I recently moved into a studio apartment earlier this summer. Now, I have moved a lot over the years. I mean A LOT. I have moved ten times in the last seven years, so at this point I am getting pretty darn good at it. However, this last move was different than my other moves. This time I was actually going to be living alone for the first time in my life and have the least amount of space that I have ever had to keep my things in (336 square feet to be precise). I have always loved living with all of the roomies I have had over the years (that includes you Ma!) but living alone was something I was really looking forward to. I am a tidy person and I love to have things organized and I was overly excited about how I could put things away the way I wanted them, I could decorate without having to consult the opinions of others, I could start getting nice home-y things that I wasn’t afraid to use!
But with all of that excitement also led me to think “how the heck am I going to fit allll of this, into that little studio?”
So, I started clearing out things I didn’t use or didn’t need. You can read all about that on my post here. The truth is, Americans live with SO much more than we actually need. We feel this pressure to keep up with the latest and greatest things. To have the best outfit (and God forbid we wear it twice), or to have the latest gadget (only to have a drawer full of old gadgets), or to put ourselves into debt to have a nice new car that only impresses people we don’t even like. I have been learning how to be content with the things that I don’t have, but believe me, I still have a loooong way to go.
The new place has one closet. One! That means that all of my clothes, shoes, and bags need to fit in there but also any extra storage! I had to get creative with ways to store things and to have furniture serve more than one purpose.
I swapped out my old tall dresser that had fewer drawers for this shorter longer dresser with more drawers. It was an ugly laminate brown color so I decided I wanted to paint it a pretty clean white instead. I followed the directions on this blog post and it turned out better than I expected! Now it not only holds my clothes but it also serves as a TV stand!
Also, I use bed risers to not only feel like I have a big girl bed (which I don’t) but to also hide extra storage that I can keep under it!
I don’t plan to entertain a ton in my tiny space but you just never know when you might have a few buddies that need to have a sleepover after a night out! I found this love seat at Ikea that folds out to another bed! Ikea never ceases to amaze me. This little guy is perfect for my small space.
Another way I have been able to save space was another Ikea score. As you know, Ikea likes to sell their furniture in pieces. When you want to buy a desk you need to buy the table legs and table top separately. The options that they call ‘table legs’ can be pretty interesting. You can chose standard legs, drawers, shelves and more! Since I am tight not only on floor space, but wall space, I went with an option where one of my desk ‘legs’ was a bookshelf! So not only can I keep things arranged on top of the desk, but also in the bookshelf on the side for the extra storage.
I am still arranging and moving things around to try and get the most efficiency out of the space. I have incorporated a lot more white for an airy design and also tried to keep one color palette throughout each ‘room.’
I will update more on the decor as I make progress! Stay tuned!