Maximize Your Space - Speedy Organization Solutions
We have a confession. We love organizing. As a child, sometimes we caught ourselves styling our sibling/friends' bedrooms. We are firm believers that your space contributes to your mental state and wellness.
A recent visit to the apartment of an expecting friend got us thinking about how the apartment was going to be redone for the baby's arrival. It's a gorgeous, huge one-bedroom and has great bones, light for days and lovely furniture staples. And, like all New Yorkers, storage is a concern, especially with a cute little one on the way.
Many New York buildings have storage bins in the basement, but if you aren't able to get one of those with your unit, and don't want to go the traditional self storage route of lugging your belongings in a U-Haul to your nearest facility, try a storage service. In major U.S. cities there are services like Make Space. They come to your apartment and you get a digital roster of what you stored (accessible on your phone and computer) and can have it dropped off, on-demand, when you want your 150 Archie comic books back. That 4 ft vase you got at your wedding from the 5th cousin, twice removed - off to storage. When said cousin comes for a visit once every three years, retrieve vase and prominently display it on your coffee table. You get the picture.
Furniture that works over-time is also critical. Is your coffee table just, gasp, a coffee table? It doesn't speak French or do your taxes?! Just kidding. The West Elm Industrial Storage coffee table is perfect to merge your coffee table/desk/eating needs if you are short on space. Available in a range of finishes, this type of clever furniture is perfect when you want to hide an unruly stack of papers or your laptop, but want everything at your fingertips in a snap.
Panicked about where you will put all the adorable toys you buy at 3 a.m. from Amazon while you are shopping for your bundle of joy's arrival? Don't want to buy an entire wardrobe/shelving until to house your entire collection of Safari plush toys? Have no fear, Container Store is here. The 3 Sprouts bin is your friend. What does the Fox Say? If Foxes aren't your jam, there are other animals available.
Restyling your place doesn't mean a design overhaul. It's about culling your items, and weaving in some furniture stables and also changeable storage options (hello bins) that can evolve with you as your life grows/you move/get more stuff. If any of our friends want us to come over for a before and after organization shoot, you know where to find us. #MarieKondo!!!