Feeling crowded and cramped? If you live in a small apartment, condo or retirement, it’s easy to collect clutter, which can make a small space feel claustrophobic and difficult to navigate and clean. Here are a few tips for making your small space feel a bit larger.
Get rid of excess clutter
An important—and sometimes difficult—part of the de-cluttering processes is to get rid of a significant amount of your possessions. Some things that clutter your home may just be garbage, like stacks of old newspapers or magazines you keep telling yourself you’ll get around to reading. Other things may still be useful and in good condition, and you should consider reselling them or donating them to a shelter or charity of your choosing. If you haven’t used or worn something in six months to a year, the truth is that you’re not using it anyway. Why not give it to someone who actually needs it? Obviously, keep the items that hold sentimental value, but find a good place to store them or display them. Everything in a small room or living space should have a purpose.
Organization not only helps you to become more efficient, but it also creates a significant amount of space in your home. Consider creative uses of objects and items as storage solutions. For example, purchase storage that is not only decorative, but can also easily be stacked and put away. These items will allow your organization to become part of the decor, but can also be stored away when they’re not in use. Decorative storage also includes shelves or cabinets that allow you to store and display items in an organized fashion without seeming out of place.
One design principle to follow is to store like items together. For example, it seems obvious to place books or trinkets on a shelf together, but have you ever tried placing items of similar shape, size or color together on the shelf? The congruity of the objects tricks the eye and creates the appearance of more space.
Arrange furniture to best fit a space
Too many pieces of furniture in a small space can be challenge to arrange. First, make sure there are enough spaces for the people who live there to sit, plus a couple of guests. You may have to weed out the number of side tables or other superfluous pieces of furniture to create enough space. Try to place seating in an L-shape, with the back of the couch along the longest wall of the room and the second seating (chair or loveseat) along the adjacent wall. You’ll want to avoid blocking the door, as this will cut the room in half. This arrangement will help keep the room open. Choose brighter colors for artwork and paint to create an airy feeling.