By: Demetrios Salpoglou
Make your space more efficient and cut your clutter.
You’re looking for the perfect Boston apartment in your dream neighborhood, but everything you’re finding is too small for all of your stuff. Between winter coats and bedding, sporting equipment, and the other everyday items it takes to keep you up and running, it seems like you’ll never find a place big enough for everything. Instead of going for more space, the answer may be rethinking the way you use your space. Try these money-saving — and space-saving — storage solution to do more with less.
Look for dead space.
Look around your new apartment for square footage that’s not being utilized. An awkward corner, the space behind a sofa or chair, a window nook — all of these can be home to a corner cabinet, storage bin, or basket. Looking for even more space? Look up. You may find that high ceilings, the top of kitchen cabinets, and the top of your closet provides ample square footage to install some shelving — and some extra storage. Invest in a sturdy step stool and store rarely used or out of season items on these higher elevations.
Look for hidden space.
Now it’s time to look underneath your furniture. The space under your sofa and under your bed is the perfect place for shallow, lidded storage boxes full of out-of-season clothing, unused linens, and even bulk-bought paper goods or cleaning products. Now look in your cabinets — see all of the space that’s not being used? Add a second tier of shelves in order to double the storage capacity. Now check the space between the refrigerator and the wall. You may find that there’s a few inches available, allowing you to add a sliding pantry.
Hang it up.
Think of all of the space you’re not using on the walls, doors, and cabinet doors. Even your closet, when properly organized, hides additional storage space. Add a wall grid or peg board to an unused wall and use it to hang up pots and pans, cooking utensils, plants, a mail sorter, keys — anything that is currently taking up space on your tabletop or in a cabinet. An over-the-door rack can help organize your shoes, coats, purses, and other clothing items. Hang a rack inside your cabinet doors for additional storage in the kitchen or bathroom as well.
Make items do double-duty.
An ottoman with hidden storage inside. A bedside table with a door and interior shelving. Even a drape over an end table can provide a place to tuck away items. Think utility and make the furniture you buy work harder. Need a TV stand? Make sure it has built-in storage for components and equipment. Need a dining table? It should have a drawer to hold linens. Even an easy chair can have hidden storage under the seat that’s perfect for storing sports equipment, books, or blankets.
When you make your furniture and your space work harder, you’re sure to cut clutter and enjoy your home more. When you know how to better utilize space, you open yourself up to a world of new possibilities when choosing your new Boston apartment. Let Boston Pads help you find the apartment that fits your budget and your lifestyle. Contact us today to start your apartment search — we’re here to help!