Clutter can negatively impact the overall feel of your home. For example, it can make you feel more anxious, stressed, and restless. It doesn’t help when the space is already compact.
Finding space for clutter can be overwhelming, especially if you live in a small apartment. If you’re dwelling on a seemingly impossible mission, keep reading to learn how to declutter a small apartment easily and efficiently.
Take it One Step at a Time
When tackling your clutter, figuring out how to get started is the ultimate challenge.
Choose one room to start in. Some like to start with the most challenging room to get it over, while others like to start with more straightforward projects to gain motivation. As long as you start somewhere, it doesn’t matter where.
Once you choose the room, select one specific project in that room and start with it. Keeping your focus on individual projects rather than the entire job will help. It will also help the whole job flow more smoothly.
Decide What Can Go
A thorough cleanout is a great starting place when you need to clear clutter. Getting the unnecessary clutter out of the way first will save time, energy, and space.
If you’re unsure about whether you should keep or discard an item, keep these questions in mind:
- Does it have sentimental value?
- How long ago was the last time it was used?
- Is it broken/damaged?
Things with sentimental value are worth finding space for, even if unused. However, when you have limited space for storage, you don’t want
Many people sell their unwanted items while cleaning out. If getting paid to declutter your own apartment sounds appealing, this step is also a great way to make some extra money. If you’re throwing out items others could use, try selling them rather than trashing them.
Hide Your Clutter in Plain Sight
Some clutter requires less work than you’d think. Here is a list of ways you can hide your clutter (without actually hiding it):
- Cover it Up: If you have a busy bookshelf or open cabinet, hang curtains over them, and the clutter magically disappears.
- Make it Decorative: Take the clutter you fell in love with because of its visual appeal and use it as a decorative element. Display your collection neatly on shelves. If you have things like plates or photos, make a collage on your wall.
- Use Hideaway Storage: Hideaway storage pieces are false objects made to disguise clutter. These Decorative Vintage Books are boxes that appear to be a set of books. They hide small clutter while adding a decorative element.
- Add Baskets: Find baskets that match your decorative style for organizing your random clutter. With the immense choice of size and shape, you can find baskets for any sized items cluttering the room.
- Hang it Up: You likely have clutter that could be hung on the wall, underneath cabinets, etc. To save cabinet space in your kitchen, choose your favorite coffee mugs to hang from hooks underneath the cabinet. Another option is adding a pegboard to the wall for hanging pots, pans, or other miscellaneous items.
- Use Furniture with Built-in Storage: In a small apartment, furniture takes up much of your already limited space. If you lack places to store your clutter, consider a new couch, coffee table, or bed you can use to hide clutter.
Hopefully this will help you hide your clutter!
Extend Your Existing Space
You may think you’ve exhausted every space in your home to hide your clutter. However, there are several ways of making that space work better.
A simple way to do this is to condense similar items into one. For example, if you have several bags, purses, or totes scattered in your closet, consider using the largest to store the rest.
Add Additional Storage
If you still don’t have enough storage space, endless storage options are made specifically for small spaces. If you need some ideas, here’s a short list to get you started:
- Over-The-Sink Drying Racks: Clear counter space by drying dishes over the sink rather than on the countertop. Some also have space for storing supplies such as soap and sponges.
- Magnetic Spice Racks: Free cabinet space by storing spices on the side of the fridge with a magnetic spice rack.
- Shelf Risers: Store more in your cabinets by adding storage tools to create more space.
- Corner Shelves: Add shelving to your corners to store clutter without taking as much space.
- Hooks: Place hooks on door backs, inside cabinet doors, and along the wall. Use them to hang keys, scarves, kitchen utensils, and other items.
This is functional and a good way to hide a mess!
Enjoy Your Decluttered Apartment
Decluttering doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Remember to keep a positive mindset, keeping the result in mind. Implementing this system and your creativity will have you enjoying the feel of a clutter-free apartment in no time.