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How To Organize Your Rented Space Without Major Renovations

You cannot build, you cannot hang, but you can create ingenious storage in your space


Make the most of your rented space with today's handy tips.

Styling by Tala Singson. Photographed by Dairy Darilag. Pictorial Direction by Dagny Madamba.

Read the original article (“Rented Space Solutions”) in the March 2014 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details.  

Stack and Store

Since you can’t install shelves in your rented room, try stacking a couple of sturdy boxes together to create a freestanding bookshelf, or arrange them in a random fashion to create a landscape of storage and surface. The best part? It’s easy to start over in case you make a mistake.

Bonus Tip: Assemble and re-assemble the boxes depending on the current needs of your space – you can even add more boxes as your book collection grows!

Work with Dividers.

In a rented home, you can’t have a new room walled off. To create a room for storage, go for a free standing divider that can separate a corner from the rest of the space. Tuck away boxes and hide rarely used items behind the screen. Move your “occasional room” around to fit your requirements.

Bonus Tip: Dividers with louvers or decorative cutouts like thus one can hold letters, bills, and photos. You can also hang scarves, hats, and bags on the panels.

A rod can make a difference.

Your kitchen needs all the storage it can get, especially in small rented apartments. Depending on the configuration of your kitchens, a tension rod, usually intended for shower curtains in the bathroom, can be attached temporarily between two cabinets or the space underneath a hanging cabinet. This rod can hold pots and pans, mixing spoons, and spatulas. Use S- hooks to hang your kitchen tools. 

Bonus Tip: You can also hang ordinary curtain rods underneath overhead cabinets using concealed screw hooks.

Use trolleys.

Get yourself some storage space where you need it and when you need it. Use trolleys or a chest of drawers on wheels as practical storage options – this tiny one will fit in a small space. It’s portable, so you can easily transfer it from room to room to make more space when necessary.

Bonus Tip: If you want your trolley in one fixed spot, remember to lock the caster wheels to prevent any mishaps. 

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