With our hectic schedules, it's pretty easy for spring cleaning plans to morph into a spring Games of Thrones marathon. But for those of us who live in tiny apartments, taking a day or even a few hours to spruce things up can make a world of difference. You probably already know the obvious things you can do - like wiping your windows and beating out your rugs - but we've rounded up a few other tips for how you can brighten and freshen up a small space in time for the warmer weather. Click through our gallery to see them all!
When you live in a tiny apartment, sometimes the only way you have left to go is up! Vertical storage is a simple way to refresh your home by getting clutter off of countertops and surfaces but if you rent like many of us New Yorkers do and are concerned about damaging your walls, this new line of modular organizers by Martha Stewart is a way to create vertical storage on your walls while leaving just a few tiny holes after you remove them. You can also scale it to be as small or as large as you like.
BE A JARDENER
Interior designers have touted the transformative effects of plants, and they can act as a design element as well as an air purifier. If you want to incorporate some flora into a room without taking up valuable floor space, a mason jar herb garden does the trick nicely. Check out this tutorial shared with us by eco-model Summer Rayne Oakes for some tips on how to make your own!
REFLECT UPON IT
Spring is the perfect time to open up those curtains and let in lots of light – the more the better. A bright, airy space also creates the illusion of more room, but if you don’t get too much natural light in your apartment, one way to enhance the little bit you do is by adding mirrors. Even just one strategically placed mirror can cheer a room up. If you need some inspiration or tips, Apartment Therapy has some great examples on the art of using mirrors here.
STORE WHERE YOU SNORE
A big part of spring cleaning is organizing and putting away winter clothes, but what if you have virtually no extra storage? Purchasing a standalone wardrobe or rolling rack is one option, but both take up valuable space and can also be eyesores. Making your own storage bed, on the other hand, is a weekend project that will give you ample space to tuck away sweaters, boots and other junk for the season without sacrificing floorspace. For directions on how we created our DIY storage bed, click here.
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Clearing out unwanted items is a cathartic experience that can rejuvenate your place even more drastically than a new coat of paint. If you want to make it feel like less of a chore and even like you’ve gone shopping for some new items, why not host a barter party for your friends? They can bring over their preloved clothes and home decor goods and you can swap and trade over wine (make sure it’s not red!). For instructions on how to host a successful swap party, check out this guide from Real Simple.
When dealing with a small space, the way you divide up a room can make a world of difference. If you’ve been using a less than aesthetically-pleasing divider (read: an old bedsheet) in your studio apartment, how about replacing it with a beautiful wall of plants using our tutorial? You can vary the opacity of the divider by using leafier plants, and make your divider as wide or as thin as you like. Or you can use just one modular plant stand to create a freestanding display.