Getting a home organized is the goal for many, but life gets busy, and it doesn’t always happen. Other things get priority, such as doing the dishes and putting away the clean laundry. Doing the necessities is essential. Yet, it would be helpful if you made time to organize other things as well.
There are many benefits to having a well-assembled apartment. Having a tidy home can ease stress and make it easy to find things. Plus, it’ll help you downsize your belongings.
So, if straightening things up hasn’t been top of your list, here are nine places to start. Work on organizing these items, and you’ll be on your way to having comfortable and calming living quarters!
1. Pet Supplies
If you have a pet, then you know how easy it is to accumulate supplies. There are items like brushes, harnesses, and shampoo. Plus, don’t forget about your pet’s beds and blankets!
For the smaller items, organize supplies by putting them in a dedicated bin. Or, stashing them in a drawer near the entryway would also work.
Depending on how many items you have, you may want to create a few different storage areas. Keep the harness, leash, and doggy bags near the entryway.
As for other accessories, carve out a spot in the closet for larger items such as blankets and medicine. Keep everything together so you’ll know where to find something when you need it.
Putting all your makeup in a single bag may seem convenient.
But it’ll be a lot easier if you dedicate a drawer in the bathroom to your makeup. That way, you’ll be able to find what you need when you get ready.
You can put items such as lipgloss and cover-up in a makeup bag. But there’s one problem with a makeup bag: it’s hard to keep track of what’s inside! It’s easy for items to poof disappear before you have a chance to use them.
Put them in a drawer, however, and you’ll be much more likely to use your beauty items. Not only that, but you’ll also use them before they expire!
To take it one step further, get a drawer organizer so you can categorize your makeup. For example, all your lip gloss will go in one compartment.
3. Craft Supplies
Do you like to work on art projects once in a while?
If so, good for you! Crafting the day away is a fantastic way to unwind and embrace your creative side.
With this type of hobby, though, you’re bound to have many accessories such as glue and paint. Since it’s easy to accumulate a lot of craft supplies, they need to go somewhere. And it’ll be easier to find what you need if everything has a proper spot!
Craft supplies go well in drawer organizers or containers where supplies like glue won’t spill. Stick the boxes in a closet near the entryway. Or, if there’s space, store the containers under your bed. That way, it’ll be easier to locate everything and pull them out when you’re ready to create something beautiful!
It’s far too easy to collect a ton of tee-shirts. Come on; you know this is true! Before you know it, you don’t even know what to wear anymore because you can’t find anything!
Not only should you organize your shirts, but donate the ones you no longer wear. The tee-shirts you haven’t worn in a few months need to go. Or, if you feel you’ll wear them, hang them in front instead of sticking them in the back. That way, you’ll be more likely to wear them.
If your shirts are in drawers, reorganize them. Perhaps they’re not folded and were just tossed in there. Figure out a system to keep your shirts folded or hung up so you can see everything.
Having your clothing tidy and neat will ensure you wear them. Plus, it’ll help you recognize which tee-shirts you no longer wear.
Some people obsess over organizing their books, while others couldn’t care less.
Even if your books are on a bookshelf, make them look more uniform by organizing them by size or color.
Once you get into the groove, that’ll be a fun project. If you’re a fan of colors, you’ll love seeing a rainbow on your bookshelf!
There may not be enough similar colors to do this. Putting them on the shelf according to size is just as effective. Or, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can always alphabetize them.
6. TV Remotes
TV remotes are both annoying yet essential.
You may not have a lot of remotes. Even so, it’s far too easy for them to end up all over the living room. You have to admit you’ve had an occasion or two where you couldn’t find one.
When you’d like to watch your TV show live — that’s pretty irritating!
To solve this problem, get a caddy that hangs over your sofa. That way, you’ll know where it is at all times. (Assuming you put the remote back where it belongs each time, that is.)
Or, get a remote holder you can store them in. The holder should go on a TV stand or side table by the sofa. Now, make sure your friends and family know the rules so that the remotes go back to where they belong!
7. Cleaning Supplies
Putting all your cleaning supplies in one central location is excellent. Yet, it’s still hard to find what you need.
Organize them according to which area or room you use the cleaning products the most. Then, after you have your grouping, put each group in its own bucket.
Many cleaning supplies are versatile.
You can use the same cleaner in the bathroom and kitchen, for example. So, consider creating a bucket with a few multi-purpose cleaning supplies. That way, you’ll also have a bucket to grab when you’re pressed for time and know the supplies will work in any room.
When you’re in a hurry, it’s easy to throw the mail on the counter in the kitchen. But after a while, it starts to pile up, and it becomes impossible to keep after it.
A few solutions are putting the mail in a file cabinet or basket on the counter. It’s not enough to have a place to store your mail, though. To help keep the mail at bay, create a rule that you have to go through it once a week.
That way, you’ll not only keep your mail organized but prevent it from getting out of control.
9. Canned Goods
Canned goods come in all shapes and sizes, making them difficult to organize. Plus, it’s hard to figure out what you do and don’t have when they’re next to one another. What happens is you end up buying more canned food that you already had in the cabinet!
Invest in some wide racks and put the cans sideways you can see what you have at all times. This technique will also keep the cans organized.
Another idea is to put them in a drawer and use a permanent marker to label each one’s top. When it’s time to cook, you’ll be able to find what you need quickly. See, that was easy peasy!
Keeping everything neat in your apartment isn’t always easy, but with some effort, it’s possible.
If you make time to simplify your storage and take stock of your belongings — that’ll help a lot.
Come up with organizing methods that work for you to maintain a happy and tidy home. You’ll feel a lot better because of it!
Caitlin Sinclair is the Property Manager at Woodland Park with five years of property management experience and many more in Customer Service. She shares her passion for her community and looks forward to making Woodland Park the place to call home.