< two fifty: life in a tiny apartment.

June 23, 2011

couch box

survival tip #2

hide your clutter.

or hide his clutter. or her clutter. regardless of whose clutter it is, it simply can’t be left out and about.

in a tiny apartment an errant hair elastic can feel like it’s encroaching on your living space. enter the file folders and magazines of your well-meaning but disorderly life-partner, and it’s enough to make you go batty. in our case, a simple wine crate tucked under the couch does the trick to keep the peace. no one needs to see the pile of papers tucked messily within. out of sight, out of mind. mostly.

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  • Reply Kayla Poole June 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

    nifty organization tip and um, wow, amazing couch!

  • Reply Megs June 23, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    it definitely helps to be organized when you live in a small nyc apt. the Container Store has become my second home!

  • Reply wishful nals June 23, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    great tip! now i just need to eliminate A LOT of clutter!

  • Reply Stacey June 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    a drawer of sorts, it fits perfectly

  • Reply Meg June 23, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    since we moved from our townhouse (with a huge basement) to a one-bedroom with only two closets, we have taken full advantage of the space beneath our bed. it's stuffed full of winter clothes, extra bed linens, craft boxes… so handy!

  • Reply Beth June 23, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    Hehe, Chris has a basket with a similar purpose that lives under his desk. We also bought some of those lawyer's file boxes before our move and I went on a filing rampage a few weeks ago. It helped, but now it needs to be kept up…

  • Reply Denise | Chez Danisse June 23, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    Oh, I do relate, more than you know…

  • Reply Marjorie Rose June 23, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Simple tip but sooo important! A clutter-free space is a MUST in my small home.

  • Reply jacquelyn | lark + linen June 24, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Great tip! Everyone always asks me how to eliminate clutter. My response is always: boxes. Put EVERYTHING in pretty boxes

  • Reply Alice July 29, 2011 at 3:39 am

    i happened upon your blog and it's been a pleasure going through the first few pages. i totally love this series because i suffer from a tiny apartment. though for me, it's the unfortunate case that my bras live in a box under the couch… πŸ˜›

  • Reply Ashley August 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    So true! Some Bobby pins on the coffee table were driving me nuts!

  • Reply Karissa @ Love Five July 12, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Just became a fan and LOVING the blog!!

  • Reply KGoll87 July 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Where did you get that couch?! It looks petite, yet cozy!

  • Reply Ava Klare April 29, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I am a total clutter-keeper. But after living with a minimalistic boyfriend for a couple years now, we are chipping chucks out of the pile. This is a great way to compromise! If i can fit it in a small, finite amount of space under the couch, i can keep it :)

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