*Guest post courtesy of Revelry Flats*
Are you looking for a way to organize your apartment better? Of course you are! There’s hardly anything better than a clean and organized living space.
The problem, of course, is that reorganizing your apartment can feel like an impossible task. It’s particularly tricky when you’re accustomed to living among clutter. Marie Kondo makes it look easy on her TV show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, but it’s a whole different story in real life.
The key, therefore, is to eliminate the chore aspect of organizing and to integrate better habits into your day-to-day life. If you set your apartment up in a way where all of your belongings have a home, you can put things back in their spot whenever you’re done with them.
Then, organization day won’t feel like such a big event anymore!
In this article, we’ve outlined a few tips on reorganizing your place. Hopefully, they’ll help you keep your stuff in order. A clutter-free apartment can be yours in no time, so read these tips, roll up your sleeves, and get to work!
1. Use Hidden Storage
Your couch isn’t just a place to sit. And your bed isn’t just a place to sleep, either. Both of these pieces of furniture have valuable storage space underneath them.
They’re nice because you can “hide” stuff under them that would normally clutter up your apartment. Books, records, and even clothing fit snugly under your furniture if you organize them properly.
For this technique to work, you need to make sure that you buy the right type of furniture. After all, you can’t store stuff under your bed if your mattress is on the floor. But, there’s plenty of storage-friendly furniture out there.
In addition to beds and sofas, for example, you may want to invest in a storage ottoman. These are ottomans that open up from the top and allow you to place blankets and other objects inside.
Or, you might want to look for a chest that can double as a bench in your living room. If you place some cushions and a cover on the top, no one will even realize that the bench they’re sitting on is a sneaky storage cabinet!
The more storage vessels you incorporate into your home, the more space you’ll have to hide extra clutter. Just remember to keep these spaces organized so that you don’t create a messy clutter-cubby that you’ll have to clean out later on.
2. Get Your Closet in Order
Closets have a way of spilling out into the rest of the apartment. If yours isn’t clean, the chances are that the rest of your home won’t be, either.
So, it’s important to organize your closet in such a way that it stays organized without taking over the rest of your living space.
To do this, you need to set up a closet “system” that works well for you. There are a variety of closet storage containers you can buy to help you develop a system.
Stackable containers, for example, are an excellent way to utilize every inch of your closet. All you have to do is stack them on top of each other to create a chest for socks, t-shirts, accessories, etc.
If the length of the closet is long enough, you might even consider putting a dresser in your closet. This is particularly useful when you have more than one person sharing the same closet. If you have two kids sharing a room and each has a dresser, for example, it’ll help you save on space by keeping one dresser in the closet.
The better you plan your system, the easier it will be to keep everything organized in the future. It may seem like a pain now, but it will save you a massive headache in the future. No longer will you have to dig through a heap of clothes to find your favorite t-shirt.
3. Utilize Organization Accessories
“Organization accessories” is a loose term for anything that helps you keep your belongings in order: hooks, caddies, roll-out drawers, etc. Essentially, anything you’d find at The Container Store falls under this umbrella.
These tools are truly a blessing. You should never underestimate their potential as they can likely solve any problem you have.
If you have too many pots and pans lying around the kitchen, for example, you can install an under-the-sink roll-out drawer to organize them.
Or, if you have too many belts, hats, and scarves piling up on your bedroom floor, you can get some wall hooks to hang them on.
The possibilities are endless. Spend a few minutes browsing Target’s Storage section, and you’ll find some great tools that’ll help to get you organized.
4. Keep Shoes in Their Place
Shoes are tricky to organize. They’re clunky. They don’t stack well. And most of us have a lot of them.
But, where there’s a will, there’s a way!
The problem is that we get used to keeping shoes in the same place--on the closet floor, on a mat near the door, etc. But, those aren’t the only places to store shoes.
Yes, storing them in a convenient location makes it easier for you to locate them when you’re about to head out the door. But, they create clutter as they pile up. So, it’s important to keep in mind that you can store shoes in multiple spots.
In other words, you could put the ones you wear most often near the front door. But, the rest can go in a shoe bag that hangs on the inside of your closet door. That way, they won’t take up all of the space in your entryway.
You can also arrange shoes in a pull-out container underneath your bed. This is a perfect solution for winter boots and other shoes you don’t wear very often.
There’s a variety of different ways to store shoes neatly - so don’t be afraid to think outside the box!
5. Stay on Top of Your Mail
If you’ve ever lived in a house where mail piles up on counters and in drawers, you understand why this tip is so important.
If you allow it to accumulate, mail will make your house feel a lot more cluttered.
To prevent your mail from piling up, you should take the time to sort it as soon as you receive it. Keep the things you need and throw the rest out.
A mail sorter can help you keep it in order. But, if you take five minutes out of your day to go through it right away, you won’t have to worry about it building up.
The idea is to be in charge of the mess instead of allowing it to be in charge of you.
Stop Thinking of Organization As a Chore
Organizing your apartment can be overwhelming. But, it shouldn’t be. Too often, we forget that when we clean our apartments, we’re doing ourselves a huge favor.
Once you have your apartment set up in a way that feels comfortable, it becomes much easier to clean. There’s something about an organized, clutter-free apartment that feels so peaceful. In a way, it makes you want to keep it in order to protect its peaceful quality.
Hopefully, the tips outlined above will help motivate you to start organizing.
Remember, everyone has different organizing techniques that work well for them. So if you find something else that works better for you, don’t be afraid to get creative.
What matters is at the end of the project, you’ll have an organized space that makes you feel happy and safe.
Ryan Sundling is a Group Marketing Manager at Cardinal Group Management and works closely with Revelry Flats to help them with their marketing efforts. He has over ten years of experience in the student housing industry.