When I moved into my first NYC apartment, my space with TEENY TINY, and my bedroom could have been easily mistaken for a closet. So Tiny. The worst. Hated it.
However, I made it work and I found a lot of genius ways to utilize the space I had. The main space that I took advantage of was my wall space and the room under my bed. For example, I didn’t have a lot of room for a nightstand so I found some cute shelves to hang on the walls next to my bed where I could put water, my phone, and my deepest darkest secrets when I was sleeping.
I don’t know one person in the city who hasn’t struggled with the space in their apartment. Unless you’re a millionaire and have 14 closets, then you will have to figure out ways to make it work.
If I have one piece of advice for you, it’s to GET CREATIVE! Look at the room and find empty space that you can take advantage of. Build up and down. Build under and over. You got this, I promise! And there are a bunch of products to help you take advantage of space without feeling too cramped. I’ve listed the best of them for your bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen below.
The best part of these items is that you can find them all of them directly on Amazon. Because, let’s be honest, we are all a little slutty for Amazon.
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If you need to save space and want some cute rustic looking decor, these floating shelves are perfect for you. They even have drawers! How freaking cute.
Make sure you utilize your under bed storage with this rolling cart. Come on, it even has wheels so you don’t scratch up your floor!
This folding ottoman is an awesome way to take advantage of storage space and add a stylish piece of furniture to your bedroom. I recommend putting it at the end of your bed, or even underneath your bed for a little extra organization for your messy self.
How cute is this dresser? It’s lightweight and will add a modern feel to your space.
You can hang this jewelry organizer on your door or your wall. Also, it locks! You know, just in case someone steals your $5 Forever 21 earrings.
Use this wall mount for decor and storage space for your bag, extra books, or to hang up the existential dread you come home with every day after work!
Use this plant stand so you can put you half-dead plants in an area with more light so they can live their best lives!
If you don’t have a ton of closet space, use this clothing rack to hang up a few items. Even use it as a piece of decoration by placing items on it that compliment your room.
You can put tiny things on this outlet shelf such as your Alexa (seen above obvi) or even a cute small plant.
I’ve used these clothing hangers in my closet for years. They’re great for lightweight items like shirts and dresses. 10/10 would recommend.
I obviously love floating shelves. But for real, they’re a great way to take advantage of wall space and these floating shelves are no exception (also shoutout to the photoshop in this picture *chefs kiss*)
This corner storage unit is tiny enough to fit in a tight space if you lack a closet in your bathroom (so basically any NYC apartment ever).
No, this shower caddy is not like the one you had in college (ew, I’m cringing just thinking about that). This caddy will stick to your wall and can hold a bunch of ish you have, including the 14 sugar scrubs you never use because you’re too lazy.
If you don’t have a ton of linen closet space, use this awesome rack to for your towels. But good luck folding your towels as nice as in this picture though.
If you want to use some extra counter space, this two-tier storage organizer is perfect for you! You can use double the counter space than you normally could. Three cheers for organizing smarter, not harder.
I’ve seen this toothbrush holder everywhere and think it’s genius, especially if you don’t have a cabinet behind your mirror in your bathroom which is very common, especially in NYC.
This adhesive wall organizer speaks to me primarily because of the phone holder. Now you can Real Housewives in the shower! An absolute dream come true.
You can do a lot with this over the toilet storage unit, including making it a home for some plants! By now you can obviously tell I love plants.
Simplistic but roomy, this cloth organizing storage unit is a great way to add a modern storage option to your bathroom.
This expandable storage shelf is perfect for under your bathroom sink. This means you can stop chucking all your cleaning supplies, toilet paper, and extra shampoo below your sink because you’re too lazy to organize it (just me? ok).
This is my favorite recommendation so far. This slim bathroom storage cabinet is small enough to fit in tight spaces and has a ton of space that you can work with. You can also put a plant on the top there (you knew that was coming).
This wall rack is perfect to put your paper towel, dish towels, and any extra shenanigans you may have floating around your kitchen.
This foldable rack is great to use for drying dishes or even simply extra counter room if you run out of space while cooking!
As I mentioned, building up is an easy way to make more room for things, which is perfectly exhibited with this corner shelf organizer.
These bad boys (aka under cabinet storage baskets) can hang underneath your cabinet and become the new home of some extra kitchen utensils. Plus, they come in a 2 pack!
Another perfect storage option for tight spaces, this storage cart has wheels so you can hide it in tiny areas that you typically wouldn’t use otherwise!
Another win for under cabinet storage! You can hang anything from mugs to kitchen utensils on these storage hooks.
And last but certainly not least, we have some side storage for your fridge. It’s such a smart idea to use space, especially if you’re lacking a pantry. Which, if you live in a place in NYC and you have a pantry, are you rich? And also, are you single?
Need some help with your space? Feel free to send me a message here and I can help you figure something out.