For parents, living in a rental with the kids could be a never-ending struggle to keep the home neat, organized. The rooms are tiny, most times overcrowded; the closet space is limited, etc. But! It is possible to create more breathing room in the tiniest of rentals, just be smart about how you utilize every space available. So, how do you stretch the storage space of an overcrowded rental? Most importantly, how do you keep your tiny home organized and neat? Try these space saving solutions:
Functionality and Versatility
When it comes to decorating a small apartment, you want to focus on the versatility and functionality of the space. It’s easier to think about these things before moving forward with the actual decoration to spare yourself future problems related to limited storage spaces.
What can you do to increase its capacity? How do you stretch the storage space? What about the clutter, how do you minimize it?
Creating a functional and versatile space is a must especially if you have kids. The children should have ample room for various activities. So before shopping around for pieces of furniture, decors, or have storage systems installed, plan each room well. Make sure every square inch of it will be put to good use. Remember, if you have several kids, every nook and cranny counts!
Most kids complain about a rental’s teeny-tiny closet space. Some rentals do not come with closets at all. One way to make room for your kids’ clothes is to install a closet system. A closet system will transform the room, giving the kids plenty of storage spaces for their clothes, shoes, accessories, etc.
Having closet systems installed can be pricey but it’s really worth the investment. The closets are much easier to customize and the design will blend into the interiors seamlessly. But if you don’t have the budget for such systems, you can always opt for customized systems offered by IKEA or other furniture stores. The customized systems are just as useful and versatile but they’re much cheaper.
Multipurpose is Key
Going furniture shopping? Choose multipurpose pieces of furniture! Unlike conventional pieces of furniture, pieces that pull double duty add more functionality to the space, particularly overcrowded rooms!
Think ottomans with hidden storage, beds with built-in shelves, folding tables, cabinets that transform into a work desk, etc. These pieces may be more expensive but they work much harder than conventional furniture. The best part? Most multipurpose pieces of furniture are compact because these are usually designed specifically for small spaces. That means these hardworking pieces won’t take much floor space, which is important if you are living in an overcrowded rental.
Simple Storage Solutions
Living with kids means forever organizing toys and various knickknacks. Make life easier for you and the kids by organizing their belongings in neat boxes. Simple storage solutions like bins, baskets, even wooden crates or wine boxes, are not only affordable, they are also versatile.
Opt for decorative bins and baskets with plenty of room for small items. If these storage solutions are pretty enough, you can put these on display without worrying about ruining your interiors. You can also use small bins to organize the drawers, closets, kitchen cabinets, any type of cabinet, really. The bins allow for easy organizing so all the contents within the drawers are not messy.
Creating a Shared Storage Room
You can turn the smallest of blank spaces into a shared storage area. If you are renovating your home, have storage units installed in this spot. If you are not redecorating your home completely, invest in multipurpose storage units and fill the space with these to create a single storage room. This is a great way of utilizing any available spaces, including awkward corners or alcoves, into a flexible storage space shared by everyone in your household.
Dividers with Storage
One of the best space saving solutions for dividing rooms in rentals with open floor plan is to use dividers. But don’t get just any divider, invest in dividers that come with extra storage. Dividers help create distinct spaces in an open floor apartment. With the extra storage, it’s like hitting two birds with one stone! You can use the dividers to create play areas for the kids and use the storage space to organize their toys, books, and other activity tools!
Assuming that a tall divider doesn’t fit your home, try using fitting units that you can set around the sides of furniture pieces (like the couch). These pieces help stretch the storage space without taking much room. You can define certain areas of the home further without using up the wall space.
Clutter makes a small rental look and feel absolutely crowded. You have to prevent junk from piling up to keep every room in the home clean, organized, and visually light. Adding storage spaces in every nook and cranny prevents clutter from building up. You can utilize all the blank slices of space under the bed by stowing several under-bed storage units in there. From bins and baskets to modular plastic storage units, any of these containers will add functionality to these often-forgotten spaces.