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!