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This decorative room divider isn't just pretty, it also adds a lot of storage space. Image: Groovy Elisa
Sure, living in shoebox-sized digs is a challenge. But for us metropolitanites, sacrificing square footage is the price we willingly pay for living in a city full of amenities.
My former bird cage was a whopping 200 square feet. I forfeited pots and pans just so I could store shoes in my single kitchen cabinet. I even rented a standard-sized closet at a storage facility that was across the street. There I kept a dismantled bike that I would put together twice a week to ride, a never-ending supply of toilet paper from Costco, and half of my clothes.
If only I’d known about these space-saving hacks, I wouldn’t have rented a closet and I would’ve saved a bundle on takeout.
Solution: Look up instead of down.
Tip #1: You can save at least 10 square feet of valuable storage space by using your closet ceiling to store lightweight seasonal items like wrapping paper. The best part: Your hidden stash will be easy to reach and won’t get tousled or torn.
Tip #5: Traditional beds are so early 2000s. You can free up plenty of space by making your bed disappear. The Moddi Bed is an IKEA hack that’s more stylish — when it’s stowed, it moonlights as wall art — and way cheaper than a conventional Murphy bed. Just purchase the instructions for $8 on Moddi’s website and pick up a few parts from IKEA and your local hardware store.
Solution: IKEA hacks for cheerful cats.
Tip #6: Rooming with a kitty? Then you know a happy cat is an industrious cat. Keep your pets out of trouble and even store a few books on this feline jungle gym built with parts from an IKEA bookcase.
is an NYC-based writer who’s obsessed with maximizing every inch of her urban dwelling. She’s a former fashionista who has worked for Lucky Magazine, InStyle, and ideeli.com. She recently traded her high heels and Fashion Week pass for a drill and bandsaw.