Tips to Declutter Your Apartment

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Organizing your apartment may seem like an all day project, but when done correctly, it’ll enhance your day to day lifestyle. The key to declutter is knowing that everything has a place, and we have a list of tips to help! Follow along as we explain our room-by-room guide to make the most of every square foot of your apartment, and how to keep it that way.

Closet Organization

When you think of decluttering, closets are usually the first to come to mind. In the long run, decluttering and organizing your bedroom, bathroom, and hallway closets will help you find a place for everything (and say goodbye to items you don’t really need!). Make the best of unused space with over-the-door shoe racks, stackable shelves, and baskets.

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Tidy Up the Living Room

Your living room can be one of the most challenging rooms to keep organized – simply because it’s a high-traffic and communal space. From throw blankets to extra DVDs, what’s the secret to gaining extra storage? Invest in furniture with dual purposes! While tidying up living rooms isn’t too hard, here are a few tips to keep it looking good and organized:

  1. Coffee tables, end tables, and ottomans with additional storage
  2. All-in-one entertainment centers (for your TV, stereo systems, DVDs and CDs, books, magazines)
  3. Designated toy chests for children
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Kitchen Storage Options

Kitchens are the heart of every home, and can sometimes be the most unorganized! From cooking to dining, socializing and entertaining, kitchens are known to hold a variety of items for multiple purposes. Here are a few ways to organize cabinets and countertops to give yourself valuable space:

Cabinets – You can never have enough shelving space! First designate specific cabinets for either food (canned or dry items) or accessories (tupperware, small appliances, and gadgets). Next, keep items you use frequently on lower-level shelves, like spice racks and everyday plates or cups.

Countertops – Counters are among the first surfaces to draw clutter, but it doesn’t need to be this way! Pick up a few cookie jars and dry food containers from TJ Maxx or The Container Store to not only give yourself additional storage, but a pop of color into your kitchen.

Baskets – Not only do woven baskets add extra storage space, but they also give your kitchen a bit of character! These are perfect for storing extra dish towels, cooking aprons, oven mitts, placemats, and table runners.

A Pro Tip: Depending on the size of your kitchen, consider a kitchen cart for extra counter top space and underneath storage for blenders, mixers, and baskets.

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Organize the Bedroom

Imagine starting and ending your day in a peaceful, clutter-free bedroom. Sound unrealistic with so much stuff to sort through? Think again!

Tackle each and every pile of clothing, stack of shoeboxes, and items waiting to be returned with a divide and conquer mindset. To start off, sort items into keep, toss, and sell piles. Next, utilize storage bags for seasonal clothing and slide them under your bed. If your apartment has higher ceilings, think vertically! Bookcases and chic storage units are perfect for holding sweaters, jeans, scarves, purses, and accessories. Speaking of accessories, another alternative is to hang bags and jewelry on bare closet walls for each (and efficient!) access.

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Cut Bathroom Clutter

If there’s one tip we have when tackling your bathroom’s clutter, it’s “If you don’t use it, lose it!”. Because really, how many hair brushes and grooming products do you really need?

The first place to start your decluttering process is the vanity. Go through each drawer and decide what can stay, and what’s gotta go. For small items like hair ties, cotton balls, q-tips, and nail accessories, using mason jars is a crafty organization idea. Keep toothbrushes, toothpaste, and floss in one drawer, hair brushes and tools in another, and so on.

Next, tackle your storage space under the sink. Condense the amount of cleaning supplies, and bottles of shampoo you have. We love freestanding ladder-style shelving units from Wayfair for smaller items, like towels and hand soaps. You’ll be amazed at the amount of space you discover!

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