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Three Small Apartment Clothing Storage Hacks

Three Small Apartment Clothing Storage Hacks

If you’ve lived in a small studio or one-bedroom apartment, you know how tough it can be to make space for all your clothes. Small apartments can be limited on closet space, not to mention floor space for additional items such as coat racks, shoe racks, and dressers. With these three small apartment clothing storage hacks, though, chances are you’ll find yourself fitting all your clothes in your small apartment with ease.

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1. Under-bed storage

In small apartments, you only have so much floor space available. That’s why thinking vertically helps when it comes to small apartment clothing storage. Take a look around your apartment at the objects occupying the most floor space – is there any way you can fit other objects under them?

When it comes to your bed, chances are the answer will be yes. The space between your bed frame and your floor can provide more than enough room for storage bins (especially if you elevate your bed frame using bed risers). These under-bed storage bins make great homes for clothes, especially clothes you’re not wearing at the moment – a bin full of neatly folded and organized winter sweaters, for example, fits nicely under your bed and can stay there until the next time winter rolls around.

2. Top shelf storage

Many apartment closets come with a top shelf that provides plenty of storage space. That said, anyone who’s attempted to stack clothes on these top shelves knows that doing so can get messy and unorganized sooner than later. Perhaps more annoyingly, piles of clothes stacked too high on these shelves can easily come tumbling down, ruining all the careful organization work you’ve put in and making it difficult to use all the shelf space available.

Just as with under-bed storage, you can use storage bins to keep your top shelf organized and neat. If the same large, plastic tubs that can fit under your bed also fit your top shelf, you can easily use the same bins, but other options such as foot-by-foot storage cubes with lids may be better suited for turning your top shelf into a well-organized, easily stackable small apartment clothing storage space for socks, underwear, and other modestly sized garments. With proper top-shelf storage items, you can effectively add an extra shelf or two to your closet.

3. Benches, trunks, and ottomans

The best apartment storage hacks simultaneously expand the space you have available for stashing away items while adding decorative flair to your apartment. Benches, trunks, and especially ottomans can easily pull off this pair of needs while helping you maximize your small apartment clothing storage.

A bench at the foot of your bed that both looks nice and is tall enough to gently disguise storage boxes under it can help to streamline your small apartment clothing storage. A trunk that at first appears to be just a pretty decoration can likewise include ample space for coats, linens, and more. A large storage ottoman may be best of all for small apartment clothing storage, as not only do ottomans look especially natural at the foot of a bed and provide additional seating, but they also tend to mask their double use as storage far better than benches and trunks do.

How do you make space for your small apartment clothing storage? Sound off in the comments!

Published at Mon, 06 Jul 2020 13:06:40 +0000

How to Keep Gnats, Ants, and Flies Out of Your Apartment

Let’s face it: Even the most modern, well-constructed apartments aren’t perfectly sealed to the outdoor world. At some point or another, a gnat, fruit fly, or ant will likely find its way into your apartment. While gnats, ants, and fruit flies are all tiny and virtually harmless, they certainly aren’t pleasant presences, so here’s how you can keep these bugs out of your apartment.

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How to keep fruit flies and gnats out of your apartment

Fruit flies and gnats are particularly pesky invaders in that they can enter your apartment through produce you buy at the grocery store. With fruit flies, you may have better luck handling your insect problem once your unwanted visitors arrive rather than beforehand. Fruit fly traps, for example, are quite simple to create using just some basic household goods. Preventative measures, though of limited success with fruit flies, can include taking out your garbage more regularly, cleaning dirty dishes sooner than later, and minimizing damp spaces to potentially keep these bugs out of your apartment.

How to keep house flies out of your apartment

While fruit flies are so tiny they can sometimes be easy to miss, house flies are larger and, to many people, more annoying due to their constant buzzing. Additionally, since house flies can see everything around them at all times, killing them using fly swatters can prove immensely challenging. 

Like fruit flies, house flies can be tricky to prevent from getting into your apartment. However, since house flies are bigger than fruit flies, simply keeping your doors and windows closed – or at least making sure your window screens are down when your windows are open – can help keep house flies outside.

If house flies begin populating your apartment, try hanging fly tape near the spot in your apartment where you see the most flies. This method can also be useful for reducing fruit fly populations, whereas other fruit fly and gnat techniques such as homemade traps may be less successful when dealing with house flies.

How to keep ants out of your apartment

Ants can be especially tricky to keep out of your apartment. Not only can they fit through the tiniest of cracks, but they can also crawl all over surfaces throughout your apartment, meaning that nothing of yours is truly off-limits to them. That said, ants may be easier to avoid bringing into your apartment than are gnats, fruit flies, and house flies. 

Whereas gnats, fruit flies, and house flies will theoretically enter any apartment with produce, dirty dishes, or a garbage bin, ants are significantly less likely to go to apartments with no obvious mess. A clean apartment is thus a huge – and easy – ant deterrent. Another preventative method is spraying lemon juice into any cracks and holes from which you see ants emerge, as the high acidity of lemon juice can disrupt ants’ biological signals and discourage them from entering your apartment.

What about other insects?

Whereas fruit flies, gnats, ants, and houseflies are small and harmless insects, you may also be worried about bigger nuisances such as roaches and fleas. These insects can be tougher to deter. For advice on dealing with roaches, click here, and for advice on fleas, click here.

Published at Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:03:27 +0000