I cannot believe it’s already been two years since I moved into this apartment and that in a few short weeks, I’ll be moving out. I also cannot believe I haven’t shared a look inside my bedroom until now! Nutty. Although my bedroom space is small, the tall ceilings and white walls made it feel much more spacious than it really was.
Prior to living in this apartment, I was living at home with my parents and didn’t own any additional furniture that I would be bringing with me. The bad news? Having to purchase everything I would need for my bedroom. The good news? I had a clean slate for decorating and Pinterest at my fingertips.
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When I was figuring out how I wanted my space to look and feel, I knew I wanted a few mid-century modern pieces but overall, wanted to keep the space pretty simple knowing that I would only be there for a year or two. With removable wallpaper becoming increasingly popular and a blank canvas (white walls and all) in front of me, I figured adding this monstera leaf wallpaper would give the space the pop of color it needed. From there, I opted for white furniture thanks to the flexibility with it, switched out the hardware on my dresser, and added some gold elements throughout the space.
Looking back at the space, I do wish I added more to the walls, but it was overall the perfect space for me to grow over the last two years. A majority of the things I purchased for the space will be coming with us to our new apartment (and are already packed up!), which I’m happy about.
Have a small space? Here are some of my tips for keeping it organized.
Small Space Organization Tips
Be Thoughtful About Your Purchases
When I first moved into this apartment, I had the same shopping habits that I had when I was living at my parent’s house. The difference? I had a much smaller space for storing all of the new clothing, shoes, and accessories I was purchasing. On the verge of bursting out of my four (very small) walls, I realized the only way I was going to be able to comfortably live in my new space without constant frustration was to 1. purge anything and everything that didn’t fit or didn’t wear and 2. be more thoughtful with my purchases moving forward.
Quality over quantity.
After purging your belongings, it’s easier to keep things organized but let’s face it: it’s not going to stay this way for long. You’re going to want to purchase a new pair of shoes, or a few pair of earrings, or even replace old jackets. It happens to us all. But when it comes to living in a small space, the way you organize these items is going to make a world of difference. Utilize storage bins (I use these ones under my bed!), purchase a shoe rack or two, and use space-saving clothing hangers.
Everything Should Have Two Purposes
Okay, maybe not everything, but a lot of things! My ottoman (similar) is not only a place to sit and do work, put shoes on, etc., but it was also a place to lay out clothes for the next day. My dresser was a little bit higher so it was multi-functional as a stand-up desk (lol). My Ikea shelving was a great place to store books, showcase my favorite coffee table books, store shoes, and keep my candles, laptop, and other odds and ends when I wasn’t using them. Having items like these that served two purposes not only save space in my room but helped me decide which pieces I need, and which ones I just wanted.
Whether you’ve been living in small spaces for years or are downsizing for the first time, the key to small space organization (as we’ve pretty much already gotten the hint about) is to be thoughtful with the items you have in your space. If you have a lot of shit like I do, be ruthless when it comes to deciding what to keep, toss and donate. You don’t have extra space to keep the shit you might use.
Do you live in a small space? How do you stay organized?
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