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Storage Solutions for Moving to a Small Apartment

Storage Solutions for Moving to a Small Apartment

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Bigger is better, or is it?

We all have heard this societal narrative about the need to own bigger homes in coffee shop conversations. However, the pandemic has forced many homeowners in Singapore to rethink their current living conditions. While some are motivated to upgrade to a larger space, there are a handful who are looking to downsize to a smaller apartment for different reasons. We have listed out some of the potential advantages and disadvantages of downsizing your home to assist you in your home-moving decision:

Advantages of Downsizing

  • Increased cash flow: By selling your existing home, your sales proceeds would be able to cover the majority, if not all of your new small apartment, resulting in lesser monthly mortgage payments. This gives you additional cash flow to allocate to other day-to-day expenses.
  • Lower utility bills: Smaller homes naturally translate to lower usage of electricity, water and internet, which reduces carbon footprint and thus lowering your monthly utility costs.
  • Reduced consumption: Embrace minimalism by only purchasing what you need. Smaller spaces simply means making mindful and intentional purchases to prevent clutter from building around your home.
  • Decreased home maintenance: Less space reduces time spent on household tasks, leaving you more hours in the day to enjoy the beauty and serenity of your home.

Disadvantages of Downsizing

  • Lack of rooms: If your apartment is under 900 square feet, it is very unlikely to have a spare bedroom to accommodate guests. Assuming you are intending to start a family soon, you may not have available rooms to build a nursery for your little bundle of joy.
  • Fewer belongings: With the amount of belongings amassed over the years, it can be difficult to sell, donate or discard certain items due to emotional attachment.

Apartment Storage Ideas on a Budget

Whether you are downsizing to a small apartment, or moving out of your parents’ house for the very first time, it is important to plan out the areas of storage utilisation in your new home. If you happen to be on a shoestring budget, here are some practical storage hacks that will not break the bank.

1. Utilise Wall Spaces

With small spaces, vertical spaces are your best bet. Not only does it allow you to maximise your storage space, it creates the illusion of a bigger room by drawing attention to the ceiling. Use wall-mounted hooks or hanging organisers for coats, bags, and hats near the entranceway. Or you can install sky-high floating shelves on walls to display books, plants and decorative pieces. Let your creativity run wild.

2. Opt for Multi-Functional Furniture

Investing in multi-functional furniture is a game-changer for small apartment living. Look for furniture such as sofa beds, bed frames with built-in storage, ottomans with storage, and coffee tables that double as workstations. These pieces not only save space but also add versatility to your living area.

3. Leverage Your Window Storage

Install heavy-weight ceiling rails over your windowsill or an affordable automated laundry rack to hang your clothes. With a seamless indoor drying rack system, it not only gets the job done, but also tucks away nicely when not in use.

4. Improvise Your Kitchen Space 

In a small apartment kitchen, organisation is key. Install magnetic racks on the side of your refrigerator to store spices or metal utensils. Use stackable containers and drawer organisers to maximise cabinet space, or hang some hooks on the inside of your cabinet doors to store coffee mugs and commonly-used utensils. You can also mount an aesthetic-looking rack from the ceiling to hang your pots and pans in order to reduce visual clutter.

6. Transparent Storage Containers

As the saying goes, “out of sight, out of mind”. It is little wonder acrylic storage containers are all the rage now among homeowners looking for organisational hacks. These nifty labelled containers are the perfect solution to keeping everything visible and accessible, while serving as a smart organisational system to prevent unnecessary clutter.

Unique Storage Ideas for Small Spaces

1. Get Creative with Repurposing 

Think outside the box and repurpose everyday items for storage purposes. For example, use a ladder as a bookshelf or towel rack, repurpose old suitcases as stylish storage containers, or transform an old wooden crate into a unique side table with built-in storage. The possibilities are endless.

2. Maximise Closet Space 

Closets are often underutilised in small spaces. Invest in closet organisers such as hanging shoe racks, stackable bins, or cascading hangers to maximise vertical space and keep clothing and accessories organised. Consider adding additional shelves or installing a wardrobe system if needed.

3. Drawer Dividers

These handy accessories are an absolute lifesaver. They ensure each item has its designated spot, and keep your drawers neat and tidy. Use them in your bedroom, bathroom, closet, office supplies or kitchen drawers. For larger drawers, consider getting a set of extendable adjustable drawer dividers for a more versatile configuration.

4. Pegboards

Keep frequently used items within reach with pegboards. Not only can you customise the arrangement of hooks and accessories to suit your needs, it also allows you to showcase your personal style. Hang them over your work desk or by the entryway for quick access to your daily essentials.

5. Hanging Shoe Organisers

Say goodbye to shoe clutter with a hanging shoe organiser. Hang it on the back of a door or inside your closet to keep your footwear collection organised and visible. This solution is perfect for those with a passion for shoes but limited floor space.

6. Rolling Carts

Roll up a tiny pushcart for your booze, snack stash or linen storage. These practical mini trolleys are specifically designed to fit in the smallest of spaces and can be moved to wherever you need it.

7. Wall-Mounted Bicycle Rack

If you are a bike enthusiast, a wall-mounted bike rack is an excellent space-saving solution. Mount your bicycle on the wall to free up valuable floor space and showcase your beloved ride as a stylish décor piece.

Storage Ideas for Small Bedroom Spaces

Use Under-Bed Storage

Instead of letting this overlooked area collect dust, consider investing in storage containers or drawers specifically designed to fit under beds. This is a great solution for storing off-season clothing, extra bedding, or bulky items that do not need to be accessed frequently. 

Bunk Beds for Kids

If you can stack storage containers, you definitely can stack your kids. Get space-saving bunk beds that you can easily flush against the wall to free up your floor space for fun play activities that your kids would enjoy.

Rethink your bedside table

Traditional nightstands often consist of a shelf and drawer. However, if your home is following the japandi design theme, you can consider repurposing an affordable wooden stool as your bedside table for that minimalist zen vibe.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I build storage in my apartment with no storage?

One solution is to make use of vertical space by installing shelves or hanging organisers. Another idea is to utilise under-bed storage containers or ottomans with concealed compartments. To maximise closet space, employ organisers and add extra shelving if possible.

Additionally, explore creative storage solutions such as wall hooks, over-the-door organisers, or modular furniture that can be customised based on your requirements.

What should you do if you do not have enough storage in your house?

Start by sorting out and giving away or selling things you no longer require. Make the most of vertical space by building shelves or setting up wall-mounted organisers. Take advantage of storage containers that fit under your bed or ottomans with concealed compartments. Consider using furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as bookshelves with built-in drawers. Increase hanging storage in closets with the help of door hangers.

Alternatively, you might wish to consider renting a self-storage unit near your new home for quick accessibility to your belongings.

How do you keep a small room clutter free?

Carve out specific areas for different activities to maintain organisation. Develop good daily tidying habits by putting things back in their designated places.

What are some storage solutions?

  • Closet organisers: Maximise your closet space with hanging shelves, shoe racks, and dividers.
  • Storage ottomans: These stylish pieces of furniture double as seating while providing hidden storage inside.

What is the most efficient way to store things?

  • Shelving units: Perfect for displaying and storing items, these versatile units come in various sizes and styles.
  • Bins and baskets: Ideal for organising smaller items, these containers can be used on shelves or under beds.
  • Hanging organisers: Great for maximising vertical space in closets and behind doors.
  • Under-bed storage: Utilise the space under your bed for extra storage.
  • Closet organisers: Keep your clothes, shoes, and accessories neatly arranged.

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