DIY LIFESTYLE PLACES

My First Time: Making the Most out of a Small Space

Now that I’m out of debt and have a full-time gig (look at me adulting over here!), I’ve moved into a place of my own. It’s not my first time that I’ve lived on my own or my first time I’ve that lived in a bachelor apartment – however, it is my first time living in an apartment on my own in Toronto. And that’s obviously something to celebrate! So, since this isn’t really a first time, I thought I would share some of my tips for making the most out of a small space.

Tip 1: Organization is everything

When you move into a small space, you realize very quickly how many things you actually own. Even if you’re a person like me (who has moved a million and one times) you wouldn’t think that you actually own too many things. However, that’s a lie. You’re basically lying to yourself at this point. I found that the best way to deal with all of my stuff in my cozy little space would be to stay viciously organized. Luckily, I have been blessed with a lot of closet space. So, I’ve put an extra rack and dresser into one of my closets to make sure all my clothes are out of sight. I also made sure to stack the furniture I’ve already had (I put my old TV console under my desk) to ensure that I have extra storage. As well, I even purchased a couch from IKEA with build-in shelves underneath, just to keep everything tidy. You may have a lot of stuff girl, but at least you have enough space to hide it!

Tip 2: Textures Add Depth

If you live in a bachelor apartment like myself, you can always add in some textures to your spaces to make your space seem bigger. By adding visible textures (you’ll see what I mean by textures in a minute), you can create the appearance of your room being divided into different areas. Even though my bed is right beside my couch, I’ve added a small table that I’ve covered in a palm leaf pattern in between the two pieces of furniture to make a division between the areas. I’ve also kept my gallery wall only above my couch, so that it has a different feel than my bed area. Furthermore, I decided to place my kitchen table far away from both my bed and couch, so that I didn’t feel like I was eating where I slept (although, let’s be real – breakfast in bed is everything). Even though everything is in one room, it feels a lot more spacious because I’m always moving to a different area!

Tip 3: Appreciate your space for what it is

Whether you live in a bachelor, a one bedroom or a shoebox of an apartment, to fully enjoy living in your space, you really have to appreciate it for what it is. As long as you keep in mind that each place will have it’s own problems and quirks and find a way to make it work, then you’ll be happy. Remember, any place you make your own will be a place that you’re happy in!

I have to say that even though I’ve only moved into my place last weekend, I’m so happy with how it’s turned out now that I’ve made the most out of my space. Do you guys have any tips for making the most out of small spaces? Let me know in the comments below!

With love,

52 Comments

  1. Congrats on moving into your own place!! SUCH great tips! I’m moving soon too and will defo be taking some of these tips on board. The shelves under your sofa idea is BRILLIANT!!

    Alya / moorizzla xx

  2. Your place is so pretty! I like how you use intense organization, but also include much of your personality in the mix. Is a bachelor apartment like a studio apartment? Although a lot of studio apartments here are labeled “studio” and not…really…”studio” anymore (Texas be so weird sometimes).

    Thanks for sharing! This helps me a little for when I move into my own place. (:

    Are your plants real? 😀

  3. Congrats on moving into your own place!!! Always wanted to move out as well but I’d need a more stable gig to help me make it through. 🙂

    Amazing tips, too!

  4. Congrats on getting out of debt! Hope everything will go well with you living on your own :). I love how chic your place looks. Your couch looks super cozy! I’m glad you made your new place a welcoming home. Your tip about adding texture to separate space is on point!

    exquisitely.me

    1. Awe thanks so much Nancy! And I deff think that’s the one tip that has the most impact on making your space feel bigger and like your own!

      xo,

      H

  5. Oh! What a lovely apparent (and fresh, bright photography!). The marble clock is so cute and I love the wall of prints you’ve displayed above your sofa. You’ve done a fabulous job with the interior design 🙂

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