Clever Storage Ideas for Small Apartments

  • An apartment has hooks above the sink offering extra storage.
When you live in a small space, you have to think big.

A 500-square-foot apartment can be charming and meticulously organized—or it can be a hot mess with stuff everywhere. The difference? A little bit of effort and a lot of ingenuity (and maybe some decorative baskets).

Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

Before we get to it, take a look around your space. You really don’t have the luxury of keeping clothes that you don’t wear. This is also probably not the best time in your life to begin collecting anything other than stamps.

Once, you’ve gone through your things, you’re ready to organize.

Remove Your Closet Door

Losing your door creates a few different opportunities, including better furniture placement. Replace your closet door with a curtain and you won’t have to worry about your door hitting your bed.

If you don’t need the closet in question for hanging clothes, install shelves (or place an affordable shelving unit inside). You’ll be amazed by how much more you’ll be able to fit in the space by making use of all of the vertical space.

Lastly, consider turning a closet into a mini office or vanity by placing a desk inside. If you have a new baby (and the closet is off your bedroom and the door is removed) it can also function as a mini nursery.

Add Shelves and Baskets

Ikea has become almost synonymous with apartment living and with good reason. They produce affordable furniture that maximizes storage, including many different kinds of sleek shelving units.

Ikea estimates that one of these Billy bookcases  is sold every five seconds somewhere around the world. Imagine two of these placed side-by-side along a wall and filled with baskets, books, paperwork, picture frames, or even folded clothing or dishes. It would add both storage and style.

Use the Backs of Doors

Every square foot counts in an apartment, including the backs of doors. This Elfa system at The Container Store can be configured a few different ways to store whatever it is you may need.

Even easier, you could pick up a 24-pocket bag that hangs over the door like this one from Amazon. But don’t limit yourself to shoes. You could stash anything from cleaning products to underwear in your newfound space.

Think Vertical

There’s only so much floor and counter space in a small apartment, but your walls offer a whole new opportunity—and not just for picture frames.

There is almost no end to what you can hang on walls, including decorative baskets, pots and pans, jewelry, coats, scarves, handbags, and even things like whisks and ladles. (Use Command hooks for damage-free hanging if necessary.)

Will this approach land your home in the pages of Architectural Digest? No. But your space can still look stylish and fun, while also being neat and organized.

When You Just Need More Space

Sometimes, you just need a bigger place. But if you’re not quite ready to take the plunge and move to a new home, self storage can be an affordable and easy alternative.

Depending on what part of the country you live in, self storage units can start as low as $50 a month. You can store your off-season clothes there, as well as anything that you want to hold on to, but don’t need to access on a daily basis.

StorageMart offers clean, well-lit storage units in a variety of sizes—all of which can be rented on a month-to-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide or rent a unit online today.

It’s nice to be organized, but it’s also nice to keep your rent low. StorageMart can help you accomplish both.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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