Is your apartment a colossal mess because you have too much stuff? If so, don’t push the panic button just yet.
You have a right to be unhappy if your apartment isn’t put together. But thankfully, there are ways to get your home (and your life) back on track.
You don’t have to go to all Marie Kondo, either. Even if you live in a small apartment, you can still have a nice home without getting rid of everything you own.
Yes, living better usually means having fewer belongings. But with smart storage solutions, you won’t have to donate as many items.
So, before you throw out your entire collection of sunglasses, check out these five organization ideas. Before you know it, you’ll have more space to play with and more places to store your stuff!
Set Up an Area for Your Dog
To keep your dog’s area tidy, select a cabinet near your kitchen or entryway where you can store his stuff.
Use hooks for leashes and harnesses. It’s convenient to be able to grab a leash as you head out the door.
For accessories such as doggie bags and towels, store them in an open container. It should be on a shelf that’s easy to access.
If possible, keep the dog bed near Fido’s belongings. That way, everything will be in the same area, and you’ll know where to find what you need for your furry friend.
Get Your Entryway in Order
There are certain items you take with you every time you leave the house: hats, keys, purses, wallets, etc.
To make your life easier, create a spot for those items in your mudroom or entryway.
Storing them within reach will save you from having to search high and low when you need them.
To create extra space, get a bench with open storage or a cube cubby. These will give you some places to store things like boots and backpacks.
Wall shelves are another option. You can put a few modern-looking storage boxes on them to add a stylish-yet-functional touch. If it helps, label the boxes so you know exactly where to find things.
Of course, choose furniture that complements the rest of your apartment. An organized home will make you happy, but so will a cohesive and modern layout!
Find Solutions for Battery and Hardware Storage
Did you know that if you store batteries with the ends touching, they’ll slowly lose their power?
To prevent this from happening, invest in a battery storage solution that keeps them separated. It’ll also keep them from corroding.
Beyond batteries, you should also organize your hardware. Nuts, bolts, and hand tools can become extremely disorganized if you let them.
One idea is to keep nails in a flat bin with separate compartments. You can do the same for other hardware to keep things separated and easy to find.
Try to fit all your hardware and batteries in a single drawer. If you need more space, consider mounting a panel rack or cabinet to the wall.
You’ll love the feeling of knowing exactly where to find a piece of hardware or battery when you need it. No more digging through junk drawers and coffee cans to find the item you want!
Buy Double-Duty Furniture
Another way to keep your apartment organized is to invest in furniture that serves multiple purposes.
For example, you could buy a plain old ottoman. There’s nothing wrong with that—it’s a great place to kick your feet up.
But if you invest in a lift-top ottoman, you’ll be able to store things inside it. Then, your ottoman serves two purposes. It’s a much more efficient piece of furniture!
The same goes for your coffee table. Why limit yourself to a one-function table when you could buy one with drawers underneath?
There’s a ton of furniture that can add storage space to your apartment instead of just taking up room. If you want your apartment to look stylish and clean, treat yourself to a few pieces.
Organize Your Bedroom
Your bedroom may be the most important room in your apartment. It’s the first room you see when you wake up, so it sets the tone for the rest of your day.
Therefore, it’s crucial to have a neat and tidy bedroom.
Here are some tips on how to organize certain parts of your bedroom:
Instead of having a wide nightstand, get a skinny one. A limited amount of surface space will prevent you from piling too much clutter on top.
If you really need space by your bedside, get a nightstand with shelves underneath or mount shelves over your bed.
If you don’t already have a corner shelf, get one. You can use it to display plants or store random accessories.
But, make sure you put those accessories in decorative baskets. You want to keep things organized and eye-pleasing, not cluttered and messy!
Put your mattress on a platform with drawers or storage cubbies underneath. You can use those spaces for seasonal clothing, books, and other items.
See, you don’t have to get rid of everything. The key is to find unexpected places to keep it all!
Don’t let a messy apartment get you down. Honestly, getting organized isn’t as hard as it seems.
Sometimes, having too much stuff can take away from the aesthetics of your home. But you don’t have to throw it all away to make your home look nice.
Instead, you just have to find some creative storage solutions. It may take some time, effort, and a little bit of money, but you’ll be living in an organized apartment in no time!
Dominique Daniels is the Business Manager for Broadstone Pullman. With over five years of property management experience, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She finds joy in making Broadstone Pullman a place that everyone loves to call home.