Apartment Advice

5 Studio Organization Secrets for a More Productive Year

Bobbie Peterson is the Regional Manager for Affinity 56 and has over 12 years of experience in the multifamily housing industry. She is so excited to see this community thrive!

Over the past few decades, studio apartments have gone from a last resort for the poor to a coveted, sleek home for the independent adult. They’re efficient, reasonably priced, and usually in prime neighborhoods.

Studios have the added benefit of being easy to maintain. Big homes need hours of cleaning throughout the week to prevent them from falling into disarray. Studio living, on the other hand, lets you slash that upkeep in half.

But to reap the benefits of a studio apartment, you need to keep it organized. When you keep your studio organized, you won’t have to spend as much time deep cleaning, so you’ll have more free time in your schedule.

Here are some studio organization tips to make your life a little easier:


1. Think Minimalistic

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In a studio apartment, downsizing is key. Minimalism should be your goal as you design your layout, choose your decorations, and buy furnishings.

You can still have stuff. But, make sure everything you own has a purpose and is worth the room it takes up.

If a California King bed is something you refuse to do without, then get one! Just understand it takes up a lot of space, and you won’t have room for other things.

Multifunctional Furniture

Streamlined, double-use furniture will help you go small while providing extra storage space.

Look for items that are strategically designed to save room or tuck away when they’re not being used, like:

  • Daybeds with storage instead of a couch or guest bed

With the help of these multifunctional furnishings, you’ll have more than enough room for your belongings.


2. Use the Mantra, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”

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Clutter adds extra stress to your brain, which can hinder your productivity.

In bigger homes, you can spread clutter out amongst multiple rooms, so it’s not so bad. In a studio, though, it all converges into visible chaos.

Living in a cluttered environment makes it difficult to be productive. It’s a research-based fact that procrastination and clutter are directly linked.

If you have a large amount of “stuff” creating disorganization in your studio, it’s time to declutter.

Let’s get one thing straight, though:

Decluttering doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything.

Rather, you have to get it organized and under control. The “out of sight, out of mind” mantra can help you achieve this.

Make a rule for yourself that all of your countertops and other flat surfaces stay empty. You might have a few specific exceptions for things you use daily, like your coffee pot and toaster.

For everything else, hidden storage is the answer. Under-the-cabinet extenders or pull-out drawers limit clutter and keep everything tidy.

Armchair organizers hold your remote, phone charger, and other frequently used items. Drawer dividers separate the little things that would otherwise end up scattered around your “junk drawer.”

No matter which area of your home is cluttered, there’s an organizer designed to help you.

Related: How to Organize Odds and Ends


3. Divide Your Space

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Privacy is not a priority in studios. Because of this, excess walls are usually avoided.

Your bathroom may have its own walls, but that’s probably the extent of it. If you want to wall off your bedroom area, you’ll have to do it yourself.

Wherever you’d like to add more privacy, you can hang long drapes or use freestanding partitions. They create the illusion of a wall, like a mini-room, and deter guests from wandering into areas of your home where they don’t belong.

If you’d like to have a multifunctional room divider, you can even use a freestanding bookcase. It’ll act as a wall while holding and organizing your library!


4. Designate an Office Area (And Keep it Sacred!)

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Everyone needs an office area, or at least a desk. It’s especially important if you work from home.

You may want to work on your bed or couch, but this is bad for many reasons. Aside from the temptation to relax instead of work, research shows that it can have negative effects on your life.

Here are a few downsides to working on your bed or couch:

  • Your relaxing space becomes a place of potential stress.
  • You may find yourself working until you fall asleep, messing up your sleep quality.

Set up an organized office area instead. It doesn’t have to take up a lot of space. Floating fold-down desks hang on your wall and can easily be tucked away when you’re done for the day.

Your health is more important than a cozy workspace. Opt for a comfortable, ergonomically-friendly chair instead.


5. Get Motivated

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It’s easy to get distracted when you are surrounded by everything you own. Set your home up to encourage productivity.

Lighting is key. Dark rooms make our brains sleepy.

Studios usually have a few good-sized windows. Take advantage of the natural light and then add more with bright standalone lamps.

Keep the areas as open as possible, and avoid dark curtains and furnishings.

Use your wall space to add shelving so you can display artwork, books and, inspirational items that remind you to focus on your goals.


In Conclusion

When you’re a self-sufficient person striving to be productive, a studio apartment can be the right home for you. With a bit of strategic organization, you can have more than enough space for comfortable living.

It’s no wonder why studios have become the most sought-after apartments for those seeking independence on a budget!

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