Survival Tips For Small, Shared Spaces
Survival Tips For Small, Shared Spaces

Survival Tips For Small, Shared Spaces

Try these tricks to help with making and sharing space.


Life isn’t into respecting boundaries, privacy, or basic social cues. And that’s readily apparent during freshman year of college. Or if you have roommates. Or just a really small apartment. Try these tricks to help with making and sharing space.

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Color coded refrigeration

Arguably the most challenging part of living with roommates? Food swipers. Thankfully, the different colored tabs on Ziploc® brand bags make it easy to keep track of what belongs to whom, and encourages preparing food and eating at home! (Hello, more pocket money.) Just designate a different colored Ziploc® brand bag tab for each roommate. Moving forward, each member of the household can’t pretend they forgot what’s theirs to eat (or throw out!), and what’s off limits.

Color coded refrigerator bags
Color coded refrigerator bags

Bagging between seasons

Getting closets ready for each season makes it apparent just how cramped your space is. When warm weather finally hits, make more space by gathering your bulky winter items in a Ziploc® Space Bag®, then put the hose of a vacuum on the valve and let ‘er rip! The vacuum suctions all the air out, leaving you with your bulky items compacted. Slide the Ziploc® Space Bag® into any narrow place to keep it out of sight, yet within arm’s reach for winter.

Ziploc® brand Space Bag®
Ziploc® brand Space Bag®

Breathe in some brightness with plants

Not everyone has a spacious backyard, but you can always make space for greenery! Houseplants purify indoor air and sharpen your focus. No fancy pots needed—create a planter with a Ziploc® brand container. First use a sharp knife or scissors to put holes in the bottom so the soil can drain between waterings, then loosely fill with potting soil, and insert your plant. Top with more soil, and set the Ziploc® brand container on top of its lid, which makes a perfect water catcher.

Ziploc® brand container potted plant
Ziploc® brand container potted plant
Ziploc® brand container potted plant

Just say no to mail mix-ups and messes

It’s true that a lot of mail doesn’t come via regular old “snail mail” anymore—but some still does (Hi check from grandma!), and so does important mail that looks like junk mail (and vice versa). So prevent any mix-ups—or missed payments—with this handy DIY mail organizer that helps streamline incoming and outgoing mail.

Mail organizer

First, use permanent ink to write the name of each dorm-mate or household member on the tabs of Ziploc® brand bags. Then cut heavy weight cardstock to fit neatly inside each one, so the bags will stand upright. File the bags into a basket or container, set it all by the front door, and let the organizer work its magic. Put envelopes, stamps and pens inside, so you’ll have everything you need to keep your mail under control.

Mail organizer labels

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