Saying that life is busy is no exaggeration. Between the workload you have at work and the workload at home, you might feel like you are barely keeping up.
When you’re in a hurry, disorganization can creep up on you. Before you know it, you can feel like there is no order in your life at all.
With disorganization comes a mess, and if you are already living in a smaller living space, this can make your life even more difficult.
You will find yourself losing things often, and the clutter can negatively affect your productivity.
Are you ready for a better way to organize your apartment?
You’ve come to the right place. We’ve curate these five organizational tips for apartment dwellers who want to have a more peaceful and productive life.
1. The Comings and Goings
The biggest problem area is always where we enter or leave the apartment. We tend to drop things when we enter and forget things when we go. This causes a build-up of clutter right in the entrance.
To fix this problem area, you can create a command center.
Design your command center to allow you to “drop” your stuff in a more organized way and to see reminders of things you shouldn’t forget.
Most people include a keyholder, mail holder, dry erase board, and a drop station for their jackets, shoes, and bags. Consider a spot for pet leashes and umbrellas as well.
This area is also a great place to put a box for “go away.” You can put things in this box throughout the week that you want to get rid of.
Saturday (or whatever day works for you), just drop it off at the donation center.
2. Purge Like There’s No Tomorrow
Use a light KonMari Method to simplify your life by cutting out unnecessary belongings.
With the KonMari Method, everything should serve a purpose or bring you joy. If not, it does not deserve space in your life.
Could you get rid of it?
Think about it. The less you have in your apartment, the less cluttered it will be. This will make organizing much easier, and you will have much less to worry about.
Go room by room and decide which items earn their place in your apartment and which no longer (or never did) give your life any further meaning.
This process can be difficult for people who are sentimental or like having “stuff.”
However, if all this stuff is getting in the way of your peace, what is the point?
Purging your apartment can make a dramatic improvement to the organization of your life.
3. Invest in Your Organization
There are some fantastic tools and products on the market that can make a world of difference in your organizing efforts.
These great tools are available to use in every room of your apartment. For example, you can continuously improve the kitchen with a few bins and buckets to hold foodstuffs or gadgets.
Transform the space under the bathroom sink into an organized oasis with a few choice pieces of organizing equipment. Organizing your toiletries can help make your morning grooming a breeze.
As you can see, the initial investment of purchasing some of these helpful products definitely pays off in the end. Don’t be afraid to spend a bit extra money to buy the perfect organizing tool.
Of course, with all the products out there, you can quickly go overboard. It’s all about choosing the right products that are reasonably priced. This list of organizational tools is a great place to start.
4. Let Your Habits Do the Work
It’s the little things you do every day that create chaos in your home, and taking ownership of that can help you fix the problem.
If you never entered your apartment, would it need organizing?
Of course not. It’s our presence in the home that creates this disorganization by not following through with our actions. We get busy or procrastinate, and our apartments suffer the consequences.
This may seem counterproductive to add more steps to our daily processes to help us get things done, but the truth is, order leads to productivity.
You can make organization a habit by adopting small daily tasks. Start with one or two, and when you have these down, learn some more.
Close what you open, turn off what you turn on, put everything in its place. These are all good habits to develop.
Would you like some more helpful tips on how to make organization a habit?
Check out these fifteen daily habits to adopt.
5. Make It a Challenge
If you are competitive or need help to get organized, following an organizational challenge can make your goals become a reality.
There are many home organizing challenges on the internet, but this one is one of our favorites.
It is super easy to follow and includes printables and a weekly schedule. This website goes above and beyond to help you organize your home in just fourteen weeks.
This lady is a cleaning professional. She has literally written the book on cleaning (actually two), and she really knows her stuff.
Of course, you can try some of the other home organizing challenges online as well. Check out this 10-week organizing challenge, or if you want to take it slower, this 52-week organizing challenge would be more suited for you.
These five steps are doable in anyone’s life circumstances. You don’t have to do them all at once, mind you. Pick your favorite or most necessary step, and start there.
As you progress in organizing your apartment, you’ll find that your life becomes much more productive and easier to handle.
Less clutter in your living space means less clutter in your brain. This will help you to feel more at peace and think clearer to get things done.
Susie is our General Manager and has been with Copper Beech at Auburn for ten years! Susie is a huge asset to our team. In Susie’s spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, her three boys, and her dog Gunner.