Ah, New York City: the apartments are small and the closets are nonexistent.
We lose those many and monstrous closets we took for granted in the suburbs! So where do we put those tank tops and shorts that now make us shiver just by looking at them?
For storage: under the bed
Almost everyone has useable space that they can take advantage of under their bed! You can make it a project and build some drawers, or just put your belongings under there as you will. If you're worried about aesthetic, get a bed skirt to hide the clutter.
1. Almost every person has space under their bed that can be used -- unless you have a waterbed, in which case...you do you.
2. You design it with yourself in mind -- you know how you work! You can make subdivisions for sweaters or live your fullest life color coding all that pesky mail.
3. Budget-friendly -- you decide how much to spend. I ended up spending $50 total on three plastic tubs with wheels that roll.
1. It can easily turn into Narnia down there -- don't let it get out of control as that's a whole other job to take care of.
2. It's dusty -- if you leave things under there all winter and pull them out for the first day of summer, there is a wall of dust just waiting for you.
For saving space: multi-use furniture
Futons, trundle beds, hollow ottomans, etc. Have guests sleeping on the couch all the time? Futons are a two-in-one sofa and bed. Have no place to put all those extra board games? A hollow ottoman will be great for storage AND putting your feet up.
1. There are a lot of options -- all you have to do is look.
2. People in NYC are getting rid of furniture ALL. THE. TIME.
1. It can be expensive -- good furniture doesn't come cheap.
For organization: vacuum storage bags
The easiest way to stockpile your extra stuff. Using a vacuum, these bags compress even the largest of comforters into a manageable size. Repeat with other cloth items, such as towels and clothes.
1. Relatively inexpensive -- usually a pack of six retails for around $30.
2. Bed bug proof!
3. Clear -- you can see what's stored inside.
4. Quick and easy to use.
1. They can develop holes if you're not careful -- don't store anything in here that you'll use every week.
2. They require a vacuum cleaner -- you'd be surprised how many New Yorkers don't own one.
For your sanity: getting rid of the stuff you don't use
We all have that shirt that we bought two years ago and wore once and *swore* that we were going to wear it again. Or that water bottle that was free but it just sits in the cabinet. Or the four extra grocery bags because we never know when we're going to need them. Do yourself a favor: take an hour a day and make some piles: "keep," "sell," and "donate."
1. You can sell gently used clothes for some extra cash -- stores like Buffalo Exchange or Beacon's Closet will gladly go through your bags of stuff and offer to buy whatever's stylin' and season appropriate.
2. You can donate to a good cause -- Goodwill and Housing Works are both great companies that give a second life to your items that weren't used as much.
None -- you get rid of clutter and your stuff goes to someone who will actually use it! :D
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