So someone commented to me the other day that they enjoyed my organizing posts, but they didn’t feel as if they were applicable to their apartment.
“You have a house, and that’s great. But it’s harder to organize in an apartment. I need some advice on THAT!”
Well, first of all, yes. Yes, it’s harder to organize in an apartment. And yes, we have a house. There are definitely differences.
However, the principles remain the same. And, believe it or not, I have NOT forgotten about apartment life! When we first got married, we lived in a one-bedroom apartment that was about 800 square feet. I loved it and hated it, all at the same time!
So…here are some organizing tips specifically tailored for apartments! Because living in an apartment with a limited space is a challenge on so many levels; especially if you want to keep your home well organized. The last thing you want to do at the end of a busy day is spend time reorganizing your home. If you can come up with a good plan overall, you should be able to keep your space tidy.
Invest in Storage Units
If you have too many things and nowhere to keep them, your apartment will end up looking overcrowded. If your apartment comes with an attic, basement, or garage, consider taking advantage of such a space. In fact, when looking for apartments such as (such as apartments for rent in Hollywood (Eastown Apartments) for my Los Angeles readers), ensure they have extra storage space. Some apartments in my area have a locked closet on the patio that functions as a fantastic storage space!
However, if your apartment does not have any extra room, think about renting a storage unit to use for organizing all your extra stuff.
Use the Laundry Hamper
If you are too busy to do laundry during the week, you need to invest in a laundry hamper with a lid. Buy a good-sized hamper and throw in your dirty clothes for the week. The lid will cover the dirty clothes until you have time to wash them.
Laundry hampers are also great to store pillows, seasonal clothing, towels and linens in, as well.
Do Not Leave the Dirty Dishes Overnight
Although washing dishes at night is a difficult habit to form, you will not look at your kitchen the same way once it sticks. If you live with a roommate, a partner or a family member, take turns doing the dishes before bed. Make sure the person who cooks is not the one who washes the dishes to avoid overworking that person. Washing the dishes before you retire to bed will make your small apartment kitchen look less messy. Plus, your mornings will be that much brighter with an empty sink.