You just moved into your new studio apartment and you’ve realized it’s missing one vital element: a closet. This might seem like a good time to panic. Not everything can be tucked away in a drawer, and besides, a huge dresser is going to take up a ton of space that you might not have to spare. And what on earth are you going to do with your shoes? Don’t worry. There’s always a solution—or several.
The future of the housing market? Micro-apartments. You’ve probably heard of them, but what are they, exactly? And why would anyone want to live in one?
Are you a little short on space? Or even just looking to clean things up a bit? For most of us, there are a few places in our home where clutter tends to take over: the office, the entertainment center, the bathroom. Chances are, your home came with bare walls, and your first thought was probably to invest in some floor furniture. Bookshelves and entertainment centers are great, but they take up a lot of space, and when they’re overflowing they can become a tad unsightly.
Let’s face it. Life could be easier. We all have about a million things going on at once: term papers, finals, parenting, that huge make or break project at work right now. It’s hard to keep on top of the little things at home. As things pile up, it becomes easier and easier to neglect chores like laundry, dishes, or—dare I say it—dusting. But they must be done.
If you live in a tiny space then one of the hardest rooms to organize, by far, is the bathroom. Without built-in storage, it’s hard to find a place for all of your towels, toiletries, makeup, toilet paper, and extra soap. It’s tempting to leave an abundance of items out on your sink, and to hide everything else underneath, but if you want an organized, clean-looking space, we have some cool bathroom hacks for you.
It’s about that time of year that we all must face the task of swapping out our winter jackets and scarves for the flip flops and t-shirts we have tucked away in storage (or maybe crammed under our beds?) The “out of sight, out of mind” mentality only really works until you have to pull everything out and sort through it. If you didn’t make an attempt to organize back when fall came around, it could take all day to transition your closet for spring.
Lucky for you, we are storage professionals. We know the best ways to store your unused items until next season, and we are ready to share our secrets with you. We have devised multiple ways to approach spring cleaning, depending on the amount of space you have available.
Get ready to reconsider every party you haven’t had in your tiny one-bedroom apartment. You may have believed it impossible to throw a party in your small space, but we are here to prove you wrong—and just in time for Saint Patty’s Day. Here’s how you can throw a grand St. Patty’s Day party in your apartment:
If you’re planning on throwing any kind of party in a small space, the first thing you’re going to want to do is to clean up. But this doesn’t just mean tossing all your dirty clothes in the hamper. Chances are, if you’re living in a tiny apartment, you don’t have a ton of room to entertain. Move some furniture around, and even remove some, if possible, to open up some space for your guests. You could even put some of your things into storage, temporarily, with UrBin Storage . If you don’t have a ton of seating available, create some with pillows.
Preventing clutter is just as important as eliminating it. Have a room or closet designated for your guest’s personal belongings, and try to choose snacks that create less mess (think finger-foods, rather than fork-and-knife foods.)
Décor: Keep it Simple
You might be tempted to deck out your home in festive green everything, but you should consider pumping the brakes before you purchase all of those dollar store streamers. If you fill your home with too many glaring decorations, the space might feel cluttered and cramped. Try using a few subtle statement pieces instead: a bouquet of green flowers, some scattered green candles, or these adorable green mason jars. String lights are a great way to create mood lighting.
Set up a serving station on your coffee table so all of your snacks and beverages are in one place. Opt for simple foods that won’t create a lot of mess, and be sure to provide plenty of napkins and paper plates so your guests aren’t dropping crumbs while they’re snacking. Skip the 7-layer bean dip and make something bite-sized. Try these easy baked ham and cheese rollups, or these tasty-looking smoked salmon and cream cheese cucumber bites (think green!).
Rather than providing multiple bottles for guests to mix their own drinks, which can take up a lot of space, consider making some festive cocktails ahead of time. Here are some recipes you can try:
Plan Some St. Patty’s Fun
All of that party-planning can be stressful. Don’t forget to have fun with your guests! Plan some activities, but keep it simple. Cards Against Humanity is always a great way to get people cracking up. Or you could try one of these quirky games—one of them involves secretly putting stickers on other guests without them noticing. For holiday-inspired fun set up an Irish scavenger hunt with gold coins and packs of skittles as the prizes.
The options are endless, even if your tiny space!
A tiny kitchen space can be frustrating. Between the microwave, the toaster oven, and the coffee pot, not to mention all the pots and pans and utensils, you might feel a little overwhelmed in the organization department. We have good news for you: You won’t have to give up cooking to eat in your tiny space! urBin has compiled a list of kitchen gadgets that will make your small kitchen experience easier and a little less cluttered.
Here at urBin, we spend a lot of time thinking about space and how to get more of it. Delivering extra space is our passion, so here are some neat ideas to help you maximize the space you already have (and even use some help from John Locke!). Continue reading “Organizational Solutions for a Tiny NYC Closet”
Translating square footage into actual space can be pretty tricky. This is why just about all real estate listings will have pictures for you to look at. Better to actually get a glimpse of the space you’re considering than to just read off a number for square footage. With a wide angle lense and proper staging, you can easily be tricked into thinking that a listing is a lot bigger than it actually is. Since it’s just impractical to visit every listing you come upon in person, here are some quick tips to help you get a get a better sense for space before you actually make the trip out.
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