New York City is one of the most iconic cities in the world, home to eight million people who give it the infectious fast-paced character it is known for. Another thing the city is known for? Very small and very expensive apartments. Your apartment should be a reprieve from the city’s hustle and bustle. In this article, we will share five simple steps for how you can do just that–and make the most of NYC living!

1. Make the most of your kitchen space 

You need to eat. And while there are over 20,000 restaurants in New York City, sometimes you just want a good, old-fashioned, home-cooked meal. Kitchen space in the city is notoriously tight but with the right organization you can create a functional culinary environment. Not sure where to start? Check out our 5 hacks for transforming your kitchen from tiny to cozy

2. Maximize bathroom efficienc

The bathroom is one part of the home that you just need to work well. New York City is known for small bathrooms with irregular functionality. But never fear—the storage experts at Gotham Mini Storage have compiled 5 hacks that transform a small bathroom into a spa

3. Studio living 

A studio is an apartment that doesn’t have a closed off bedroom. This means your bed is incorporated into your living space. Studio apartments are synonymous with NYC living and are almost a rite of passage for New Yorkers who just scored their first solo place! There are tons of furniture and decor options to create the perfect studio for your lifestyle and provide a space with some privacy when you entertain. (You probably don’t want your guests sitting on your bed.) Start with these tips for living in Mahattan’s micro apartments

4. The roommate

In New York, 40% of adult renters are living with a roommate. If you are one of them, you may need to establish some apartment rules or ways of living that create a peaceful environment for both you and your roommate. Whether you are best friends or just met, laying some ground rules will help your shared apartment feel more like home. Learn more about how to create harmonious living with your roommate in our 5 step guide to living with a roommate

5. When you need to get away 

Every city dweller knows that sometimes you need to retreat to nature. New York City is fast-paced, crowded, and simulating but offers ample options for day trips to escape to nature. Winter can be particularly cold and dreary so be sure to read our articles on the top 5 winter getaways from NYC

Staying put and need more space while living in New York City? Contact Gotham Mini Storage the premier Manhattan mini storage provider. Gotham offers a range of storage unit sizes—and a free truck on move-in day—which can make freeing up your living space a little easier (and less expensive).