So you’re planning a major relocation to New York apartments, but your new quarters are… cramped. With a little preparation, decluttering, and imagination, this little, new space could become your favorite home yet.

Consider furniture size

Get a copy of your apartment’s layout ahead of time and plan out where your larger furniture pieces will fit. When it comes to compact apartment furniture, the majority of your pieces should have a purpose — and it’s even better if they have many functions. A kitchen cart with a butcher block top, for example, can increase counter space, store pots, and pans, and even double as a bar cart. Check out Nathan James collections for stylish rolling bar carts.

Decor

Your apartment may be small, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish. With a few simple steps, you can create a bright, airy, and pleasant house. Mirrors, for example, can give the illusion of gazing through a false window into another room. On the walls, choose a light and airy color palette, then add pops of color with accents like throw pillows or even a painted ceiling (if your property manager allows it).

Clean and tidy

When you don’t have enough square footage, clutter may rapidly make your small room feel cramped and cluttered. The good news is that keeping things tidy should be lot easier if you’ve already decreased your belongings and established some organizational procedures. Small rooms work best when they’re well-organized, so you’ll need to think of new ways to organize your area.

Under bed storage

The space beneath your bed is ideal for storage bins. You don’t need a specific bed to make use of this underutilized space; simply select some narrow plastic bins that will fit and slip below. Bins under the bed are a great place to store out-of-season clothing and shoes, but it’s also a great place to store extra linens, seasonal decorations, and even sports equipment.

Small appliances

Appliances can take up a lot of room in a small space. Consider purchasing smaller versions of the equipment to solve the space problem. Instead of purchasing a standard-sized freezer, consider purchasing a compact freezer or a refrigerator, which will allow you to safely keep all of your fresh foods without taking up too much space. You can do the same with your stove and washing machine, and you’ll always be able to locate smaller versions of appliances that perform well and take up less space.