Moving into your own apartment is exhilarating but it can also get a little overwhelming. People usually get a fever of too many options. Of course, your choice of options depends on what you can afford in Denver, and where your desired area for a living is. And there is a question of whether you can tolerate living with roommates. These are often the circumstances if you decide to live in a busy city where you trade comfy living space for being in the epicenter of city life and job opportunities. If living with several roommates just isn’t for you, there is good news! You can consider moving into a studio apartment.
Why is moving into a studio apartment such a good idea?
Moving into a studio apartment is a great solution if you need to save money or if you prefer to live alone. Their low costs make living in a popular city a lot easier. Even better for people who want to avoid having to get a roommate. If you are looking for the simplicity of only having one room to live in, then moving into a studio apartment is a great option to consider. However, moving into a studio apartment does come with a new way of living. It will require a new way of thinking about your lifestyle as your kitchen, living room and bedroom will be together in one room. To make your space enjoyable and lovely, check out our tips for making the most of your new place before and after you move in.
Browsing for the perfect studio apartment
This goes without saying for any type of a move, but not all studios will look and feel the same. Get a good sense of what’s out there by checking out a few places as you figure which studio would work for you. As you’re going through different spaces, consider how you would make it work with your items and taste and what you would eventually be willing to get rid of before you move into a studio apartment.
Measure the space before moving into a studio apartment:
Before moving into a studio apartment, measure the space to make sure that you have the correct sizing for your curtains, bookshelves and/or any larger pieces of furniture. This is crucial for everyone moving into a small place because it is most likely you won’t have enough room for everything that you own. It’s better to figure this out before moving day so that you can declutter before relocating.
The fun part of moving into a studio apartment is picking out your colors:
Before moving in, you’ll also need to choose the colors that you would like to have in your studio. The beauty of having a smaller move means that you won’t have as many empty walls to paint. But getting creative with different colors will provide your room with some depth and separation between different areas. You can paint your kitchen space yellow while you paint where you sleep green to offer an illusion of space and separate rooms.
Think about storage in your mini apartment:
Before you move in you also want to think about what storage solutions you’ll be able to squeeze in. With a mini apartment, such as a studio, it is less about bulky pieces of furniture and more about how to arrange the pieces that you own. Make the most of your smaller space by using stackable boxes to store your stuff or using really high shelves. Go higher and utilize all the empty space that you can when decorating your studio. Store your books or other items above your head! Most people place their bikes on a wall and that helps them to declutter.
Declutter and purge stage of moving means you are inviting order into your life:
Having too much stuff can invite confined and claustrophobic feelings that are unwelcome and unwanted. So when moving into a studio apartment, you’ll really have to practice to become as minimalist as possible to be able to live in really small quarters.
- During the packing process, establish the number of items that you own. Then you will need to divide your stuff into three workable sections: keep, donate or toss.
- Work through keep section by really asking yourself: “Am I using it regularly?”, “Is it really useful to me?”, “Do I love this?”
- If those items are useful and functional, you will know. Anything that you are second-guessing, goes into the donate, or in some cases, the toss pile.
- Sometimes we hold onto some items for sentimental value and then continue to overlook them, never use them and we often even forget we owned them! Once you assess your stuff, maybe you will find items that you truly can’t part with.
- Then consider renting a storage unit to avoid having unnecessary clutter in your new studio.
Consider multifunctional furniture:
After moving into a studio apartment, you will find that having furniture pieces with multiple functions is extremely practical. One such piece is a pull-out couch. Or a coffee table with storage underneath for books. There are desks out there that transform from a table into a working space with shelving on the side. Fortunately for all the minimalists out there, there are tons of affordable and innovative options you can use in your new space.
Give your space life:
After your move, the fun part can actually begin: adding all those new elements to your space in order to brighten it up and make it your own. You can get new curtains, a new rug, maybe some plants or hanging up a visually inviting poster or piece of art to refresh your abode. Moving into a studio apartment is an awesome way to really rethink what you need in your life. We at Homegrown Moving and Storage Company believe it is a fun and creative way to live, and we wish you a good time and good luck!