If you live in the D.C. area you know that you pay a lot of money for very little square footage. The average price per square foot for a home in Washington, D.C. is $455, according to Trulia.com.
With that said, many of us are learning to do a lot with a little in terms of space.
I teamed up with Karen Graser from the Container Store to help you turn your small D.C. apartment into a beautiful penthouse suite! (Well... In your imagination)
Take inventory of what you have
Graser says the worst thing you can do is have a lot of items in a tiny space that you don't need. Make a list of things you want to keep, donate or toss. "This for people is the hardest step because it involves really critically taking a look at things and deciding if you really need that dress you haven't worn in six years," added Graser.
Visibility, accessibility, and flexibility
Graser says these are the three keys to keeping any space organized.
Visibility: Use clear containers and label them so you remember what is where.
Accessibility: The things that you use the most should stay within arm's reach. Out of season clothes should be put away on a top shelf.
Flexibility: Make sure as your needs and seasons change that you are able to take the items that you have and modify them in new ways.
Use hidden spaces
Graser says there are some areas of the home that are much underused, especially in a studio apartment, like underneath your bed. You can buy bed raisers to add even more space under the bed. Buy some under bed storage containers and utilize that space!
Make use of over-the-door storage
Over-the-door storage creates space that you didn't have before. It keeps things out of the way and out of sight. Most people think you can only use over-the-door storage in a bedroom, but there are so many different ways you can use an over-the-door shoe rack! You can use them in pantries, bathrooms, and clothing closets for everything from organizing spices to organizing extra toiletries.
Use your vertical space
Stack-able shelves are your best friend when it comes to having a small space. Why use your limited floor space when you can just stack!
Buy multipurpose furniture
Multipurpose furniture in a small space can be a lifesaver! Having furniture that doubles as seating and storage is a good piece to have around.
Create a foyer
Most small apartments don't have a foyer, so create one! Graser says all you need is a storage bench with a shoe self underneath, add some hooks and shelves to the walls and you are good to go!