Space Wars: Optimizing Your Living Space
Moving into a smaller space can often be stressful but there are ways to make the most of this transition. By using the space effectively and exploring new furniture options, you can optimize your new living arrangements.
Break out the Tape Measure
Measure the different dimensions of the room. Start with the four walls and measure the distances to the door, windows, closets, shelves, and any other defining objects. Draft out a layout of the room and create boxes to symbolize potential furniture options and paths. You may have to downsize your bed or refrigerator to make room for other items but planning it out saves hours of rearranging and heartbreak when your beloved coffee table won't fit through the door.
Explore Dual Functionality
Furniture stores often have furniture that can serve more than one purpose optimizing space and reducing clutter. Beds with storage drawers built into the frame are excellent for storing items seasonal items or items that aren't used every day. Out of sight and limited storage reduces the possibility of holding onto items that you no longer use and clutter. You can also loft your bed to create additional space underneath to hold desks, storage chests, sofas, etc. Ottomans are great for storing extra blankets or pillows and add an extra seat when you host your house warming party.
Command your Space
Command hooks make it extremely easy to hang up shelves, artwork, and clothing without damaging the walls to ensure that you retain your security deposit. Hang some shelves to hold your items and get them off of the floor. Be sure to hang them high enough that they are out of the way but make sure that you can still reach them by climbing on a chair.
Talk to your Landlord
Ask them to install a sliding or a bi-fold door instead, or store the door if you want to take it off completely and put up a curtain instead. Maximize your space by moving around items. You'd be surprised as to how much space can be created by switching the hinges on a door to swing outward instead of inward.
Don't Move Your Clutter
Use the move as motivation to clean out some of your old items such as clothing, stuffed animals, papers and anything else you haven't used in awhile. Anything that you can't see yourself using in the near future and anything that does not have sentimental value can be donated, recycled or plain thrown out.