Small space, no problem

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In general, Canton homes are on the smaller side. Even the new larger homes are small compared to many in the suburbs. Canton has even been on a tv show highlighting the tiny house trend. Add in multiple roommates and the space gets even tighter.  My friend recently moved back to Canton and struggled with going from her own space to a shared living area. How do you make that space  your own without impeding on roommates?

Even without roommates, I struggle with trying to store belongings without looking like a hoarder. I mean you never know when you might need that halloween make up kit or beach umbrella you bought four summers ago and haven’t used since. Erin Holdgate, a housing guru Zillow, has come up with a few ways we can make the most of small spaces.

Try a few of these hacks to maximize your living space.

Find Dual-Purpose Furniture

When you don’t have much room to work with, it’s important to make every piece of furniture count. Consider buying a few multitasking items for the house, like a bench for the entryway with hidden storage inside. If you don’t want to make a big purchase for a temporary living situation, get creative with things you already have. For example, tall shelving units can double as room dividers. Put a tray on top of your ottoman to use it as a coffee or side table, or hang blankets on the rungs of a narrow, vintage wooden ladder to free up space in the linen closet. *We love storage ottomans. We have at least 4 in our house.  If you have room for a small island in your kitchen, do it, if you can convince your husband to build it, even better. Having a permanent spot for your coffeemaker is great, and the extra food prep room is perfect. It makes an ideal drink or snack station for parties. I’ve also brought a hanging pot rack from house to house. You gain tons of cabinet space if your pots and pans aren’t taking over. 

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Put Your Walls to Use

When you think of your floorplan in terms of square footage, you neglect a whole other dimension of space. Make the vertical axis work for you by implementing floor-to-ceiling bookshelves or cubbies. This will add versatile surface area without taking up more room. To get rid of your TV stand, mount your television to the wall and put your game console or cable box on a floating shelf. Other ways to work vertically include hanging wine glasses or mugs under your kitchen cabinets, and pots and pans from a ceiling rack. *Bike racks are a great way to keep your bike safe without taking up your living room. An alternative to regular shelves are wire racks. They look especially great on exposed brick walls. 

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Make Things Easy to Access

In such a busy rental market, you might find yourself in a never-ending fight for bathroom real estate. To maximize the area under the sink, there are special sliding shelves that fit around the plumbing. You can always separate belongings into small bins that slide in and out, or, at the very least, use a shower caddy for your toiletries. For anything that you want out of the way, but would like to access often, try putting it on wheels. For example, store hair and makeup products in stackable plastic drawers with wheels. Roll out the drawers when you’re getting ready, and then back into your closet where they can hide for the rest of the day. *A hanging toiletry bag has saved my bathroom. You can carry it from your bedroom to the bathroom, roll it up when company is coming or easily take it with you when you travel. 

Storage solutions and furniture arrangement are just a few ways to make your small space work. There are plenty more design and decorating tips that can help you make the most of your compact living arrangement.

Thanks to Erin Holdgate of Zillow for pulling these together for us!

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