Creating space where there is no space for apartment living
Both my sons live in New York City. My first born son I have helped him move about five times around Manhattan and the latest was moving out of Brooklyn back into Manhattan.
Two years ago he lived in a two room apartment with no closets or shelving. I wrote a blog several years ago how we hung his clothes from the ceiling. We had maintenance help us, but took chain link and a 6" dowel rod and made it look like a trapeze. We did 2 sets and attached it to the ceiling. It amazingly worked well.
At the end of January he selected his first studio apartment of 850 square feet and guess what? There was a closet.
Creating space where there is no space is key.
- Utilize wall space. Use hooks on the walls to hang up coats especially during the winter.
- Have double hung rods (can also use spring tension rods so little assemble work) put into the closets. Shirts and suits higher rod, slacks lower rods.
- Use heavier grade clothing portable rack that can reduce or expand in closet for heavier items like coats and jackets,
- Shelving is also key. Shelving can be purchase narrow in depth to wider.
- Suggest shelving that is wire so air flows through the clothes and so does light. Easier to see in small closets.
- Stack your shelving against the wall and go high. Purchase dividers (at the Container Store) to separate stacks of sweaters, workout clothes, sweatshirts, shorts and items that are worn on a regular basis. Dividers allow the stack not to fall over and stay neat. There is also smaller independent stackable shelving that can be used in kitchens or closets at the Container store and Bed Bath and Beyond. Stackable shelving can also be used for shoes at the floor of the closet. The stackable shelving can provide double your space in small paces. Put caps, hats, gloves. Hang belts and winter scarves from belt and scarf holder.
- In dressers or kitchen cabinets can place linens, towels, sheets, blankets. Or purchase an ottoman that can serve as storage for blankets and linens as well as a foot stool for the sofa.
- Repurposing and reusing is hot now....Old army or navy trunks make great storage and serve as a coffee table.
- Socks and underwear drawers, use dividers there as well. One section for sport socks and the other for dress socks. Roll your underwear and stack vertical. Can get more into one drawer and use other drawers for t-shirts. Roll t-shirts as well. Prevents wrinkles.
- In the kitchen, use again the Rubbermaid stackable shelving pieces for cabinets. There are great selection for stacking plates vertically rather than horizontal sitting flat and round. Coffee cups can be hung by hooks from the shelf above in a cabinet.
- When there is no medicine cabinet in the bathroom where do you put your toiletries? Today manufacturers make cost effective attractive over the toilet cabinets. Organizing toiletries in small plastic bins keeps items in place so when you open the cabinet door items don't fall out.
- Add color to the space with sofa pillows and/or wall art.
- And finally what is MOST IMPORTANT whether your space is small or large, is truly minimize the amount of duplicate items you may have that take up space. We live in an age, where you can get anything within 24 hrs. Less is best. For example, if you are a single person you don't need a place setting of 24 dishes and glasses. Purchase and use only what you truly need. There is too much waste in this country. Before going to the grocery store or clothing shopping, check out your pantry and closet. See what you have so you don't have excess.
In 2015, living is about not excess. Get what you need and enjoy your life. What you don't need repurpose, recycle or let someone else reuse it.