There are so many perks to living in an apartment, especially a small one! Less space to clean, no yard work to hassle with, and things always feel cozy. When you have a lot of clothes and knick-knacks, though, small apartment closets pose a big problem. Here are a few organization tips to help you breathe easy in your cozy digs. Read the rest of this entry »
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Apartment living can come with a lot of perks: a great local community to interact with, paid amenities, and free maintenance. But when looking at studio apartments, closet space can often leave something to be desired. Here are the top 5 easy tips for making the most out of a smaller closet. Read the rest of this entry »
Organizing your apartment bedroom can help you feel more comfortable at home. After all, it’s the place you go to get rest. And if you have roommates, your bedroom probably serves quite a few more functions — it might also be your home office, or even your dining room. Though it’s tempting to stuff things under the bed or in the closet just to get them out of the way, taking time to tidy up is so worth it. Read on for a few ways to help get you started with organizing your apartment bedroom.
Arrange and Rearrange
Figure out the best place for your furniture. This can be tricky if your bedroom needs to house your desk, dresser and bed, but don’t be afraid to rearrange your furniture until it feels right. Experiment with angling pieces of furniture, too. Ask a friend or roommate for help — besides assisting with any heavy-lifting, they might have great ideas for furniture placement.
Find a Place for Everything
Yep, even that random, lonely sock needs a place to go. Take inventory of what you have, and figure out logical storage places. If necessary, think about buying items that’ll make this easier. For example, underbed storage boxes are inexpensive and can be perfect for keeping your bedding, towels and even extra clothing. Also, a hanging shoe organizer (available for less than $20 at most home stores) put up in your closet doesn’t have to only hold shoes — you can put accessories or folded clothes on each little shelf, or use it to hold light boxes of supplies. Best of all, you can take it with you to your next apartment. Once you’ve found a place for everything, it’ll be so much easier to stay organized.
Don’t Neglect Your Closet
Big or small, a closet is a huge help when it comes to organizing and keeping your bedroom tidy. Hang up clothes after you finish the laundry, and place a hamper in the closet to keep all of your soiled clothes in one place.
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Moving from a big apartment to a small apartment may mean less space, but it can also be a good thing — especially if you’re moving to a better location or will be paying less rent (and less in utilities) every month. If you’re ever in this situation, take note of our 5 ways to downsize when you’re moving to a small apartment…
Start early. If you leave everything to the last minute, there may not be enough time to get organized. Give yourself plenty of time to make your move as smooth as possible.
Take inventory. When you really look at what you have, you may be surprised to find out how much you don’t need, even in a large space. You might even find some things you’ve had but haven’t been using. Either way, once you know what you have, you’ll be able to plan for your move to the small apartment. And don’t just look at furnishings: include clothing, bedding and accessories you have as well.
Make a plan for your new space. Think about your new apartment and try to plan out what will go where. This will help you decide what to take and what to sell or donate. Since you’ll be starting fresh in a smaller home, a great option you have is getting creative with the new space. Consider small-space solutions like shelving and multi-purpose furniture (example: ottomans that can double as coffee tables and extra seating for guests).
Sell, sell, sell. Once you’ve figured out what you do and don’t need, consider selling the stuff you won’t be taking with you to your new apartment. There are plenty of websites that will let you place a free ad, and there’s also your newspaper’s classifieds section. Even Facebook has a classifieds section.
Donate, donate, donate. Have a friend or family member in need? A local thrift store, church, school or shelter? Whatever you do, don’t just send off that nightstand or La-Z-Boy to the dump — someone will probably be able to use it, even if you think it’s unusable or broken. As they say, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Organize Your Apartment: Get Rid of Stuff
If you’ve got a cluttered or messy apartment, your first problem may be that you’ve just got too much stuff. After your long search for an apartment, you don’t want to be buried in it by miscellaneous piles of papers and clothes that you know you’re never going to wear. Organize your apartment by clearing out the clutter!
Take a Trip to Charity or the Library
If you’re not using it, maybe someone else can. Load up those extra clothes and the furniture that doesn’t quite fit your new digs and drop it off at the local thrift store. Do the same with some of those books that you’ve already read and don’t want to give up, or those you’ve “been meaning to read.” You can always donate books to the local library, and if you ever really need to read them, you can simply borrow them. If you have less stuff, you are on the way to having an organized apartment.
Organize Your Apartment: Rent Storage
You’ve got to keep certain items where you can find them, but you don’t need to trip over them every time you get in the door. Documents proving what you claimed on your taxes, for example, should probably be kept around for 5 to 7 years. Why not rent a storage space to keep some of this out of your apartment complex and out of your way? If the tax man comes round, you can always go and retrieve it. Ask at your management office. Some complexes even offer additional storage right on site, so you don’t have far to go to organize your apartment.
Buy a Few Key Organizational Aids
You don’t need to clean out this whole section of the store. Take a look around your apartment and see what would benefit you most. For example, whether you take your shoes off at the door or pile them up in your closet, either way you’re likely to have a pile cluttering up your floor somewhere. Why not invest a small amount of cash into a shoe rack or shelves so you can stack them neatly and organize your apartment using vertical space?
If paper clutter is your enemy, try scanning documents into a computer and keeping electronic copies only, or investing in a file cabinet. Clearing out the paper piles will help you organize your apartment – and help your state of mind too!
Create Your Own System to Organize Your Apartment
Decide how you’re going to deal with things like mail every day, and find tools and systems that work for you to organize your apartment. Try immediately dealing with junk mail, and having a mini-filing system right at the door to separate bills and materials that you want to read later.
Good luck, and happy organizing!