Update December 23, 2014

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Living well and nice in small spaces!

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Living in small spaces

Living in small spaces

23 December 2014, Nirapad News : Quite often we fall in the dilemma of too many things, not enough space! Most of us living in cities are accustomed to living in apartments where space is a factor for a lot of us. Below are some tips and tricks for making the most of your precious, few square feet.


Never Underestimate Underbed Storage

Underbed storage 2

Underbed Storage

Underbed storage is the apartment-dweller’s best friend. If you have a trundle bed, so much the better. If not, invest in a raised bed frame (or make one yourself) that allows you to store things beneath your bed. Low-profile plastic bins are perfect for storing sweaters, linens and craft supplies.
If plastic isn’t your style, cardboard, wicker, wood or other natural materials work just as well.


Perfect Your Closet/ Almirah

Maximize closet

Maximize closet space

Have a decent-sized closet and make sure to maximize that space. Hanging shoe racks, though precarious, save floor space for lesser-used items; I recommend getting one.
Store out-of-season clothes in bins beneath your bed or on the top shelf of your closet, leaving only in-season clothes hanging on the closet rod. Organize clothing by type for easier access. If your landlord allows it, install a light in your closet–being able to see your space will make you likelier to use every last bit of it.


Get Comfortable With Vertical Storage

Vertical Storage of books

Vertical Storage of books

Vertical storage is a lifesaver. The book storage rack pictured here is just one example of how storing up (not out) will improve your quality of life. Hanging shoe racks have already been mentioned, but stacking disk racks, linen racks, CD racks, and even racks of bins for clothing can take the place of traditional closet, basement and harder-to-fit large furniture options.





Wall Shelves

Wall shelves

Wall Shelves

As much as the china cabinets, credenzas, and bulky bookcases are lovable but they occupy far too much valuable floor space. Wall shelving has two benefits: it reserves floor space for necessary furniture, and it adds visual interest to each room. Group like things and attractive items together, and keep them organized — not every item you own needs to be out of sight to keep your place looking great.



Build a Kitchen Pegboard

Kitchen Pegboard

Kitchen Pegboard

What was good enough for Julia Child is good enough for your kitchen. Like shelves, a pegboard will help you free up cabinet and under-counter storage space. In addition, pegboards just look cool – everything has a place. It’s up to you whether you want to create outlines of your pots, pans, and utensils to mark which item goes where.

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