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In just about every major city, studio apartments and one-bedroom apartments are popular among single adults. If you’re in the market for a small apartment or have recently moved into one, you’ll see that many studio apartments look crowded and cluttered.
Clutter can be a challenge for just about everyone but the problem of controlling clutter is even more difficult for people living in small apartments. The following are a few quick tips to help organize and de-clutter your small apartment.
Purge the Room
This first point is a somewhat obvious one but still deserves to be mentioned. Arguably, the most essential step in creating a clutter-free living environment merely is to own less stuff.
If you’re just now moving in and are already feeling overwhelmed, start by making an area for the items that are the most important to you. Break the rest of your belongings up into different categories and try to determine what you actually need for your new home.
If you aren’t sure if you want to keep something, try to think of the last time you used that item before you started the moving process. If you haven’t touched it in years, you probably don’t need to keep it. This process can be painful for some people, but it is critical for keeping a small apartment clutter free.
Use Wall Space Effectively
Wall-hung organizers and shelving units can go a long way in clearing up clutter. If you have something that can be stored on a table or in a drawer, you can probably hang it on the wall without too much effort. Not only is this a creative way to display your possessions, but it clears up valuable storage area for larger items.
Make Sure Everything Has A Place
If you live in a small home, it is critical to have discipline when it comes to having a place for everything. If you don’t have a plan for where something will go, it will end up in the middle of your living room. Small spaces get crowded very, very quickly. If you don’t have an area set aside for everything, it will be effortless to start a new clutter-pile accidentally.
If your apartment doesn’t have much open storage spaces, look into furniture that has storage built in, or use creative ways to disguise clutter alongside your furniture. Under-bed storage is a popular option for smaller apartments. It gives you the ability to hide a significant amount of items out of sight and out of mind.
With a small apartment and a set schedule, it is easy to keep the space clean. Create a checklist of chores that should be done daily, weekly, and monthly. Reward yourself for sticking to the schedule and make it fun.
If you want to take this to the next level, invest in modern home technology that will help you clean. Autonomous robot vacuums, like the Roomba or other cheaper alternatives, take up less space than a traditional vacuum and will do a lot of the cleaning for you. They require only a small amount of maintenance and can be set to run on a weekly schedule to keep your floors clean without you having to worry about it.
Stop Clutter Before It Starts
One popular strategy for keeping clutter out of your apartment is to minimize the number of items that actually make their way into your apartment. The best way to do this is to create a clutter “landing strip.” This area is at the entry of your home and helps cut down on the number of miscellaneous things that make their way inside.
First, have a doormat. This will be the area where you clean and remove your shoes. If your shoes stay at the door, they don’t end up in the middle of your living area.
Next, embrace coat hangers. You can hang them on the walls, or if you have a closet near your entryway, you can utilize this in the same way. Never take your coat all the way inside. Leave it at the door, so it doesn’t end up draped across your couch. After that, add a side table and trash can. You can put your keys and wallet on the side table, and immediately throw out any trash in your pockets from the day. This will drastically cut down on the number of small knickknacks taking up space in your home.
With these tips and a little bit of discipline, you’re well on your way to creating a beautiful, clutter-free small apartment that’ll be the envy of the neighborhood.
Julie Adams is an Orlando, FL native with a passion for writing. At 20 years old she dropped out of Business Finance school to pursue a career opportunity in online marketing and content development. Since then, she has branched off, creating her own online businesses through writing and promoting content on her blogs.