City living can be amazing-convenience, culture, walkability, etc. but unless you’re raking in the dough, you’re probably compromising space for all of the other wonderful things the city has to offer.
When the hubs and I moved from Dallas to Boston, it was a huge adjustment for us in more ways than one. One of the most significant changes was downsizing our living space because the cost of living in Boston is so much more than Dallas. We went from a 2200 square foot house with garage and yard to a 1 bedroom apartment. It had a garage but we had to pay for a spot!! News to me! Even when I had my own 1 bedroom apartment in Dallas, I had a walk in closet, dual sinks in the bathroom, and a massive kitchen.
Fast forward to have two adults and two pets combine all their items in a space less than half the size. I don’t know what was more difficult, not enough kitchen space to cook, or not enough closet space to support my shoe and clothing problem!
Regardless, we lived in the heart of Boston, had restaurants and bars just steps outside our door, a roof deck with skyline views, easy access to the train so we could venture to other areas, and were just walking distance from the water. Those attributes outweighed space (we weren’t ready for burb life, especially in a new city) so I got creative and found affordable items that really made the space much more livable and less cluttered.
So don’t let a tiny apartment bring your mojo down, there are some really cool products that help maximize space. And I promise they won’t be an eyesore and ruin the vibe of your apartment. They can actually enhance the decor!
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1. Kitchen Island
This is great if you lack kitchen storage, counter space, and/or seating. We had an “L” shaped kitchen so it was open but the open area in the center was a complete waste of space. And not to mention an “L” really stands for lack of space once you have the fridge, dishwasher, oven, and sink. I had no storage for appliances, pots, pans, etc. and very little counter space. This was an awesome addition that also looked really beautiful and gave our kitchen a more homey feel. This one is from Target!
2. Over-the-toilet Storage
This is prime storage real estate! One of the things I started doing to add space was thinking vertically. Why not add height so you can store and organize things up to the ceiling? I also liked this one from Amazon because the cabinet allowed us to hide the mess and bathroom products behind it.
3. Closet Rod
I honestly don’t know why buildings wouldn’t automatically have top and bottom closet racks but for about $11 a piece, I was able to instantly double our closet space.
4. Bathroom Cabinet Organizer
This is to save space and keep me sane. Bathroom cabinets are deep but it’s just a big open space and unless you organize with drawers, shelves, etc. you end up with a big messy pile. Since I use the hairdryer, straightener, and curling iron almost everyday, I added this to the inside of the bathroom cabinet so it’s easily accessible and won’t knock other stuff over each time I have to take out one of these items.
This was a game changer for our laundry area and for organizing all of our cleaning/laundry supplies. The apartment didn’t have a laundry room, but more of a cubby hole with a small door that slid closed. There wasn’t any space to store detergent, dryer sheets, etc. so I got this 8 tier rack that went over the door and was on the inside so you couldn’t see it when the door was closed. I was able to store more than just laundry supplies, with 8 racks, I stored pet supplies, laundry, and cleaning supplies which also cleared up storage space under the kitchen sink. Win win!