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You can make the relatively small space in your condo feel bigger by implementing some simple organizational tricks like installing rolling shelves in the kitchen. Organizing a condo is similar to organizing a house, however, you have less storage space so you really need to make the most of your organizational skills. Read on to find out how to make the best use of your smaller space. If you would like to see how easy and economical it would be to install sliding shelves in any cabinet in your home, contact DIY Shelfworks today.

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Make The Most Of Your Limited Kitchen Space

The average home in Canada is 181 square metres or 1950 square feet. The average condo, however, is between 700 and 800 square feet. That is less than half the size of a house, so making the most of the space you have is very important. Your condo will feel more spacious if you can keep all of the flat surfaces as free from clutter as possible. Clear countertops can give the illusion of space, however, in a smaller kitchen, this can be a challenge. Here are some tips to help you achieve this goal:

1. Install Rolling Shelves: You want to make every last inch in your limited cupboard space count and installing rolling shelves can help you do just that. A rolling shelf helps you to not only keep your cupboards super organized, but it will also allow you to easily store items back right to the deepest darkest corners of your cupboards. You won’t have to bend and stretch to reach your stuff, and being able to neatly place items in their proper place will give you the maximum storage capacity that your cupboards provide. You can easily install rolling shelves yourself to save money or if you are unable, you can have them installed for you.

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2. Invest in Smaller Appliances: If you have to replace or purchase appliances, look for the smaller sized versions. For example, a hand-held mixer will take up much less space and can be stored in a drawer or cupboard instead of on the counter like its full-sized counterpart.

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3. Get Rid of the Gadgets You Never Use: Take a good hard look at all of your kitchen gadgets and ask yourself, “Have I used this in the last 6 months?” If the answer is no, then chances are you are probably not going to use it in the next 6 months, so why let it take up valuable space? Why not donate it or give it to a friend who will use it?

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4. Get Rid of Doubles: Do you own multiple appliances that do the same job? Do you really need both a toaster oven and a conventional toaster, or will one suffice? If you have both a French press and a coffee maker, decide which one you prefer your coffee from and give the other one away, or opt for instant coffee and get rid of both. You get the idea.

5. Buy Only Enough Groceries for the Week: I know it’s tempting to stock up on cans of tomato soup when they are on sale, however, with your limited space, you are probably better to just get one or two at a time.

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Would you like some more kitchen cabinet organization ideas? Read our post “Best Ideas for Kitchen Cabinet Organizers.”

Furniture Tips

1. Purchase Multi-Use Items: Just like with your kitchen appliances, consider purchasing pieces of furniture that can be used for multiple purposes such as a table that can double as a desk if you are working from home or an ottoman that can be used for extra seating as well as concealed storage space.

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2. Buy Furniture that Fits Your Condo: Make sure when you go furniture shopping that you are not tempted to purchase too-large pieces of furniture. It is a good idea to take the measurements of the room that you are buying furniture for with you and maybe a tape measure so that you can be sure if your purchase will fit in your room. Smaller pieces of furniture will also make your rooms look larger and give you more floor space to move around in.

3. Look for Pieces that Double as Extra Storage: A bench seat for your kitchen table not only gives you plenty of seating but can also provide extra hidden storage space beneath. Some tables also come with lift up tops that conceal extra storage as well.

4. Invest in a Moveable Island: A kitchen island on wheels is a great way to have extra storage and counter space. You can easily wheel it into the centre of your kitchen when you are preparing meals and then move it back against a wall when you are finished to free up floor space.

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Closet Organization

1. Use the Back of the Door: Your closet door is a great place to find extra storage. You can purchase many different types of over-the-door hooks or hangers that are perfect for hanging your scarves, belts, jewellery, and other accessories.

2. Purchase Boxes: You can purchase many different types and colours of boxes to use as storage in your closet. If you have a shelf over the hanging section, you can place boxes on the shelf to neatly store your sweaters, t-shirts, and any other clothes that you don’t hang up. This will keep them all tidy and prevent the stacks from toppling over.

If you would like some additional tips for organizing your bedroom, read our article “How to Organize a Bedroom with too much Stuff.

Final Tip

Only Fill A Space 90%: This tip may sound strange but in order for your rooms to feel spacious and less cramped, your eye needs to have at least a 10% breathing space. This means that wherever you have books, clothes, games, dishes, etc. stored in sight, you shouldn’t fill up that space completely. Make sure you leave some breathing room around your objects.

DIY Rolling Shelves: Easy & Economical

Rolling shelves are a great invention, but what sets DIY Shelfworks apart from the competition? Quality and Price. DIY Shelfworks sliding shelves are manufactured in Canada from the highest quality materials and the finest craftsmanship. Our Baltic Birch shelves are made from 9 ply Baltic birch with baked on manufacture finish lacquer to make them resistant to moisture and dryness. Their full-extension steel rails can support up to 100 lbs of weight when they are fully extended. What’s more, our rolling shelves are priced much lower than our competitors. Place your order now and start enjoying the convenience of DIY Shelfworks sliding shelves in your kitchen.

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