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Tiny studio apartments are becoming the norm in the Toronto and Vancouver real estate markets. If you live in one, you probably know very well that every single square foot counts. But finding functional space hacks that keep with the aesthetics of your place requires some creativity. So without further ado, here are the ten most creative storage solutions for studio apartments!
1. Use a Behind-the-Door Shoe Holder
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Looking for an extra space for your cleaning supplies, makeup, gift supplies, T-shirts, or anything else? Try using a behind-the-door shoe holder. Any narrow items prone to become clutter can be instantly spread out and made visible. Plus, individual items will be easier to spot, making them more accessible. Bonus: these storage solutions are super cheap.
2. Make the Most of Those Nooks and Crannies
3. Free Up Sink Storage with Hooks
4. Slip a Small Table Behind the Sofa
5. Get Furniture that Does Both
6. Divide Your Space With Shelving
7. Create Your Own Walk in Closet
8. Fit More Clothes in Smaller Spaces by Folding Them Like Marie Kondo
By now, you’ve probably already heard of 2019 internet sensation and organizational expert Marie Kondo. And if you haven’t, then you better log onto Netflix right now to watch the immensely popular Tidying Up with Marie Kondo series.
In short, she teaches that items should be folded in a way that makes them stand upright. Not only does this method provide immense space-saving benefits, but it also makes items easier to see at a glance. Here’s how to fold everything in your closet - from sweaters to underwear - like Marie Kondo.
9. Use a Coat Rack for Shoes
Ok this one might look a bit weird at first, but hear us out. Adding in a low-mounted coat rack in your entry hall for shoes is a great way to get shoes lying around off the ground. And, since it’s more compact than traditional shoe racks, you can mount this behind the front door. Not only does this prevent any tripping over shoes left on the ground, but it’s especially good in the winter for drying the bottom of wet shoes.
10. Second Closet
Sometimes the best storage hack is having someone else do the work for you. If your studio apartment is just too small to cram everything in, don’t sweat it. Items like seasonal clothing, sentimental items, or important documents can all be taken off your hands for a set amount of time and safely stored outside the home. At Second Closet, we’ll pick up all your stuff, store it in our secure and temperature-controlled storage facility, and deliver it back to you when you need it. Our process is effortless, quick, and can be entirely controlled through our online platform from the comfort of your home.
- Apartment Therapy, 9 Clever Small Space Ideas to Steal from IKEA
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- Better Homes & Gardens, 19 Creative Storage Ideas for Small Spaces
- Home BNC, 35 Genius Storage Ideas for Small Spaces to Make your Home Feel Bigger