Hi my name is Zen. I currently live with my partner in a 3 bedroom and 2 bathroom apartment in Queens, NY. The dilemma is that our bedroom is so tiny we have no space for our clothes, shoes and other stuff. Storage is the worst in our small space. Our closet is full to the max and very sloppy and I have no idea how to start to organize it. When we do laundry, all our clean clothes stay in bags, because there is no room to put it away. The bathroom in our room is almost as big as our bedroom. Go figure! The walls are not deep enough on both sides to make more closet space. This is stressful! We need to implement storage space if that is possible!
Do not be alarmed by the pictures, it was a bad day and usually our room is not that messy. The measurements for our room are 9ft wide and 15ft long, so you can get a visual of our bedroom. We need suggestions! I am anxiously waiting! I have pictures if needed!
Please put pictures on. I imagine you need shelving, drawers, under bed storage (put bed on risers) and storage benches. Can you put an armour in your bathroom? Chest of drawers? Even a tall bookcase with baskets to put clothing/cosmetics/junk(?) in to get it out of the way. Your room size doesn't sound too small...would depend where the windows are and etc.
Pictures are very useful
Are the other bedrooms occupied?
Pictures, please! Have to say, the room size doesn't sound all that small to me either.
Hi, Zen and welcome! Do post the pictures to which you referred and you might get even more valuable suggestions. Without pictures and going from your posted dimensions, there are many ways to approach your dilemna.
A 9x15 bedroom is actually quite large - maybe a screen folder at one end would be helpful - block off part of the room and store clothing not in season in bins so that you can, at least, hang up the clean clothes!
Underbed storage boxes can hold more than you might think and, of course, it might be time to start thinning out the amount of accumulation that you and your partner have managed to accumlate... hard to say; hope you post back with more details. Good luck in any event.
Other suggestions would be to learn how to efficiently fold shirts and other items so they take up less room. Go to Youtube and check out the 2 second folding videos. Depending on the size of your closets - put in extra shelves above the hanging rod and guessing 2 males - put in an extra bar halfway between the top hanging bar and the floor.
In your bathroom since you mention not deep enough for another closet - get the closet storage drawers. I have a set in my closet on the bottom it has 4 cubbies that I have baskets in for odd shaped items and above it has several shelves where I keep tennis shoes and other sandals that don't have heels. On another wall you can put a couple of wall mount shoe racks.
Don't forget over the door storage.
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In addition to the storage ideas that have been posted, you might think about reducing the number of items of clothing that you have.
Part of making the decision to live in one place over another is that the place will meet your lifestyle needs.
Many people live quite comfortably in homes with small closets by keeping to a very limited wardrobe. By carefully selecting clothing items that mix and match well a small wardrobe can be very adequate.
For instance, Tim Gu.nn of the "Project Runway" show is known for his impeccable wardrobe, and he only had about three feet of closet space. He is very careful about what he buys. (they did a program once about his tiny closet,and limited wardrobe)
On some level, it just doesn't make sense to have more possessions than is reasonable for the amount of space that you live in.
I wanted to take a quick moment to thank you for such great suggestions to my "Small Bedroom Dilemma." I am not sure how to upload all the pictures that I have. Can someone help? Thanks.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Zennie371,
Thanks for posting back. I hope some of our photo posters will help out. It is my understanding that if you have your photos in something like Photobucket you can copy them and insert them as an image by clicking on the picture icon on the tool bar of the message box.
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Zennie, the way I add photos here:
The photo is on my computer and must be below 150kb. You can resize with many of the photo programs or with Paint.
Click the Reply button below right with the blue arrow.
You have to type something in the white box.
Below the white box click Add Attachment.
Click Browse and locate the photo on your computer and double click. It will pop into the File source box. You do not need to type in File Description.
Then click Post Now.
Does this hat make my butt look big?
Here is the storage I added to my closet. You can do all drawers, all shelves, all cubbies.
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You'd LOVE this site:
Small Apartment Dweller with one young teenage daughter
Love to see the pics as this would be of enormous help with suggestions and the link just posed should be useful too. Here are some Froo tips that are frequently offered to renters in tight spaces on this board...
UTILIZE DEAD SPACE (ie. under beds, in corners, behind doors, under skirted tables, along ceiling line).
UTILIZE VERTICAL SPACE
DECLUTTER/ORGANIZE/LABEL/STASH IN STACKABLE LIDDED BOXES
OPT FOR FURNITURE PCS. THAT OFFER STORAGE (flat topped chests, storage ottomans, tall dressers, storage bench)
FREE UP FLOOR SPACE VISUALLY AND LITERALLY (use ottomans for a coffee table, storage and seating, loft type, trundle or Murphy bed, wardrobe closets)
INVEST IN CLOSET EXTENDERS (ex. shelf extenders,
space saving hanger systems that tier downward, stackable shoe boxes, shelf dividers that keep folded and stacked items in order), over the door shoe holders, etc.)
EDIT (weed out things you haven't worn in a year or more..donate, sell, gift, trash, etc.) BE BRUTAL. IF A NEW ITEM COMES IN, GET RID OF AN OLD ITEM OR TWO.
OPT FOR FURNITURE THAT STORES, NESTS, STACKS OR FOLDS TO FREE UP SPACE.
ADD SHELVES TO WALLS AND USE DECORATIVE BOXES OR OLD SUITCASES TO STASH OFF SEASON ITEMS. STACKED SUITCASES MAKE FUNCTIONAL NIGHT STANDS TOO.
In addition, if the bathroom is so spacious, add storage cabinetry there that you can always take with you when you leave. Many people use wardrobe closets(or dressers) there for storage of things that are not harmed by the damp conditions of a bathroom (typically no clothes). Even if it's kitchen or office type supplies, no one but you and your roomie will know what's behind the doors. The point is, you've got valuable realestate in the bathroom so avail yourself of it. Hope my tips helped. Work together to make your abode a comfortable and functioning one.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Froo Froo,
Not sure if you're still struggling with getting your closet organized but if you are, please consider using some wire shelving units in the closet to start stacking your clothing on. Here are some pictures that a customer of ours sent (yes, she was extremely messy) from the day she first started putting these shelves in her closet. She hasn't yet sent a pic of the finished product but you can get an idea of what purpose these shelving units serve.This message has been edited. Last edited by: TmF10,
You are advertising your business which is strictly forbidden on these forums. And even more importantly it really angers the members of these forums who are exactly the people you are advertising to! Can we say a waste of your time?
From another question on this board, I replied to TmF10
"You're so right, I do have storage concerns. My concern is that my favorite message boards are filled with SPAMMERS like you with the guise of trying to be helpful. In an effort to help us de-clutter, say GOOD-BYE and GET LOST!!!!"
Good detective work. Shame on these violators! Hopefully our advise wasn't in vane and will help others with this common dilemma.
What do you use the extra two bedrooms for? I would convert the one next to your bedroom into a large closet.
Don't think Zennie 371 is coming back here.
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