Storage Solutions for Urban Living

by Chelsea McDonnoughJuly 25, 2013

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If you’ve ever lived in an apartment, condo, or loft you know space is at a premium. You have to be creative when living in small spaces to maximize what little space you have. So today I’m sharing some storage solutions for urban living.

Check out this cool kitchen utensil organizer made out of an old door. Maximizing vertical space is one of the keys to organization. The door is utilizing the vertical space without taking up much space on the floor. This is also a great way to add color to your place if you aren’t allowed to paint the walls.

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Take advantage of every nook and cranny in your apartment. This person put five shelves in an awkward area of their bathroom for additional storage. Store your items in baskets if you don’t want all of your items out in the open. Also, take advantage of the top of your toilet. I love the idea of putting a tray on top for perfumes, lotions, and other bathroom items.

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Really limited on space? Look into getting a box spring that doubles as hidden storage. I know Ikea sells them – this is perfect for storing anything, from out-of-season clothing to linens.

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Back to utilizing vertical space, take advantage of your doors. It’s mind blowing how many over-the-door organizers and accessories that are being made. You can use an over-the-door shoe organizer for just about anything that will fit into the pockets.

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Here’s another awesome example of utilizing a door– an over-the-door vanity. It’s perfect for someone who can’t fit a vanity in their apartment or they have a roommate who’s always hogging the bathroom mirror. This is even great to put on the door to your apartment so you can do a touch-up before heading out.

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Like I said before, take advantage of all of those nooks and crannies. Small baskets attached to the inside wall of this laundry closet are perfect for housing cleaning products and/or laundry products.

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Limited on kitchen space? Make use of all of that wall space. Additional shelving on the walls is perfect for storing and displaying pots and pans. Attaching a magnetic knife strip to the wall frees up counter top space a knife block would take up. Adding a kitchen rail and hooks will allow you to hang miscellaneous items, freeing up space in cabinets and drawers.

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I hope you can put some of these ideas to use in your apartment. Just remember to get the most out of the space you have. Do you have any additional urban living storage solutions you’d like to share?

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Chelsea McDonnough