There are many storage places to be found in a small apartment if you look carefully and take advantage of every idea. Look under your bed, on top of cabinets, under tables, shelves, etc. It’s there if you look.
Most of us can find more storage space by taking a really sharp look around our house or apartment. When I first moved to a small apartment I thought I wouldn’t find space for all the things I just have to have. And it took me a while to juggle my space and find all the storage that was there for the finding.
Before I moved to an apartment I had a building in my back yard where I kept my supplies and did my painting. So I was really concerned about storage and work space. It took me a little while to find a solution but after thinking about it I found all the perfect places. I put my canvases and finished paintings ( until I find a place for them) behind the head board of the bed. I lean them against the wall and they are out of sight and take up no more room.
All my paints and brushes go into an artists carrying case and I fit them under the sink in the bathroom. We have a balcony so if the weather is nice I do my painting out there. If not, I cover our dining table with newspaper and paint there.
We have shelves in our laundry room (just large enough for a washer and dryer) over the washer and dryer. We use those for a pantry and we added another larger shelf where I keep all my journals, cook books, picnic supplies and ice chest.
I did have boxes hidden under the bed where I kept our out of season clothes but I have condensed until I now have room in our balcony closet to stack them up in suitcases.
I have pretty woven baskets on top of my kitchen cabinets where I keep glass jars and other odds and ends that I want out of sight. I also have pretty baskets under the TV table and under end tables. I keep all small items in those that would clutter up the apartment.
I also like to quilt so I must have storage for my quilting supplies. I found the perfect solution when I saw two ottomans at Old Pottery. They open up to make plenty of room to store all my quilting supplies and also make extra seating.
We have loads of books. I keep them in book cases and on tables. We have a large corner unit for the computer and it is also loaded with books, CD’s, note pads and pens. Beside my rocking chair in the living room I have a small wicker table with a bottom shelf that I keep my current magazines, paper, pens and any books I’m reading. The radio sits on top of the table. When I sit down I have everything I need at hand.
We have a small balcony, but I find it is large enough for our needs. We have a swing, small table with four chairs. I also have a shelving unit out there where I have stacks of books, candle sticks and so on. It is a quiet and relaxing place to sit and swing or paint.
As we live here longer I continue to condense and find more storage space. I find we don’t need so much space to live comfortably. I feel sure I will pare down even more as time goes by.
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