Flats & storage space: my dilemma

Prior to moving into my new flat I lived in a two bedroom house with a conservatory and a garden. The bathroom had a storage cupboard and the bedroom had a walk-in wardrobe. These, I’m now starting to realise, were a real luxury and something I very much took for granted.

Now that I’m living in a flat my storage space is almost non-existent, with the exception of a small utility cupboard that has just enough room for the ironing board and hover. This means I’ve had to think more creatively about how I use space, how I store things and the kind of storage I buy.

In my last post you’ll remember I went into B&M and discovered some great pieces that were sure to solve some of my storage solutions. I am planning on going back and grabbing them before they all go but what I also wanted to show you was this great space-saving storage shelf I found in Argos. (You can find a link to the very same one here: Argos 6 tier storage shelf)

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My en-suite bathroom

Below is a picture of my en-suite bathroom and like most en-suites there’s barely room to swing a cat. My first attempt at find a bathroom cabinet for the space between the toilet and the radiator failed miserably when I didn’t measure the space to take into account the skirting board (am amateur mistake I know!). Instead, that cabinet was relocated to the larger bathroom only then to be moved into the bedroom where it is currently being used as a side table. It was actually my boyfriend’s dad’s suggestion to use it as a bedroom side table because it was much smaller than all the standard side tables I’d been looking at, but with just as much space inside for my smalls.

What I love about this is that I’m not struggling trying to things in cupboards, it’s all easy to reach and grab. I can’t state how important this is to me first thing in the morning when I’ve usually overslept and have 10 minutes to get ready and run out the door.

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Close up of the storage shelves

As I said the storage shelf is from Argos and it comes in 6 tiers like this one or with 4 tiers (lets be honest though, 4 tiers just wasn’t going to be enough!). It’s £23.99 which is very reasonable and it was one of the easiest pieces of furniture I’ve had to put together so far in this flat. I would high recommend it especially if you’re looking to save space in your bathroom or spare room even.

I should probably apologise for the messy-looking wicker baskets. I was so happy to have somewhere to store all my toiletries that I just threw everything into them (but hey this is real life, not everything can be styled to perfection).

I’m certain though that I can’t be alone when it comes to the issue of storage space in flats. So this is a shout-out to other flat dwellers and a plea to know how you all deal with this issue.

If like me you’re having trouble organising where to put your furniture in a small space or how you going about creatively storing your things I’d love to hear from you.

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