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|20 May|3 mins

Storage hacks for your compact apartment

Let's get creative, people
Rebecca Hooton
20 May
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Living in a tiny apartment is basically a rite of passage - especially if your dreams involve getting a job in any major CBD (like Sydney or New York). Sigh, for every aspiring fashion editor. Or if you're like me, and always wanted to become features editor at Cosmopolitan and your early twenties involved being an editor's PA (read: not earning very much), you could kiss any ideas about living in a place bigger than an influencer's fanny pack goodbye.

I remember moving out of my parents' home when I got my first ever actual-paying job at a food magazine into a share home (and all of my belongings had to squeeze into one bedroom), then into a studio apartment in Leichhardt (which wasn't much bigger).

Living somewhere small can actually be amazing. Apart from the fact we can really only have one mate over at a time (form an orderly queue, guys), it has plenty of other benefits. Less cleaning, for starters - great, excellent, sign us up.

A small space also means you can try out all the cute ideas you see all over Pinterest. They might look cool (we need a swing in our living room immediately), but are also very useful when you need to get the most bang for your square-metre.

Believe me, a few tiny-house hacks make all the difference between loving your home, or wanting to stay back in the office and eat Uber at your desk to avoid going home (been there, done that).

So here are some cool space-saving hacks for any compact apartment…

Advice
|20 May|3 mins

Storage hacks for your compact apartment

Let's get creative, people
Rebecca Hooton
20 May
Share:

Living in a tiny apartment is basically a rite of passage - especially if your dreams involve getting a job in any major CBD (like Sydney or New York). Sigh, for every aspiring fashion editor. Or if you're like me, and always wanted to become features editor at Cosmopolitan and your early twenties involved being an editor's PA (read: not earning very much), you could kiss any ideas about living in a place bigger than an influencer's fanny pack goodbye.

I remember moving out of my parents' home when I got my first ever actual-paying job at a food magazine into a share home (and all of my belongings had to squeeze into one bedroom), then into a studio apartment in Leichhardt (which wasn't much bigger).

Living somewhere small can actually be amazing. Apart from the fact we can really only have one mate over at a time (form an orderly queue, guys), it has plenty of other benefits. Less cleaning, for starters - great, excellent, sign us up.

A small space also means you can try out all the cute ideas you see all over Pinterest. They might look cool (we need a swing in our living room immediately), but are also very useful when you need to get the most bang for your square-metre.

Believe me, a few tiny-house hacks make all the difference between loving your home, or wanting to stay back in the office and eat Uber at your desk to avoid going home (been there, done that).

So here are some cool space-saving hacks for any compact apartment…

Image via @zilverblauw

Crates as storage units

Using crates as decor (bonus points if they're pink Evian Water ones) has become a thing lately, and we love it. Think of it like the wooden bed crates of 2018. It could work with any milk crates and is a great way to stack up some extra storage where it would be random to have a set of drawers. In this pic, they've popped a pot plant in it, but we can see ourselves chucking in things like DVDs (you know, if you're like me and still can't part with that The Hills box set even though you no longer own a DVD player), shoes, or anything that has potential to clutter up your space (scarves, beanies) and you need to tuck away.

Crates as storage units

Using crates as decor (bonus points if they're pink Evian Water ones) has become a thing lately, and we love it. Think of it like the wooden bed crates of 2018. It could work with any milk crates and is a great way to stack up some extra storage where it would be random to have a set of drawers. In this pic, they've popped a pot plant in it, but we can see ourselves chucking in things like DVDs (you know, if you're like me and still can't part with that The Hills box set even though you no longer own a DVD player), shoes, or anything that has potential to clutter up your space (scarves, beanies) and you need to tuck away.

Image via @charlotte_nilsson

Creative seating

The most annoying thing about a small space is that you can’t really fit a giant lounge in there. So, a girl’s gotta get creative. Have a bunch of stools, cushions and a cosy rug for when you want to have a few people over for pizza. For extra points, add a swing or hammock in the middle of the room where you'd otherwise have dead space - which is not okay when there’s not an inch to spare.

Creative seating

The most annoying thing about a small space is that you can’t really fit a giant lounge in there. So, a girl’s gotta get creative. Have a bunch of stools, cushions and a cosy rug for when you want to have a few people over for pizza. For extra points, add a swing or hammock in the middle of the room where you'd otherwise have dead space - which is not okay when there’s not an inch to spare.

Image via @charlotte_nilsson

Nesting tables

Remember those wooden dolls that stack inside each other and were the best to play with when you were little? This is the table version. You want to get them as a set… usually three tables in the same style but progressively smaller, and they tuck in under each other. They not only save you space when you’re not using them, but are very on trend right now.

Nesting tables

Remember those wooden dolls that stack inside each other and were the best to play with when you were little? This is the table version. You want to get them as a set… usually three tables in the same style but progressively smaller, and they tuck in under each other. They not only save you space when you’re not using them, but are very on trend right now.

Image via @alicia_macias. Home @ceci_oh

Hang things when you can

Is there anything you can hang on your walls to get them up out of your way, but that will also look cool? It works well with jewellery - I hang my earrings and necklaces on my horizontal wooden blinds and they look pretty when they catch the light. You can hang your kitchen utensils like ladles and tongs from a wire strung up over your bench. And if you’re really clever and have a huge glasses collection like me, hang your specs up too. They give off cool hipster vibes, which might just do you some favours getting that fashion editor job. haha

Hang things when you can

Is there anything you can hang on your walls to get them up out of your way, but that will also look cool? It works well with jewellery - I hang my earrings and necklaces on my horizontal wooden blinds and they look pretty when they catch the light. You can hang your kitchen utensils like ladles and tongs from a wire strung up over your bench. And if you’re really clever and have a huge glasses collection like me, hang your specs up too. They give off cool hipster vibes, which might just do you some favours getting that fashion editor job. haha

Image via @mariawarnkenoerregaard. Home @everclassic_com

Break the rules

Just because you’ve never seen an office desk bumped up against a bookshelf before, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Play around with how you use your wall spaces. There might be little nooks you can create… like how they’ve added a mini desk and chair up against a bookshelf to create a mini office area - with reading inspo within reach. It might be different, but it still makes sense, which is why it works.

Bags that don't take up much space

Break the rules

Just because you’ve never seen an office desk bumped up against a bookshelf before, doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Play around with how you use your wall spaces. There might be little nooks you can create… like how they’ve added a mini desk and chair up against a bookshelf to create a mini office area - with reading inspo within reach. It might be different, but it still makes sense, which is why it works.

Bags that don't take up much space
Rebecca Hooton
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