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.

Sort Your Mail Daily

If you want to avoid a pile up of mail you might never read, make a habit of sifting through your mail daily to eliminate what you do not need. If you have a coupon you know you will never use, give it away instead of trashing it. Moreover, going through your mail daily will keep you updated on the daily happenings and prevent you from missing an important bill.

Make Your Bed

If you were trained to make your bed as a child, keep it up. Making your bed in the morning is one of the best ways to keep your apartment looking tidy and organized – especially if your bed is located in or in close proximity to your living area! 

Avoid Knickknacks

Knickknacks usually collect most of the dust in the home. Other than dust, these tiny decorative pieces can clutter up an apartment in a hurry. If you cannot avoid them completely, make sure you only buy a few. Keep the knickknacks in one area or room to avoid creating a mess.

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File Your Paperwork

Having too much paperwork will definitely make things look unorganized and untidy. If you want to conquer your pile of papers, start limiting what comes into your home. For example, you can opt out of receiving paper bills and choose online payments. For the papers you already have, store them in paper organizers such as binders or accordion files. 

Use the Un-used Spaces

Do you have space on the walls of the inside of your closets? Add some hooks or extra shelving units for more storage. Is there a gap between the tops of your kitchen cabinets and your ceiling? Purchase some attractive storage boxes and make use of that space! Do you have a patio? Use an outdoor “locker” that you can store items in and lock them up!

What’s YOUR best apartment-life organizational tip?

Due to the amount of comments from all of my wonderful readers, it is not always possible for me to respond to each one. However, I absolutely do read them all, and if you’d like to address something specific, or have a question for me, please don’t hesitate to email me at I will respond to your email as soon as possible! Thank you for visiting the blog!

16 thoughts on “Tips For Organizing Your Apartment

  1. I keep trying to live by these tips and it’s a constant struggle :-). As we speak, my laundry sits atop my suitcase that l have yet to put away. I definitely don’t like leaving dishes overnight though.

  2. I think taking advantage of storage bins, and staying on top of the laundry are two of the biggest things I did when I was in an apartment. I own a house now, and it isn’t the biggest house – we’re always purging things to feel like we have more space and are organized.

  3. We live in a 2 bedroom condo so I totally get how it’s harder to organize in a smaller space! We just make sure to keep everything neat and tidy. It’s so easy for clutter to accumulate.

  4. This is such a great list. Leaving dishes overnight makes me insane. Our apartment is so small that one thing out of place makes it look messy!

  5. These are all great tips, Kristen. Doing dishes at night is really a great practice and I really push myself to follow it. And, now that I have a baby it is really getting hard to organize the toys in our apartment living area. I was using a basket but feels like it is not fitting for the big toys, so I am planning to DIY a storage ottoman for that.

  6. Sometimes I think having less space is a blessing. It forces you to take control earlier than in a big house. By the time the clutter has taken over in big spaces it is REALLY out of control! #HomeMattersParty

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