If you live in a small apartment or home, then you know how hard it is to keep it organized and tidy! It only takes a box of papers or some folded clothes on the floor to overwhelm a smaller space…Ugh, I get anxiety thinking about it.
The good news is that there is hope! Here are 5 Strategies For Decluttering A Small Space:
Embrace Storage Containers! People often think that they can’t fit a filing cabinet, bookshelves, or a desk into their apartment or home. You need to embrace the fact that you have stuff and like to have certain things around – That’s what makes you interesting – Just find a way to manage it all so you don’t feel overwhelmed by it.
Furniture Can Be Storage! Do you own an ottoman that you could also use to store blankets? If not, you can find some really affordable ones at a local discount retail store near you. In the market for a new bed? Consider looking at one that has drawers underneath or has at least enough height to store some under-the-bed bins.
Think Vertical! In small living spaces it is very important to maximize all of your space. That’s why you NEED. To. Think. Vertical! If your desk is too small to store anything, try hanging some file folders above it to organize incoming papers and office supplies. Bulletin boards and magnetic boards are also great places to display artwork, school reminders, travel plans etc. These don’t require a lot of space, but can be super helpful for getting things off countertops and other flat surfaces.
Do A Little Every Day! People often say that they don’t have enough time to do any organizing, but everyone can find 10-15 minutes in their day to focus on at least one small space or project. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish in 15 minutes – like organizing all of your miscellaneous papers into several categories: To File, To Toss, To Shred, and To Do. And don’t forget to reward yourself with a glass of wine when you’re done ;).
Out With The Old! Chances are you don’t need most of the papers that you’re keeping — so shred them. If you haven’t worn that sweater for three years, donate it. Clearing out even a few items always makes me feel wayyy more relaxed.