While TLC’s Tiny Houses is both intriguing and entertaining, when embracing the reality of a small apartment, it is crucial to think outside-the-box and make the most of your space. This past fall, I embarked on this very challenge after my boyfriend and I decided to take the plunge and move in together. After a few months of scouring sites like Ikea and Joss and Main, pinterest-ing, and hinting that, “Even though I love you and you are moving in, I still get the walk-in closet,” I picked up some savvy tips for organizing a small space. Keep reading to learn all about them!

Let it go.

First and foremost, it is imperative to catalogue your belongings and consider what really needs to stay and what should go. Go through your closet à la Carrie in the Sex in the City movie (champagne is encouraged), and decide what you really need and what you could live without. With online consignment shops and marketplaces like ThredUp and Poshmark gaining ground, what could be better than selling a few pieces to put towards something else for your space?

IkeaDual purpose storage solutions.

Invest in pieces for your space that provide more than one storage solution. My lift-top coffee table from Wayfair.com not only houses my candles and coffee table books, but also provides interior storage as well as a make-shift kitchen table, which I use more than I’d like to admit. Additionally, our wardrobe from Ikea serves as a closet for my boyfriend, features an exterior mirror, and provides extra space for folded items in baskets on top. These items take up space in the same way that other pieces of furniture do, but provide a real bang for your buck (or square footage) by killing two birds with one stone.  

Makeup StorageMerchandise your space.

Ever heard the phrase, “I like my money where I can see it…hanging in my closet?” While I do not necessarily recommend you investing in clothes and shoes alone, I think there is something to be said for putting your pretty items front and center. Recently, I went to a friend’s house and loved how she used a bookshelf to store her heels. She provided a pop of color to her otherwise crisp white bedroom while also solving her problem of lack of closet space. If clothes and shoes aren’t your thing, there are tons of other great options like a bar cart to store your wine glasses and liquor or acrylic displays to store your jewelry or makeup. If there are items you are willing to display, go out on a limb and try to incorporate them into your décor – you will have the opportunity to showcase unique pieces while also providing storage.  

Tuck it away.

Naturally, there will be items you need, but may not necessarily want to save prime-time real estate for. Think about how these items could be neatly packed away providing you with easier access to other items. For example, the blow-up mattress that I only use twice a year when friends are in town can be placed in my suitcase when I’m not traveling and my boyfriend’s guitar case can be hidden securely under the bed.

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