Apartment kitchens can be so very small that only one person can be in the room at the same time. Keep counters cleaned out off by placing small appliances, breads, chips, food and other items away in cabinetry or the pantry if one is available.
For additional storage area and to keep carefully the clutter at bay look for plastic material storage bins you can use under the foundation, or purchase a coffee stand for the living room which has drawers underneath. This way you will keep all those items you don't use often stored away and out of view until you need them.
When decorating small rooms, you should always keep muddle to a minimum. Display only a few brightly colored accents and accessories to add depth and interest. In the living room, a single large vase filled with fresh flowers, a sizable candle and an individual print or painting using one wall are you need to add color while keeping the area wide open and spacious.