For many people, a bicycle is a treasured possession. After a two-wheeled adventure around town, whether it’s to work and back, for some daily exercise or for a social outing, many cyclists bring their trusty steeds inside and tuck them in for safekeeping before it’s time to go ride again.
If this sounds like you – maybe you live in one of the Top 10 Bikeable Cities? – and your residence is a small apartment, you know the challenges of bike storage. When you’re short on space, even something as small as a bike can create an obstacle in a room.
Cycling is on the rise — the number of people who commute to work via bike has gone up by about 60 percent over the past decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If you’re lucky cyclist, your apartment community has anticipated this growth and built a bike storage room for residents, like this:
Image: Venn on Market, San Francisco, CA
But if you’re not so fortunate, what to do? Get creative. Here are five out-of-the-way spots to store your bike at home.
If you’re in serious need of a storage solution in your apartment, you only need a few wooden crates, some paint and hardware to build your own bookshelf!
What’s great about this project is that you can customize it, making it as small or as large as you like. Since I have no bookcases in my place, I decided to fill my entire wall. Four stacked crates would also work just as well.
If your apartment bathroom doesn’t have a vanity cabinet, you’re going to have to get creative with your storage solutions.
Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, hand soap – everything you keep in an apartment bathroom is small, but all those small things add up to one big storage challenge. Finding a place to keep all that stuff can force small-space dwellers to adopt creative solutions, particularly women who have to think about makeup and hair styling tools on top of everything else.
If your apartment bathroom is small enough to make you claustrophobic, no one blames you. Surveys show that ample storage space is one of the top features people look for in an apartment. But don’t tear your hair out just yet — there are many ways to store all the things you need in your little loo; you just have to get creative.
Storage racks help even the biggest shoe aficionados keep their footwear organized.
Shoes: We’ve all got them, some of us always want more of them, and we all need a system to store them.
Organizing your shoe collection can be a challenge, especially if you live in a small apartment – but even if you hoard footwear of all shapes, sizes and colors a la Carrie Bradshaw, there’s a storage solution out there for you.
And we’re not just looking at you, ladies – men love their shoes, too. So how can you make your shoe collection walk the line instead of two-step out of control? Read on:
There’s a thin line between hoarding and just being messy. Do you know which category you fall into?
Let’s face it: we’re all guilty of holding onto things that we no longer use or need. From junk mail and old magazines to old clothes and broken gadgets, these are the things that make up our lives.
But how much of it we hold onto is what makes all the difference. There’s an oh so thin line between hoarding and just needing to organize your stuff.
Hoarders do exhibit a few key characteristics. Those interventions you may have witnessed on the now defunct hit reality TV show Hoarders were no exaggeration. Do any of these sound eerily familiar to you?
Spring cleaning may get good press, but we’ve discovered that fall is another popular time to air out your apartment storage spaces.
According to a recent Apartment Guide survey, 80% of people reorganize or clean out their apartment between summer and fall.
The survey also revealed that 39% of people conduct major apartment cleaning once a month, while 31% perform a big apartment clean seasonally. Organizing and putting away clothes topped the list of challenging tasks for about half the respondents.
As you switch out summer clothes for your colder-weather wardrobe, Lisa advises that you may be sitting on a stash of cash in the form of old outfits you no longer wear. Why not make some money as you declutter by selling items which are only taking up precious storage space in your apartment? (Hint: you can even sell clothing online!)
The Enclave at Cedar Lodge Apartments in Baton Rouge, LA
Let’s face it: storage is a tricky issue for apartment dwellers.
While it’s fairly easy to put items in basement storage or at an off-site rented locker, these solutions work best for things you don’t need regularly, like extra folding chairs or off-season outdoor equipment.
But what about items that you like to have closer at hand?
Here are five creative ideas for storing items right in your apartment. All it takes is a little imagination, and these ideas can help you keep the things you love close, while saving a lot of space.