Apartments are the homes of more than 20 percent of Americans, and although space is limited, this shouldn’t stop people from being able to put it to use. Here are some simple tactics that can help you get your apartment in order so that you can focus on more important things.
1- Decide What You Need
Not everything you own is vital to your health and happiness. Those things that are should be separated and have space made for them before you move forward with anything else.
2- Empty Out Everything
Old bins, shoe boxes, folders of random paperwork, bags in your closet- all of it. Empty them one by one and go through them to see if you need them. Sometimes we hold onto things because of a ‘maybe’ that will never come.
3- Be Honest With Yourself
Even if you love a sweater, if you know you’ll never wear it, then you’re wasting space with it. Heavily consider if you’re ever going to put it on; if not, then it needs to go.
4- Use Space You Haven’t Considered
Adhesive hooks can get applied to the inside of cabinets and closet doors. You can hang scarves, necklaces, bags, whatever you’d like, on them in otherwise unused space.
5- Organize, Keep Organized
As good as it can feel about setting up a new organization plan, you have to be sure to stick to it. If you don’t use them, then those bins and bags you bought are just more clutter on the pile. If you need to, you can schedule five minutes a day to clean, or half an hour a week to catch up.
6- Buy Sturdy Instead of Cheap
Often clutter is because we own multiples of one thing. Buy a great umbrella that will last you, so that the corner by your door isn’t a graveyard of ruined ones. If something breaks, either fix it immediately or get rid of it.
7- Make Things More Compact
Although many people are forgoing DVDs and Blu-rays in exchange for digital video- most people still have a disc collection. Go the way of CDs in the 90s, and put them into an organizer instead of keeping them in bulky plastic cases.
8- Make Some Money
We’re more likely to get rid of something if we can get something in return for them! Consider selling things you’re not sure about trashing.
9- Ask For Help
Friends are capable of a keen and unbiased eye. Invite some over and ask for their help in going through things you’re not sure about, a second opinion can often help with decision making.
10- Consider You May Need More Space
If you’ve tried all of these, and you’re still not getting any headway, consider the possibility that an apartment isn’t for you. There’s only so much you can get rid of before you start losing things vital to you. Consider the option that it might be time to research Ottawa homes for sale instead of torturing yourself over it.
You deserve to live clutter and stress-free, you have to work towards that goal.Tammie~
Dana Rodriguez says
These are great tips. We live in a house but it is a small house so I can certainly use these ideas!
Hannah Chase says
This is really good and useful information. My apartment definitely needs decluttering. Thank you.
For sure a good time to consider doing this, a little each day goes a long way
I need to work on some of the things I don’t plan on keeping.
Shirley Symon says
I have been very aware of what I bring in to my house. Yes I have more space but then I have to clean and keep it organized. Like I have time for that.