Decluttering your life can make a world of difference. And in a metro New York City apartment, you often have to make compromises when it comes to space and storage. But the best home storage solutions go way beyond the basic shelves, baskets and bins. So here are a few decluttering tips to maximizing space in your NYC apartment. And because each space is different, we suggest you tailor these ideas to fit your own situation.
Organizing your kitchen is a good start. For most New York City kitchens, space for a kitchen table isn’t always a given. If this is the case with your kitchen, there’s an easy solution for a table on demand: the wall-mounted, drop-leaf table. Just mount this pop-up counter onto a kitchen wall, and you’ve got an instant table whenever you need it. When dinner’s done, just fold down the support limb, and it collapses almost flush to the wall. You can find all types of drop-leaf tables from more affordable brands like IKEAto high-end furniture designers.
But if you’ve got plenty floor space in the kitchen and need another space for chopping and grating, go for a kitchen cart. With a wooden chopping block on top, and storage below, this is a versatile item for all kitchens. And because it’s on wheels, it’s where you need it when you need it.
More home storage solutions involve your appliances. When that idle blender starts to get in the way, try and prioritize your appliances. Now what does that mean? Well–for the daily coffee drinker, it’s a good idea to have a nice little station set up for the morning cup. But if you haven’t used your espresso machine in almost a year, it’s probably smart to take it off the counter. This goes for large mixers, blenders, and toaster ovens too. Not only does this save some precious cooking space, but storing these bigger appliances outside of the kitchen will alleviate some bulk in your cabinets. Just be sure that everything is boxed up carefully before you put it away.
Bathroom storage presents another challenge. If you have the space, bathroom storage units can help you compartmentalize all your bath products. Another solution is mounting bathroom shelves above the doorway. If you can reach it, the extra shelving makes great towel storage and use of an unusual space. Martha Stewart provides even more bathroom storage ideas on her website.
There’s no one-size-fits-all apartment storage solutions when it comes to a NYC apartment. Differences in space, style, budget and needs will require you to mix it up a bit. So get creative, declutter your life and put your space to good use!