(Closed) Amazed that apartments aren’t built with extra storage space!!!!

posted 6 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m young and have only lived on my own for about 6 years at this point, so my Fiance and I haven’t really accumulated much.  We live pretty comfortably in a one bedroom.  Also, you will become more creative with storage!  I would say try to downsize what you have.  Are there things you don’t actually use?  You’ll adjust 🙂

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012 - Wynn Las Vegas/Bouchon Bistro

I lived in a one-bedroom apartment in Chicago, and I had plenty of room for all of my belongings. My lifestyle was such where I didn’t have a lot of things that I didn’t use regularly, however.

Can you rent a storage unit if the extra stuff can’t be given away or sold?

Also, when we lived in Milwaukee, we had a 2 bedroom with 2 parking spaces and storage in the basement. We didn’t have to pay any pet fees either. The rent was 850, and we were paying on the high side for our neighborhood (which we loved). Can you look in a different area if you need a bigger place?

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

When I moved into my condo 5 years ago I barely had anything… now here I am with wayyyy tooooo much for this 2 bedroom place. We have a lot of closets too but just not enough room for extra stuff. We have a storage unit down the hall but that’s also full lol. Were looking for a house now, we just need more space. 

With wedding things we’ve run into even bigger problems… since were already out of storage our diningroom has things stacked against the back wall as does my bedroom… I’ve had to start asking other people to store wedding things for me. =/ lol

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I find that it really helps to summer/winter your clothes and store what you’re not wearing in underbed boxes. Those things really do hold alot and I can fit 3 under our queen sized guest bed.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We live in a one bedroom and have to be creative with our storage. We bought a stand up pantry for our kitchen to combat lack of cupboard space, put an over the toilet shelving unit in the bathroom, and have decorative storage boxes underneath our coffee table and bar. We also keep our not in season clothes in underbed bags as a PP mentioned. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

We live in a one bedroom and have to be creative with our storage. We bought a stand up pantry for our kitchen to combat lack of cupboard space, put an over the toilet shelving unit in the bathroom, and have decorative storage boxes underneath our coffee table and bar. We also keep our not in season clothes in underbed bags as a PP mentioned. 

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our apartment has a private storage space but we’ve never stored anything in there. Its pretty much only used when we have fedex or UPS leave us packages when we’re not home (it’s like a closet right by our front door). We have a large attached garage that’s big enough for 2 cars. Considering we only have one, we have all the storage space we need. Every apartment we’ve lived in (3) or looked at (a few dozen) all had some kind of storage whether it be an attic, basement, garage or storage unit.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Our apartment has an outside storage unit kind of like Caitmarae described, but it’s really only a small closet big enough for our portable grill, Christmas tree, and other things like that…and believe me, we have it stuffed to the top!

I find that in apartment living you just have to get more creative with your storage. I have a small bookcase in my “dining room” that I use to store serving platters and wine glasses…things we don’t use very often. It’s a makeshift buffet right now lol. I also have lots of shelving in our living room…which is great because not only can you store books, dvds, and decorative items but you can also get those decorative boxes and use them to store reciepts, pictures, etc.

Also, underbed space is really valuable! I store our suitcases under our bed filled with clothing we don’t wear and extra bed linens.

Like others have mentioned, it also helps if you are not a hoarder…lol I am kind of ruthless when it comes to throwing out things…if you aren’t using it, it has to go!

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Maybe try a different area if you can’t get enough space where you are currently looking.  There are definitely apartments out there with storage space.

Our 1 bedroom apartment has 4 different closets (including a walk-in in the bedroom).  We also have a storage unit on the first floor of our building that is included in our rent.

If you still can’t find anything, PPs have already given some great tips on how to make the most of the storage space you do get.

ETA: Actually, we have 5 closets.  One of the is where the washer and dryer go and the water heater is above the dryer but there are shelves above the washer that we can use for storage too.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Get yourself an IKEA catalog! Even if you don’t buy the stuff from IKEA, they have SO many great ideas and inspiration rooms that give you an idea of how you can organize your stuff in a small space.

I used to live (alone, though) in a 500-square foot, 1 BR condo and I didn’t have to get rid of too much stuff. Luckily the kitchen had a lot of storage and I had a small storage space in the basement.

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

It’s been many years since I’ve lived in an apartment, but the apartment complex in which I lived offered storage spaces for tenants in the same building at no additional cost.  It was included in the lease.  Perhaps there are other apartment complexes in your area that do offer this type of storage space.

Post # 14
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I live in a 1 bedroom with my Fiance and we have lots of closet space (coat closet, long hall closet, linen closet, and a walk-in), and we have a storage unit in the basement of the building.  There’s plenty of space!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

We have one closet.  It’s horrific.  FI’s last apartment had 2 closets in the living room, laundry room closet, and his own walk in closet.  This closet isn’t even walk in!  I hate it. 

That said our vacuum cleaner is a great style element for our living room *rolls eyes* 

Oh!  And our washer and dryer are an extension of our countertops…ridiculous.

I feel like we are bursting in our current apartment- I’m thinking we’ll upgrade once I have a real job

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