It was as I was sitting on the floor of my flat, ironing my shirts on a towel, that I realised I was pretty good at living in a teeny flat. I have been obsessed with storage ever since I was a kid (literally) and I think(hope) other "arty girls" can relate. I've spent most of my life trying to stuff more than one "life" into a bedroom - paints, pens, craft supplies, sewing kits, blogging stuff, photography equipment, all piled into one room and sorted as strategically as possible.
Then in uni halls, I spent most of the year squeezing all of that, plus martin and his nerdy gaming stuff into my single-person room. Then there was the time I squeezed both of our lives into one uni bedroom for a few months after Martin's lease ended. And THEN, I took it all back home and tried to squeeze a business into one half of my bedroom, too. Just typing that made me feel tired.
Now we're lucky enough to have a flat in which we have a whole room without a bed in it (it does have a kitchen in it, though!) and it's hardly a zen paradise, but I have picked up a few tricks for saving space in a tiny flat.
1. Iron on the floor
Unless you exclusively wear suits and shirts, who even irons stuff anymore?! I have like, 4 things that ever need ironing, so when I do, I just pull out my £4 Wilko Iron (it's really small so easily stored in a cupboard), put a bath towel (folded twice) on the floor and iron on top of that.
2. You Only Need, Like, 4 Cleaning Products
And one of them is washing up liquid. ;) Realistically, bleach or a baking soda and vinegar solution works for 90% of things. I store it all inside the mop bucket, and store that in a cupboard.
3. Go Without
It's actually pretty easy to cook toast on the grill, and we don't have a microwave. It is minorly incovenient, but then, so is having absolutely zero countertop space. Plus, it leaves us more room for our absolutely-essential kitchen "gadget" - our rice cooker.
4. Use the Dishwasher for Storage
Oddly specific, I know, but I was honestly baffled when I realised out flat came with a dishwasher. If you don't even have room for a dinner table, how likely are you to have enough washing up to fill a dishwasher?! Instead I use the "drawers" to store my lesser-used pans, plastic-bag-of-plastic-bags and cacti compost, which I feel is a much better use of space for a flat as tiny as ours.
5. ..and on the same theme:
You only need about 4 of everything (Unless, I guess, you're a food photographer), if you're living in a two-person, one-bedroom flat like us. Realistically, will you be hosting dinner parties for 12 if there is not room for 12 people to sit in your tiny flat? Save some room in your cupboards for important things. Like crisps.
Use your grill pan as an oven dish, your desk as a dining table (debatable, but we don't really have much choice), your wardrobe as a suitcase storage and your suitcase as spare-duvet storage.
7. Get a cordless vacuum
Honestly it's the best thing ever. The battery lasts more than long enough for a 3-room flat, it takes up way less room than a traditional one and it kind of looks prettier out-in-the open, too. Plus, I actually get around to hoovering more than once a decade, now, because it's easy & light and doesn't involve me tripping over cables and getting caught on doors.
What are your best space saving tips for tiny flats?