8 Simple Ways to Declutter Your Apartment
In today’s world, peace of mind is elusive, but by decluttering and organizing your apartment, you can find a sense of calm as you walk through the door every night. People who live in apartments have challenges that those with homes do not because they don’t have the extra storage space in closets, basements, and garages. Homeowners must declutter from a different perspective.
For apartment-dwellers, clutter seems to creep in. Things land in the wrong place and stay there, such as the shoes by the door, mail thrown on the table, clothes never folded or put away, and dishes piling up in the sink. These are the areas to focus on.
With a simple plan, anyone in an apartment can incorporate good decluttering habits into their everyday lifestyle with only a few suggestions. Conquer the existing chaos by owning the clutter and acting on it. Doing one thing at a time is key. Start out with one bedroom, closet or kitchen one a week. Then, tackle another room next week, and before you know it, you’ll have an organized living space with room to move.
Here are eight super simple strategies for decluttering any apartment, so you can enjoy your place.
1. Get Rid of Useless Items
One room at a time, you are going to make some decisions. Simply ask yourself about every item, do I want to keep this piece of clothing, box of junk, extra set of dishes or do I want to a) donate it b) recycle it or c) throw it away or d) keep it. The bottom line is – does this make me smile or is it useful? If you can answer “Yes,” then you can keep it, but If your answer is “No,” then it goes into one of the other three categories. Simple. Separate using boxes or large garbage bags.
This could be the most difficult and time-consuming part of the decluttering process for you, but this extra stuff is cramping your style.
2. Minimize Décor
Next, think about the décor. Have you collected too many end tables or chairs from your well-meaning friends or the Thrift Stores? The name of the Declutter Game is to simplify your environment to create a more livable space. Think Garage Sale.
3. Utilize Storage Space
More storage is always helpful. Could you fill plastic bins and hide under the bed or the couch? These bins are great ways hide seasonal items.
4. Separate Sentimental Belongings
Reconsider sentimental stuff. When you come across these items separate them into another bin that you can act on later.
5. Organize Your Kitchen
The kitchen may be a real challenge, but you can do it! Once you’re finished the first time, it will be much easier to maintain. Choose the refrigerator on a day when it’s empty. Take everything off each shelf, clean it with a bacteria- killing spray such as Lysol. Put like items together, and if there are several people sharing the space, use tape and make tags to stick on the inside. such as sauces, fruits, veggies, meat, and butter. This touch of organization will make everybody happy.
The final three steps are declutter maintenance to keep your space open, organized and clutter-free by the week.
6. Set a Laundry Day
Set a day for laundry; the same day every week. Make sure that all clothes are folded and put away in the closet or dresser by the end of that day. Clean out one drawer each week, and get a basket to put the mail, and go through it religiously on laundry day. Read everything, and trash or act, whichever is appropriate.
7. Declutter for 5 Minutes Each Day
Take five minutes to make a “declutter sweep” every night before you go to bed. Return misplaced items to their designated basket, bin, closet or drawer. You’ll find smaller plastic bins for smaller items.
8. Enjoy the Process
Don’t take yourself so seriously! Make keeping your apartment organized fun by turning up the music, and then when you’re done, find your BFF, and go out to dinner! Maybe they will even help you with a tremendous Yard Sale to make some money back.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and by reducing the clutter in your apartment, you will be able to relax when you are at home. Decorating may be your next adventure!