Thinking Outside the (Small) Box

Living in an apartment does not necessarily mean you need to completely downsize or let go the belongings that you are fond of. There are many ways you can still make your apartment into that modern masterpiece or give it that charming, cozy feel without thinking small!

As Socrates once said, “The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”

Here are a few examples that will help you maximize your space:

Decluttering Your Home

This is the fastest way to free up some extra space! You can start by tossing or donating all of the extra things you have never used or will never use. There are many organizations (Goodwill, Value Village, and Salvation Army) that would be happy to take those items off of your hands. You can also use sites like Kijiji, Craigslist, or Facebook to sell items you no longer use.


Plastic storage bins make organizing your belongings easy and are great for storing seasonal items that you will need again. Packing them in a storage bin and properly labeling them – or placing in different color bins – will make them easy to locate for the future. These are easily stackable and can be hidden in the back of your storage room. You can also use self-storage facilities if you want to create additional space in your home.

Sentinel Storage offers storage as small as a typical pantry (5’ wide by 5’ long by 8’ high) to as large as a double car garage (20’ x 30’) and many sizes in between. Rentals are 4-week increments, with no long-term obligation. Our extended hours allow you to access your items seven days a week!

Maximizing in Style

When attempting to get the most out of your space, look up! Utilizing the space from floor to ceiling will help lighten the cramped feeling you may be having in your apartment.

Installing shelving high up on the walls will give you more space for storage such as books, lamps, pictures, and any of your other belongings you would like to display. Using this around your home will help to eliminate the need for extra tables, night stands, and cabinets. Another great option to go with this is wicker baskets. They are a perfect and stylish way of keeping your belongings organized and tidy!

Shelving can also be used to give you that extra over-the-sink space, while placing one over-the-toilet will help give you extra space for towels, toilet paper, magazines and more.


Small apartments are infamous for their lack of closet or storage space, but you can make good use of the closet and storage space you do have by adding extra cubbies, shelves, stackable drawers and baskets. Even adding a plastic hanging shoe rack to the back of your door can help free up the floor space.

Repurpose Your Furniture

Try looking at your old pieces in a new light. How can you repurpose your old pieces to be used in a completely different way than intended?

Try using a wheeled kitchen cart or counter! It can be used for various stations in your home such as a work station for that special project or even extra counter space for preparing your favorite dinner.

Raise your bed! Since you can’t raise the roof or move the walls of your apartment, why not utilize that extra space below your bed? There are several products on the market that can help raise your bed for storage, or even many different types and styles of under-bed storage bins.

When it comes to the living room, furniture with smaller legs will give you more leg room!

Nowadays there are many options of ottomans, coffee tables, and end tables that have built in storage that can also be used as extra seating for your guests.

With just a little bit of hard work and some imagination, you’ll soon realize you can easily maximize your space and create the sanctuary you dream of.

This post was written by Midwest Property Management. Midwest Property Management is Western Canada’s largest privately held apartment rental company in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. We serve a variety of cities within Western Canada, including: Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Yellowknife, and Vancouver.

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