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Storage Solutions for the Small Apartment Dweller

If you know what its like to live in a small apartment you know the struggle of trying to find room for everything.

I don’t know how many times I’ve rearranged my room since it first became my room. It feels like every time I do, I throw out trash bags full of stuff and there still isn’t enough room.

With this dilemma on hand, ingenious storage is everything. I’ve got my shoes in these kids stacked baskets (which have been around  since probably the day my brother was born), my heels and bags are inhabiting a dvd rack I salvaged from my father and my coats are in a bin that doubles as a mini table.

But I hate that bin. I mean at least the stacked baskets are bright colors. Any the dvd rack looks good covered in my favorite purses and heels. But that bin, I hid it under fabric or behind stuff most often.

Just because its storage doesn’t mean it has to be ugly.

So here’s one of my solutions to lack of storage and lack of well attractive storage.

So you know those tins filled with popcorn that go on sale every Christmas season?

You know, these


Well my dad gets them pretty much every Christmas and while most of them get trashed, one or two manage to live in our apartment.

Why not put them to use?


  • Holiday  Tins (emptied and cleaned)
  • Spray paint
  • Acrylic or Craft paint
  • Duct Tape
  • Inspiration 😉

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So I took two of the larger tins and taped them together one on top of the other. If you want more room, cut out the bottom of the top tin before taping them.

If you don’t want to tape them together you can just use them as is. Mine act as a “coffee” table.

Then you can spray paint it, or them, any color you want. Then go to town with your paint brush.

Heres’ what my tin looked like before hand.

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Then I added on the top one, spray painted it first (so I could do the second one without smudging anything) and painted.

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I was originally just keep doing flowers but then this parrot happened.

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Then a portrait of my cat Memphis happened…photo 2 (1)

At this point I was committed to the animals and the humming bird came alongphoto 3 (1)

And here she is the finished product!

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There you have it. I can now hide things in here and not think about how weird it is to have Christmas stuff out in April.

What creative ways do you store your stuff?