11 small apartment design and organization hacks

Apartment living can mean sacrificing space for an ideal location, cheap rent or other amenities. With one bedroom apartments averaging 721 square feet in Los Angeles, 768 in Chicago and 654 in Austin, even the smallest of organizing efforts can make a big difference. To make the most of your small space, we scoured the web for the best organizing hacks this side of the 405.

1. Label your kitchen accessories

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Using a Cricut machine, you can design and print these labels onto clear vinyl. Then simply cut them out, peel off the backing and stick! That way you can pour ingredients and spices from their original containers into bottles that either fit your space better or are more aesthetically pleasing.

2. Use hanging shoe storage bags for cleaning supplies

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Both over-the-door and closet hanging shoe organizers can be used to store cleaning products, toilet paper, washcloths, you name it.

3. When looking for kitchen storage space, think up and under

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Hanging mason jars not only keep your kitchen counters clutter-free, but they just look damn cool. Use this DIY idea to store ingredients or snacks you use often.

4. Blow everyone’s mind and turn a bottle of lotion into a phone charger holder

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Our confidence in making this look as good as the photo is pretty low, but for the DIY-savvy this phone charger hack could help you keep both chord and phone off the floor.

5. Keep your sharp knives away from your wine bottle openers

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Make a perfect-sized drawer organizer with cheap dividers found at the hardware store. So you don’t cut yourself on a kitchen knife when you go to open that second bottle of wine.

6. Find extra shower storage space

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Not enough room around your tub for your shower products? Hanging them up means you have more edge-of-the-tub room, and you don’t even have to bend over to use them!

7. Use a tension rod to hold spray bottles

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If the over-the-door cleaning product organizer isn’t really your thing, clear up some under-the-sink space by installing a simple tension rod to hang spray bottles over.

8. Put those old beer can tabs to use

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Instead of tossing them, save your beer (or soda) can tabs to make double hangers that will give you more space for hanging clothes.

9. Hang open chip bags to keep them fresh and save space

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Probably the easiest and most effective item of the whole list.

10.  Hang hair tools inside the bathroom cabinet

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Use hooks that stick to the wall to hang hair tools like curling irons and straighteners inside your bathroom cabinet.

11. Organize your water bottles.

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Use file folder organizers to stack bottles on top of each other instead of having to reach to the back of the cabinet to grab the last one.


Need a space to DIY? Find your ideal spot on RadPad, then get to organizing! Or if you already have a place, start paying your rent online instead of writing paper checks like it’s the 1700s or whenever it was that paper was a thing.

Attribution:
1. https://liagriffith.com/stylish-kitchen-labels/
2. http://www.the36thavenue.com/cleaning-tips-diy-cleaning-closet/
3. http://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/handmade/diy-hanging-mason-jar-storage
4. http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/12/holder-for-charging-cell-phone-made-from-lotion-bottle.html
5. http://www.jennaburger.com/2015/01/kitchen-organizing-ideas/
6. http://www.bhg.com/life-in-color/life-hacks-that-will-change-the-way-you-shower/
7. http://www.jennaburger.com/2015/01/kitchen-organizing-ideas/
8. http://www.frugalcouponliving.com/closet-organizing-hacks/
9. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/52424783140619941/
10. http://mylifeandkids.com/easy-diy-bathroom-updates/
11. http://www.bhg.com/kitchen/storage/organization/affordable-kitchen-storage-ideas/#page=2