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Space savers

Skyla Freeman makes the most of every inch of her bright 425-square-foot studio apartment. Here are some of the ways she keeps her stylish home organized without spending a fortune.

Edit, edit, edit. There are no storage units in Freeman’s building so, as she says, “If I own it, I love it.” She advises small-space dwellers to keep only what they really like and be ruthless about the rest. Post items in the classifieds or on an online site.

Mine retail vignettes for ideas. Grab a friend and spend a morning or afternoon at a place like Ikea. Spend time studying organizing and closet vignettes, which have clever ideas for saving space.

Tape it out. Don’t buy any furniture before taping out its dimensions with masking tape in the exact place you plan to put it.

Stay organized. A small space is even more reason to go digital: Instead of writing lists or cutting photos out of catalogues or magazines, pin decorating and shopping needs on a Pinterest board. Right now, Freeman’s list includes chinoiserie prints, a West Elm green throw and a sunburst mirror from Ballard Designs.

Have a place for everything. Out-of-place items will make your home feel cluttered and even smaller. Give all your belongings a home and keep them there. Freeman uses her grandmother’s vintage glass butter dish to corral her three remotes in the living room.

The baseboard rule. Keep baseboards visible because when you can see under furniture, it draws the eye up and gives a feeling of spaciousness. Look for chests with legs and sofas without skirts to give your room a lift.

– Jura Koncius, Washington Post

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