You’re ready to move on from your current living situation, and you’ve just signed a lease on a great new condo in Los Angeles. Congratulations!
As you pack your boxes, you’ve been dreaming of where you’ll put your furniture, what pictures will go on which walls and all those long walks you’ll take in your new neighborhood.
Your new condo in Los Angeles is great, but it’s a little short on spare closet space. To get through your move without having to ditch a bunch of your stuff while also avoiding a condo packed with boxes, you’re going to need to get creative with your storage space.
Here are 5 great small space storage ideas for your new condo in Los Angeles:
LET YOUR FURNITURE DO DOUBLE DUTY
You need to have furniture anyway, so why not make that furniture stash some of your stuff out of sight?
If you can swap out some of your pieces, such as your coffee tables and seating, with furniture that has storage underneath, you can easily hide spare blankets, books, and magazines, or pet toys in small baskets in the cubbies.
For those other pieces that may not be so easy to replace, such as your bed or couch, consider investing in some large, flat plastic storage bins that can slide under the furniture. Use these to store out-of-season clothing, extra shoes, holiday decorations, or linens.
If you’ve got a limited amount of horizontal storage space, then you’ll have to make great use of your vertical space.
In your kitchen, try storing lighter, less-used appliances or special occasion serving dishes in the space between your cabinets and ceiling.
Rather than bringing in a bookshelf for storage, as this can take up a lot of floor space and cause your space to feel cramped, install some shelving on your walls. You can use them to store books, display photos and decor, and even keep lesser used items such as gloves and hats in small baskets.
Wall shelving also works great in a bathroom. Attach a couple of sturdy baskets to the wall above your door and keep extra towels and washcloths at hand without using up precious closet or drawer space.
LEARN TO LOVE SHOE HOLDERS
Remember those clear plastic over-the-door shoe holders? They’re not just for shoes anymore!
Put one in your linen closet and use it to store bandages, bottles of medicine, and spare bottles of shampoo, freeing up the shelves for towels, extra blankets, and all those spare light bulbs you have hanging around.
Add one on the back of your bedroom door for T-shirts, pairs of leggings, or your workout clothes to give you a little extra dresser space.
Use them in your kitchen to store spices, your home office for those little office supplies, or anything else you can think of.
SEPARATE YOUR SPACE WITH STORAGE
Your new condo in Los Angeles may have an open floor plan, but that doesn’t mean you have to treat everything as one space.
Shelving can be added to break your space up into separate sections – giving you a living room and a home office in one room – while also offering much-needed storage.
Put your books and family photos on one side of the shelving unit, and your office supplies and files on the other. You get twice the storage while using up the same amount of floor space.
BRING BACK PEGBOARDS
What was once the common storage solution in garages everywhere is now becoming popular in small space living: Pegboard.
Kitchen pegboard can hold pot lids, coffee mugs, or buckets attached with S hooks for utensils. Pegboard in the bedroom can store necklaces and bracelets, doubling as an interesting decorative piece. In your office, a pegboard can keep all your pens, pencils, and other office supplies handy without taking up desk or shelf space.
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