Moving from a two bedroom house to a one bedroom apartment with my wife and our fur baby was challenging, to say the least. When it comes to cramming our lives, complete with a comic book collection, and my freelance business, into 400 square feet-organization is key. We quickly realized if you bring your big past life and try to seamlessly fit it into your smaller lifestyle, you will find yourself in a constant state of disarray and frustration. So I was relieved to find some unique organizing options when I stumbled upon UncommonGoods. Have you heard of them? Just in case you haven’t, let me tell you a little about it. They work with artists and small manufacturers to make sure the products are offered in socially and environmentally responsible manner. With them you get to make a positive impact on the environment while shopping for creative multipurpose storage. Whether you’ve just landed your first apartment (hooray!) or are wrestling with what to do with all your stuff now that you’re living in a smaller space these tips will definitely come in handy.
1. Use Your Verticle Space. This made the single biggest difference in how we utilize our space (besides caving in and renting public storage) was to purchase vertical shelves and arrange them to make a custom wall unit. We also take advantage of the space under the bed, under the sofa, and over cabinets.
The wooden shelves can be found here.
These adorable fire escape shelves can be found here.
2. Store things where you use them. We keep the cooking utensils on the counter next to the stove, and a roll of trash bags at the bottom of the wastebasket.
The toilet paper storage can be found here.
The cooking utensil caddy can be found here.
The jewelry holder can be found here.
The magnetic key holder can be found here.
The wine rack can be found here.
5. Maximize the space you do have with space saving products. Decluttering is an unending art form. Sometimes, the solution is to get rid of things you don’t need, but other times you have to keep a bunch of stuff in a small space. Visit UncommonGoods to see more stylish ways to save space from a brand committed to selling products that do no harm to people or animals. They also have a great selection of gifts on this page if you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping.
Do you have any space-saving tips? Share them in the comment section below.