Tips For Organizing Your Apartment

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.

Washing Dishes

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.

Continue reading

Constantly Late for Everything? Maybe It’s Your Bathroom’s Fault!

We all have that one friend who is constantly late for everything. The one you tell you’re meeting at 2:15, just so they’ll actually be there for the actual 2:30 meeting. Are you thinking of that one friend? Or maybe you ARE that one friend? 

I can definitely relate to this, so when blogger Mia Gunson contacted me to tell me that the reason people are late is due to their BATHROOM…well, I had to read this one! 

How many times have you been late for a business meeting? Or a date? Have you ever had to call your friends or your partner and apologize for running late? How did you feel when you heard their disappointed sigh? Being constantly late makes other people see you as an untrustworthy person, and it’s only a matter of time before everyone stops making plans with you. However, what if it’s not your fault?

Let’s consider this scenario: you’re on your way to an important meeting, a date or a simple get-together with your friends. And since you want to look your best, what do you do? You go to the bathroom, take a quick shower, and then spend fifteen minutes looking for your beauty products, not being able to locate them. A messy bathroom can really put you behind schedule and it seems that you’re not to blame for being late – it’s the organization of your bathroom! If you have these problems too, here’s how to create an organized and functional bathroom, so you’ll never be late again.

First, Declutter!

The biggest problem in your bathroom is probably an abundance of unnecessary items – expired products, empty shampoo bottles, dirty laundry and wet towels. And in such a mess, it’s no surprise you can’t seem to find your hair brush or toothpaste for ten or fifteen minutes!

Therefore, before organizing your bathroom, declutter it first. This doesn’t have to take long, but it’s definitely worth the hustle. Only after you’ve cleared out all your trash can you start putting your bathroom and your life back together.

Screen Shot 2017-04-07 at 9.46.13 AM

Organize the Basics

What are the most important items in your bathroom? The towels, beauty products, skin care and items you need on a daily basis, like a toothbrush and shampoo? If this is the stuff you use frequently, make sure it’s within arm’s reach. If carefully organized and labeled, these items will be accessible to you at all times and you won’t have to waste time looking for them anymore.

Again, this isn’t rocket science and you don’t have to put in hours of work into achieving a perfect organization – hang your wet towel on rails and holders, place all your necessities in a medicine cabinet and organize your storage so that you always know where everything is.

Continue reading

Organizing For Your Lifestyle – A New Book & Giveaway!

Everyone around here knows that I LOVE organization. My theory is, life is CRAZY. There are TONS of things you’ll never be prepared for, but by being organized and ready for the things you CAN be, you can combat the rest of the craziness with confidence!

So when I got wind of a new book on organization, I wanted to share it with all of you – in more than one way! Check it out!

9781483570952

Organizing for Your Lifestyle is a fun, inspiring guide to organizing all aspects of your life, from socks to suitcases.

Continue reading

How to Organize Your Mind

We talk a lot about things to organize here on the blog, but recently, I haven’t been “feeling” all that organized. And when I say that, I mean that my BRAIN hasn’t been feeling all that organized. Call it pregnancy brain if you want…all I know is that I can’t think as clearly as I used to, I can’t process like I’m normally able to, and all my multitasking skills have completely gone out the window! It pretty much stinks – and I really hope I regain some of my brain once the babies come! 

So when Doug from The Kitchen Professor asked me about publishing an article on organizing your mind, well, first of all I wondered if he could just organize mine for me! HA! When I figured he couldn’t, I decided the article was the next best thing. Let’s see if he can help…

Healthy habits lead to a healthy mind and if we don’t keep our minds in a good working order the effects can not only be physiological but they can lead to physical problems too.

colorful reminder notes on a corkboard

There are four key areas that you need to address to keep your mind healthy and strong so you can improve not only your own life but the lives of your friends, your family and all those around you. Physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity and social engagement.

Continue reading

Shocking Stats About Getting Organized!

How’s that for a title? Are you intrigued now? Are you READY?!

I honestly think the most shocking stat about getting organized is the fact that the people you THINK are organized perfectly are NOT. It’s true. I have people tell me all the time they can’t believe how organized I am, and all I can think is of my nightstand drawer, that is a hot mess right now. Or the fact that our guest room closet has turned into a catch-all closet. And don’t get me started on the pile of disposable gardening pots that’s on the side of the house…out of sight, out of mind, right?

Are you shocked?!

Carrer and success

I’m not. In fact, millions of Americans have a hard time getting organized. Don’t believe it? Let the statistics do the talking. 

  • On average, we spend 1.5 hours a day looking for things. 
  • 80% of what we own, we rarely use.
  • Can you guess the item in the house that both men and women look for the most? 

Thanks to the amazing Stephanie over at Monkey Bar Storage, who put together some information for us, we can SEE some of the shocking stats and hopefully use that knowledge to CORRECT our biggest organizational problems!

Continue reading