10 Oct Find more space in your apartment with a little creativity
1. Bike Storage
You might ride your bike as long as you can, but in the frozen north where we reside, sometimes it’s just not practical. Those 3 foot snow drifts accompanied by 30 mile an hour winds make biking to work, school, or even just for pleasure an activity on hiatus for the season.
So what do you do with the bike until the spring melt? Make it a part of your decor and hang it inside. The designers at Not A Paper House gathered 30 creative bicycle storage ideas. Our favorites? The bike rack made from a stump (this one is from PandaCycles), which you could make yourself for free, and the bike that blends in under a cool piece of art. I guess when spring comes you’ll have to hang your sled there instead. And don’t make it complicated. Utility hooks and plant hangers make for easy ways to mount that bike and keep it up and out of the way.
2. Create a Dresser Under Your Bed
Instead of letting dust bunnies have free reign under your bed, put that space to good use. Under-bed trundles and beds with built-in drawers are nice, but they can be expensive. Instead, grab a bookshelf at a thrift store or garage sale and create storage for sweaters, shoes, or anything else that you’d put in a dresser.
This is a great way to add storage to a child’s room, too, to store toys and avoid adding another piece of furniture that takes up floor space. Kiddos will appreciate the extra space to play, and have room to store Legos, dolls, balls, and Barbies.
3. Bathroom Clutter Be Gone!
As you attempt to keep the clutter to a minimum, think about all those places that are underutilized and never organized. Like under the bathroom sink. We found one cheap, easy, and colorful way to keep all those little things stacked, sorted, and under control–for only 59 cents for each tiny bin! You can see an example of how to make it work from Idea Stand.
Maybe the colors turn you off? Grab a can of spray paint, made specifically for plastic, and use it to personalize it. Add labels and voila! You’ve got order.