The way people live these days is changing dramatically. The housing industry is much different now than it was even a year ago. Suddenly, having more space is more important than ever especially in a small apartment.

We have been spending much more time indoors than ever before. In fact, there has been a big push to move to the country to a bigger house now that people are working remotely. However, not everyone wants to move or even can afford to. For those spending more time in their apartment, it is important to try to make more room rather than move.

For those that want to stay put, or are looking for NYC condos for sale, this article will help with ideas on how to make a small apartment feel bigger.

1 – Declutter

Not only does clutter make a small space feel even smaller, but it can also lead to stress and anxiety if it is not dealt with. Coming home to a messy house can make you feel overwhelmed and even a bit claustrophobic.

The first thing you should do is find a way to organize things so you can put everything away. Then, have a system so that it doesn’t keep occurring. If you organize yourself well, then you will always put things where they belong instead of looking for a place to hide stuff.

If you really have trouble finding places to store your things, then you may even want to look into a storage facility to put the stuff that isn’t in use.

2 – Think outside the box

There is no set template for how you organize your apartment. Instead of trying to make it look like the condos, you add more in the magazines, try doing something different. For example, a couch takes up a lot of space, but a hammock is just as comfortable and takes up very little. Maybe you can substitute your couch for one.

A loft bed will also free up a ton of space in your bedroom to put a desk or even a chair to relax in as a reading nook. The more space you can free up on the floor means more room to organize your things.

3 – Use the walls

Once again, the idea is to free up space on the floor. You can use your walls not just for hanging pictures but also as a place to store things. You can also use shelves as a place to put things that ordinarily would be put in a closet.

Use your walls to hang up a bike for instance instead of parking it in the hallway. You can also make a folding table hanging from the wall that folds back up when not in use.

Plants can be hung from the wall, or help them get more sunlight by putting them closer to a window.

4 – Let the light in

You can create the illusion of more space so you don’t feel claustrophobic. Let in as much light from the outside as possible and you will suddenly feel like there is more space than there actually is. It will also put you in a better mood to have more natural light.