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5 Studio Organization Secrets for a More Organized Year

This article comes to us from Angus Flynn, Business Manager of Arte. He has extensive experience with a variety of properties, from large lease-ups to smaller, more urban assets!

In theory, living in a studio apartment is the epitome of urban sophistication on a budget.

In reality, that’s true. But it can also be tough to live in a space with minimal square footage.

A studio apartment is often the most affordable option for people who want to live on their own. You have a reasonable rent and your own private home. What’s not to love about it?

There’s a downfall that can come with studio living if you’re not careful:

Organization quickly falls victim to chaotic clutter.

It can be difficult to cram all of your belongings into one small space and still keep everything neat and tidy. But with these studio organization secrets, you can have your affordable apartment and keep it clean, too!

1. Invest in Studio-Friendly Furniture

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When it comes to choosing the furniture for your new place, small and strategic are the adjectives you must keep in mind.

Unless it’s an absolute necessity for you, a king bed (or even a queen) isn’t going to be the best use of space. Neither is a giant sofa or kitchen table.

This doesn’t mean that you have to settle for whatever fits. You don’t have to choose space over quality; you just have to make sure your furniture is studio-friendly.

This means that each item should either serve more than one purpose or fold up when not in use. For example:

  • Murphy beds that can be tucked into the wall during the day
  • Pull-out sofas that serve as a couch during the day and extra bed at night
  • Bookshelves with drawer and shelf space for things besides books
  • TV stands with lots of storage space for your belongings
  • Storage ottomans that hide your clutter but also serve as an extra seat or footrest

Once you have the right furniture, the next step is to use it to your advantage.

You may only have one room in your apartment, but by arranging your furniture carefully, you can create the illusion of multiple rooms.

Use tall furniture, like bookshelves or room dividers to separate your “bedroom” and “living room.” This will make your apartment feel bigger than it really is.

2. Buy Some Storage Solutions

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Since you don’t have a lot of space in your studio, you have to use what you do have to its maximum potential. To do this, you should invest in some savvy storage solutions.

There are plenty of standalone products that don’t require hardware or holes in the wall, such as:

Use these products to increase your storage space. They’ll help you keep your apartment surfaces clear, which will make your home look much better.

3. Tidy Up Every Day

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A clean home is important, regardless of the size. But in a small space like a studio apartment, it’s necessary for your health, too.

Germs thrive in small areas and spread rapidly. The good news is that a little bit of preventative cleaning keeps the doctor away.

Ten minutes of nightly cleaning and putting everything back in its place won’t throw your schedule off. But it will keep your studio apartment from deteriorating into a level of disarray and germ-infestation that’s hard to come back from.

Block out time in your day specifically to tidy up.

Related: The 10-Step Home Organization Checklist for a Happier Home

This is a routine you’ll have to stick to. But when your body is healthy and your apartment is clean, it will be worth it!

4. Create an Entryway Area

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Every home, even a studio, has a transitional entryway. Yours just isn’t as visible as those in a typical apartment.

But with a bit of creativity and the studio-friendly furniture you bought, you can make one!

Use a baker’s rack or storage bench to mimic the idea of a mudroom. Hang some hooks on the wall for jackets, hats, scarves, and keys. If you’d like, you can even get a wall-mounted basket for your mail.

This sets the area apart as the place to take off shoes, drop mail, and hang coats.

In short, it keeps the mess at the door (and the dirt off your clean floors).

5. Adjust Your Style

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Your home is supposed to be your sanctuary.

It’s a place where you can get away from the rest of the world and surround yourself with things that make you feel good. It’s where you get to decorate with things that match your style.

While your personality may be exuberant and large, your studio might not be the best place to show it off.

Smaller apartments call for a more minimalistic approach, with streamlined furniture and sleek appliances. You don’t have to give up your style completely, but in order to fit everything you need, you may have to downsize a bit.

You can more than makeup for a minimal style with accents. Hang some art on the wall. Lay a few colorful rugs on the floor. Throw in items with splashes of bold color if your personality calls for it.

In Conclusion

There are many benefits to living in a studio. They’re quaint, cozy, and, most of all, affordable.

But in order to reap all of the benefits of studio living, you must keep your place orderly.

Stay organized and clean with these secrets, and your little home will be a place you’ll go to for big enjoyment!

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