1. Rotate Clothing: There’s no need to have a parka taking up space in your closet during the summer. Rotate clothing by season, and keep anything that’s not weather appropriate in storage.
2. Think Tall: When installing bookshelves, or any shelving for that matter, purchase something that will reach the ceiling. More shelves means more storage space, and the elimination of that cramped feeling.
3. Raise your Bed: If your bed isn’t high enough off the ground to store bins underneath, buy a bed lift to raise it just enough to make use of that under-bed space. You can also buy bins that are constructed specifically to fit underneath beds.
4. Add Shelves: Don’t limit yourself to traditional bookshelves. You can add shelving above the toilet to create space in your bathroom, or in your closet to maximize organization. Instead of having a headboard, install a shelving unit so you can ditch your nightstand and create more space.
5. Strategic Furniture: Besides purchasing furniture that will create the illusion of more space (think glass tables and couches with small legs), you can position your furniture to create mini-rooms within your apartment to organize the flow of your space.
6. Multifunctional: Everything in your apartment should have multiple functions. Instead of having a couch, buy a daybed. Use your dining table as an office or work space when you’re not eating (just make sure you have somewhere else to store your supplies).
7. Rollaway Surfaces: When you’re organizing small spaces, rollaway surfaces, like a wheeled kitchen cart, can give you workspace in the living room and extra counter space in the kitchen when you need it.
8. Hang your TV: For more space to showcase your organizational prowess, hang your TV, but keep the table underneath to store your movies and books. It will maximize space and functionality.
9. Hidden Storage: Utilize as many hidden storage spaces as possible. Aside from raising your bed, you can also hang a skirt around your coffee table and store items underneath.
10. Angled Furniture: Angle furniture, such as chairs, in the corner of the room and use the space behind it to store baskets of things you can’t find space for (like that CD collection you can’t bring yourself to get rid of).
Original Article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/rent/2013/04/13/ten-apartment-organization-tips-to-maximize-space/