making your interiors look more chaotic than they really are.
If you have stacks of magazines in the kitchen or living room, now’s a good time to clear them out. You can donate them, have them shredded and recycled or donate them to reclaim that wasted floor space.
Is your closet packed with clothes you haven’t worn since 2006? Let’s face it, most of us have lots of old clothes that we don’t want to let go thinking there will be a perfect occasion for these old threads. But there’s never a great opportunity to wear them! Two things, trendy pieces tend to go out of style much more quickly and old clothes do wear out even in storage.
If you know that you’re only holding on to these clothes for no good reason and you really need to free up more room in your closet, a closet purge is in order. Just give your old clothes to those who need them or sell them online! Do a yearly purge so your closet isn’t packed with clothes you don’t wear.
Bulky Bins and Baskets
Bins and baskets provide flexible storage spaces for small items but they do take up a lot of space. Having loads of bins in the house means cleaning each one of them several times per month and that gets old pretty fast.
Setting a couple of decorative bins on a specific spot in your microapartment shouldn’t be a problem but if you have a sizable collection of baskets and bins all over the house, that’s when the trouble starts. Just curate your decors, don’t overwhelm what little counter space you have left by cluttering it with more storage baskets.
Unused Kitchen Items
We all have kitchen appliances and/or fancy dinnerware/utensils that do not get a lot of use sitting on our countertop. That’s wasted space right there.
Unless your kitchen has enough counter space for all your electric appliances and dinnerware, I highly suggest storing some of the items you don’t use frequently. Just take that specific item out when you need to. This way, you have more room in your kitchen for food preparation.
Your CD Collection
Are you a collector? If you’re a movie/music nut then you probably built a decent collection of CDs, VHS tapes, cassette tapes, or even vinyl records. While these are prized possessions because of the sentimental value attached to them, they do take up a lot of space and collect dust like nobody’s business.
If you cannot bear to part with your precious collection but is desperately trying to stretch your storage space, here’s a happy compromise: have your music or movie collection converted into MP3 files and store them in a flash drive or to the cloud. Storing your music or movie collection in your computer helps extend their lifespan while clearing out mountains of CDs or VHS tapes in the process.