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.

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Quick Tips For Moving Into A New Home

I was thinking the other day, “I’ve never heard anyone say ‘I LOVE moving!!!'” I mean, really! Have YOU ever heard someone say that?

However, from the three times I’ve moved in my adult life, I’ve gleaned a little bit of information on the process. For instance, I don’t think I will EVER move again without hiring professional movers. I just won’t do it. And now that our last  “moving” escapade is behind us, I thought it would be a great time to share some tips with everyone! Even though moving is often seen as an ordeal, especially if you have to pack a house full of stuff that you’ve acquired over the years, it need not be as exhausting and nerve-wracking as you imagine. It’s really all about how organized you are!

The secret to reducing stress and making the move go as smoothly as possible is to dispense with the idea of rugged individualism and ask for help. The more help you can get, the easier it will be to move. Usually, the best type of help available is hiring professional movers like North American Van Lines who can manage the logistics of packing, loading, transportation, and unpacking for you. While a do-it-yourself approach is often seen as cheaper, when you consider the cost of your labor, getting everything organized, and driving a large truck across hundreds of miles, will probably prove much more cost-effective in the long run. Moreover, working with experienced movers who have all the right equipment will make everything go more smoothly. 

Once you’ve made your big move, you’ll be able to settle into your new house quickly–if you do it in an organized and methodical way.

Young couple is moving into new house with lot of boxes. Woman is pregnant.

Here are some tips on finishing unpacking, settling in, getting to know the community, and planning that perfect housewarming party:

1. Unpacking

Once you’ve moved in you’ll probably feel a little tired and overwhelmed by all the changes you’re going through at a rapid rate. You may also feel a little anxious about how to unpack and settle in because there appears to be so much that needs to be done at once.

Here are three steps to take to get moved in the quickest and most effective way possible:

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Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Any Room Better

Ever get the feeling that you will just NEVER be finishing decorating your home? I hope it’s not just me!

We’ve been in this home for almost 4 months now, and every day I’m still putting decor together. And moving it. And replacing it. And putting it back where it was to start out with. Considering the fact that when we moved from our last house I still didn’t have THAT one the way I wanted it…well…I think decorating is just part of life for me these days. 

And I guess that’s okay. Because if I finally get the house exactly the way I want it…well, then what?!

So when Tabitha Gits sent me over this post, I was ready! I’ll take all the tips I can get! How about you?

As you probably know, designers do not follow rule books to achieve great results. As humans, we are creative by nature and love to follow our intuition. That being said, when it comes to home decor, you SHOULD follow SOME rough guidelines to get a great result every time.

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Here are some decorating tips that will work for every room in your house:

Give Your Furniture Room to Breathe

Resist the urge to overcrowd any room in your home. If you are working on a tight budget, this is very good news for you. Spend your money on fewer quality pieces if you want a room to look better. For instance, a few high-backed chairs will make a room look more elegant.

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Lighting Tricks You Need in Your Home

The overhead light bulbs blew in our nursery the other day. We didn’t happen to have any replacement bulbs on hand, for a minute, I thought, oh gosh, what on earth am I gonna get accomplished in this lighting? How am I gonna change diapers in the dark?! Then I remembered that I actually have a lamp in the nursery as a part of the decor. (Mommy brain. They say you get your brain back after you have the baby. Lies, I tell you. All lies!) I turned on the lamp and it worked beautifully, of course. Perfect!

As I started to look around the room, I realized that I liked the room even MORE with the lamp light than I did with the overhead light! Funny how that happens some times, right?!

Lighting and art go hand in hand. Typically, light is used to illuminate artworks of all types, from paintings to sculptures, to even the furniture you have in your home. Light, however, can be so much more than that. Artists have begun to use light as their medium, and the results are just phenomenal. Not only does this “light art” offer a new medium for artists to express themselves but it also offers everyday people like you the chance to be more creative when lighting your home.

Light can trick the senses. It can instill a feeling. It can calm you; it can energize you, and, once the sun goes down, it can work as a function for you. Here are three ways you can use light to change your space.

Make it Appear Bigger:

Claustrophobic spaces are terrible. They close in on you, limit your space, and can even cause an increased sense of anxiety in some people. To make your room appear larger, opt for lights that light up the walls, and the corners of your room that typically get the least amount of light. Install wall scones to bring a muted, calm light that also makes the space feel bigger and more dynamic. They are perfect to make your room a sanctuary after a long day at work.

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Keep Your Kitchen Clean and Fresh with These 7 Tips

My normal cleaning routine took a turn for the non-routine when the twins were born. Now, with the girls an entire 6 months old (where is the time going?!), I think I may finally be getting the hang of housekeeping once more. The big lesson I’ve had to learn is: I can’t do it all at once.

Pre-kiddos, I used to be able to spend a few hours in one morning cleaning the house, and it would stay pretty clean for about a week or so. Now, I’m excited if I get one bathroom cleaned by the end of the day! HA! 

But there are a few things that I’ve made sure I maintained as clean once I got them there. Since I’m prepping adult food and baby food and formula there multiple times a day, the kitchen is something that has stayed clean at our house.

happy young family have lunch time with fresh fruits and vegetable food in bright kitchen

So when Alyssa Winters contacted me and asked if I wanted to post a piece on keeping a kitchen fresh and clean, I was all about it! Hopefully she’s got some tips I’m not already using – I’m all for improving my techniques!

The kitchen is one of, if not THE messiest room in your entire house. This is why it is a challenge to keep it clean, since you surely don’t want to serve food that is prepared in a non-sanitized environment.

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