Cut the Clutter and Make Your Apartment Feel More Like Home Sweet Home

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Clutter is a Drag

Do you spend too much time searching for your keys? Is that growing pile of mail keeping you up at night? Are you tired of tripping over toys, shoes, or basically anything that makes you never want to walk barefoot again?

If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you might have an issue with clutter.

Clutter inevitably impacts most of us due to busy schedules, sentimental attachments, and lack of organization. It’s easy for gradual clutter to go unnoticed until it becomes a burden and seems unmanageable.

Your home is an important place. It should offer serenity and be a space you feel good about. Unfortunately, clutter can have a negative impact on your mood. Not only can it cause anxiousness, embarrassment and frustration, it can also make a room feel uninviting.

Fortunately, there are plenty of tactics and tools to help you maintain a neat and organized home no matter how much clutter there may be.

Things to Consider First:

Change your attitude. Instead of thinking of de-cluttering as an arduous task consider how it can actually be a very rewarding process. Try to imagine how much easier your life will be and how aesthetically pleasing each area will look once you’re done. 

Don’t put pressure on yourself to complete the entire project in one day. If you’d rather try to knock it all out in a weekend, that’s great. Go for it. But if that seems too lofty of an ambition, entertain a more gradual approach. Even 15 minutes per day can make a world of difference. Maybe start by cleaning out a nightstand or sifting through a stack of mail. The visible progress will motivate you to do more. Or, focus on one space at a time. Work on a closet until you’re done, then move on to another.

Make it a team effort. All those that have contributed to the clutter should help de-clutter. Assign roommates or family members a certain area to address. Let kids help by sorting out old clothes and toys.

Play music. It will help to pass the time faster and add some fun to the project.

OK! Time to De-Clutter – 14 Tips!

→ The key to success is making sure every item has its own designated place. If you abide by this rule your battle with clutter is nearly won. For example:

→ Set up a designated filing station for mail. Go through the mail on a regular basis to prevent a small pile of junk mail from becoming an overwhelming mound.

→ Put a hook or bowl near the front door for keys so that they can easily be dropped off upon arrival and grabbed upon departure.

→ Place shoe racks on closet floors so they are easily assessable, yet out of the way. Or hang a shoe organizer on the closet door.

→ Shelves are built to store things like books and toys but decorative baskets and boxes placed on shelves can offer discreet secondary storage for loose items. These boxes are perfect to hide away on a shelf.

→ Hang or designate hooks or storage containers for items like handbags and scarves. 

Drawer organizers can be life savers when it comes to tackling clutter. Silverware trays can be used in other drawers to organize tools, accessories and other small items.

→ Space can easily become crowded by lots of knick-knacks. Routinely edit your collection of displayed items and designate a storage space for items of sentimental value that aren’t out in the open.

→ Use pretty bowls to contain small items such as paper clips and earrings. Places such as Home Goods and flea markets are great finds for these.

→ Set up an organized system for storing receipts, invoices, tax statements, etc. and make it a habit of filing these items as they come in.

→ Donate unneeded clothing, toys, books, magazines, etc. to a local charity organization.

→ Take advantage of under-bed storage to stash seasonal clothing/bedding out of sight.

→ Run out of drawer space? Try folding then rolling T-shirts. You’ll free up about 1/3 more space!

→ Rearrange the furniture in a way that is more conducive to the available space and makes the room feel more open.

→ Make organization fun for the kids by using cute storage bins that look fun, while adding new charm to their rooms.

So turn up the music and think of it as less of a chore and more of a way to feel great about your space — cut that clutter! Your reward will be a beautiful and organized sanctuary from the stress of the everyday world.