For those of us who live in shoe box–like spaces, our routine upon coming home goes something like this: Drop all your stuff on the first available surface you happen upon. As a result, countertops are buried by heaps of mail, halls are littered with an obstacle course of shoes, chairs are hidden underneath jackets, and your keys … well, who knows where those are? The struggle is real when there is little space available in a studio apartment in Philadelphia, PA, or Washington, DC.
While dumping everything at the end of a long day is undoubtedly convenient, it makes your place feel (and look) smaller and can cause stress. “Clutter, as the result of badly managed storage, causes ‘visual chaos’ in smaller spaces and can upstage everything else,” says Heather Higgins, a New York, NY–based designer who specializes in small spaces. A mudroom would solve all your problems, but who has the space? Surprisingly, you do. Here are the expert-approved solutions to get organized and bring more storage to even the most cramped entryway.