7 Clever Organization Ideas for Your Essex Apartment Home

May 12th 2015

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Living in an apartment home offers many convenient advantages. Take, for instance, maintenance. Homeowners spend much of their weekends mowing, raking, painting and so much more. For homeowners, there's always an endless list of maintenance chores to be done. As an apartment resident, maintenance chores are just something you don’t have to worry about. You're free to spend your weekends enjoying much more pleasant activities.

Aside from all the great stress-free benefits of living in an apartment home, apartment living can come with a few disadvantages, too.

Make the Most of Your Essex Apartment Home Space

Every lifestyle choice comes with advantages and disadvantages. One drawback that apartment dwellers can sometimes face is lack of space. But that's something that can be easily overcome with a bit of creative thinking and a flair for organization.

Here are 7 tips to make the most of the space your Essex apartment home offers:

1. Floating Shelves. Wall space is often among the most underused surface area of any home, apartments included. And that represents LOTS of storage space. If you're going to install a large number of shelves, staggering them can help keep them from looking boring and bland. Be sure to check with your apartment community management office before making any changes to the apartment structure.  

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2. Arrange Furniture to Create Mini-Rooms. Make the most of your floor space by arranging your furniture by function to create little purpose-driven nooks. By doing so, you can get double- or even triple-duty from a larger room such as a living room or master bedroom.

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3. Two-For-One Furniture. Look for opportunities to double the utility of large furniture pieces. A table, for example, might serve as both a desk and a dining table.

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4. Float Your Furniture. There's a general tendency to place large items of furniture against the walls in larger apartment rooms such as living rooms, but oftentimes, there's no need to do that. In many cases, you can move the furniture closer together, away from the walls, and still have plenty of room between the pieces of furniture. The extra space between walls and furniture can be put to other uses, or can provide a more expansive, airy feel to a room.

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5. Nesting Tables. There’s no need to have unused tables taking up precious floor space when you don't need them. Nesting tables offer the advantage of providing lots of extra table space on demand, only when you need it. The rest of the time they're out of sight, out of mind—and most importantly, out of the way.

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6. Platform Bed. Think of all that floor space taken up by your bed. Wasted space! OK, maybe it's not completely wasted if you've already got some stuff stuffed under your bed. But you could store a lot more with a platform bed that incorporates built-in storage. A LOT more!

 

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7. Folding Kitchen Island. Many houses feature a kitchen island. Many apartment homes don't. But that doesn't mean you can't have one. You can. And it doesn't have to be in the way the whole time you're not using it. Folding kitchen islands can be there when you need them, and out of the way when you don't.

 

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