If you live in the city that never sleeps, it’s safe to assume that your apartment situation may be a little less than ideal.  You have a roof over your head, and you can scrape together enough to make rent, but your décor and space options are more limited than you’d like.   There are ways to make your home or apartment feel bigger without having to move.

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Play with colors

The easiest and least expensive way to make your room look bigger and add some much needed décor is to repaint a room, or even just add an accent wall in a different color.  Certain colors are helpful when it comes to making rooms look bigger than they actually are.  Cream colors and light blues can really help make a small room look a lot bigger than it actually is.  If you want a décor change, a bright red or orange can help you focus on the color of a room instead of its size.

Use the year rule for cleaning

Some people dread having to clean and unclutter their homes because they simply don’t know where to begin.  If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed with the amount of stuff you have, use the year rule when you clean out your closets and drawers.  It’s simple, if you can’t remember wearing an outfit or using an item in the past 12 months, you don’t truly need it.  Go through every storage space you have, and don’t forget to go through your kitchen too (spices and appliances can really add up).

Get New Mirrors

Do you feel like your bedroom and living room could use some extra space, but don’t want to change much décor wise?  If you’re dying for some extra space, but aren’t planning on moving anytime soon, you can get the extra space you want by putting up big mirrors on your wall.  Mirrors do an excellent job of reflecting both natural and artificial light around the room, and the extra light can make your room seem much more spacious than it actually is.

Ditch bulky furniture

You may love your wrap around couch and your huge dining room table, but if you’re worried about space in your home or apartment its time to get rid of them.  There are plenty of cheap furniture stores in NYC that have pieces that work well in a typical small living space.  If you want to come out on top after getting new furniture, consider donating your old furniture and writing it off on your taxes.