Apartment Advice

5 Studio Organization Apartment Tips for a Cleaner Year

This post comes to us from Angus Flynn – an experienced property manager at Jefferson Silverlake, a luxury apartment complex located in Grapevine, TX.

The two-story house with a white picket fence on an acre of property may be the old American dream. But today’s independent adults are starting out in studio apartments instead.

Sure, owning a big home is a wonderful goal for the future. When you don’t want to put yourself in debt to get there, though, a studio is a smart economic choice.

Moving into a small apartment comes with big benefits, like more financial freedom and less cleaning.

If you keep your studio organized, you’ll see that just a little daily upkeep and a few monthly chores are all it takes to live happily in your new home.


1. Put Together a Basic Cleaning Kit

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One advantage of living in a studio is the newfound free time. When you have less to clean, you’ll have more time to do the things you love.

But, while you don’t need to clean as often, you do need to use the same supplies. Instead of having to run to the store when you are out of an item, put together a basic cleaning kit and refill it regularly.

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In a supply tote or cupboard, store your cleaning chemicals, a mop, broom, and duster. When your supplies start to run low, add them to your list for your next shopping trip.

In addition to your basic kit, you’ll need some special cleaning supplies for each room. You need a plunger in your bathroom, for example, and you might even want a squeegee if you have a glass shower door. A bottle of mold and mildew spray is also necessary to prevent the buildup of germs.

Since chores are done less frequently, they’ll be less stressful. Cleaning will be a breeze, and you’ll have a spotless living space.

2. Arrange Your Furniture Strategically

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The funny thing about studios is that they have all of the same rooms that a large apartment has. You have your living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom, but they’re all squeezed into one small area.

And, aside from the bathroom, each room exists literally in the same space.

If you want, you can make your apartment feel like several different rooms. The trick is to place your furniture in the right spots to separate one “room” from another. Ignore the preassigned walls in your studio and create your own!

An easy way to start is to align similarly sized furniture back to back. Place your couch so it abuts your bed. Keep an ottoman at the foot of the bed so it sits in both the “bedroom” and “living area.” You can even place a freestanding bookshelf between your bed and the kitchen area to divide the two spaces.

Repeat this idea until all of your furniture has been used to make imaginary walls.


3. Combine Storage and Furnishings

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Where you put your furniture is important, but so is the type of furniture you have.

When you’re trying to make the most of a tiny apartment, it’s crucial to stick with double-duty furniture. Furnishings that contain hidden storage space will help you keep your home clean and looking nice.

When you’re shopping, look for decor such as:

  • Daybeds with extra storage under the cushions
  • Raised beds with built-in drawers and shelves
  • Wall-mounted desks that fold up

Living in a studio space forces you to be savvier with your home decor. But if every piece of furniture you own serves more than one function, you’ll be golden.

Related: The 7 Best Pull-Out Sofas for Your Apartment

 


4. Give Yourself Some Privacy

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Everyone needs their own private space, even inside their home. Creating the illusion of an enclosed wall around your bedroom area will give you privacy, even when guests are over.

Ideally, your bedroom nook will be out of sight to someone sitting on your couch. But it’s difficult to make that happen with just furniture. You may not be able to build new walls in your apartment, but you can use room dividers.

These standalone accessories separate one area from the rest of the studio. They’re available in lots of styles, so you should be able to find something that matches your home design.

You just need to decide if you want a folding divider (like this one from IKEA), or a semi-permanent choice that stays standing.

One of the benefits of a freestanding room divider is that it not only acts as a wall, but you can use it like one. Depending on how sturdy it is, you may be able to mount shelving to your divider or hang a shoe organizer on it.

Looking for blackout curtains to increase your privacy? Check out our article about the best blinds that block the sun.

5. Keep Away From Clutter

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One of the worst parts about living in a small studio is the lack of counter space. Because of this, clutter tends to build up quickly, making an already small room look even smaller.

For this reason, it’s important to create a system that lets you manage your clutter. Junk drawers might work in a bigger home, but not here.

The good news is that it’s easy to keep your stuff contained and manageable. Many storage solutions exist to help you maximize space.

For example:

  • Standing racks to organize your food
  • Can racks for beverages, canned goods, and spices
  • Pull-out baskets for your kitchen cabinets
  • Over-the-sink drying racks for dishes

Don’t forget about all of your other flat surfaces, either. Use the empty space on your fridge for magnetic organizers and the wasted area on your doors for hanging sorters.

With the right tools, it’s easy to get and stay organized!


Conclusion

Studio apartment living takes some getting used to. But with a proactive approach to storage and cleaning, you can make the most of any space, no matter the size.

There’s a reason why so many people are flocking to studios: it’s simple, cost-efficient, and even kind of fun. You’ve already got what they want, so use it well and enjoy the benefits!

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