When young adults first move out of their parents’ house they usually don’t have many options when it comes to housing. A small studio apartment is usually their first step into independence. And while it may seem daunting to live on your own, having full control over your living arrangements can give you the chance to fully express yourself.
Many fear that tiny living means feeling claustrophobic all the time but in reality, it is all about preparation. Living in a small apartment doesn’t have to be an awful experience. Here are some tips and tricks I picked up when I first started living on my own.
In any apartment furniture layout is key to living comfortably but this is especially true when it comes to small spaces. I lived in a studio apartment for five years and I went through three different layouts to find the one that I loved.
I found it crucial to divide the only room in the house into various zones. I am the kind of person who needs to have a proper computer desk to get any work done and I absolutely cannot write anything while lying on the sofa. So what I did was: take a medium-sized bookcase and put it in the middle of the room to separate the sofa and the desk. This way I didn’t sleep where I worked and vice versa. It created an illusion of having two rooms during the daytime, one for me where I worked and the other for my boyfriend. The bookcase ‘barrier’ obviously wasn’t soundproof but it gave me enough space to concentrate.
However, creating independent zones in one room will almost definitely make it seem even smaller and more cramped so be aware of that.
Do you also have a tiny kitchen that is too small for even one person to be in? I know what that’s like. What you can do is firstly, use smaller appliances or appliances that have many functions in one. For example, I definitely recommend purchasing a short fridge, the one that isn’t taller than the countertop. This way you gain not only a place to store your food, you can also put items on top of it. Many common kitchen items come in mini sizes now, you can easily get a tiny cutting board or a small dish rack that will fit right next to your sink.
Any storage needs should be fully covered by shelves and cabinets to leave the counters free for preparing food and cooking. If there are any items that you don’t use often, maybe take them out of the kitchen and put them somewhere else where you have more room. I always took the bulky kitchen equipment, like the wok frying pan I got as a gift and hardly ever used, to the small closet in the entry hall. Same with the waffle maker. I like waffles like any other person but if I’m only going to be using it every two weeks at most, its place is not in my tiny kitchen.
Don’t fret about living in a small apartment because any space can be made into a place you want to spend time if you think outside the box.