That's what your house is, a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get...more stuff! Sometimes you gotta move, gotta get a bigger house. Why? No room for your stuff anymore. –George Carlin

We have all been there – I don't have room for my stuff! I need more space for my stuff! I need a bigger place…..for my stuff! George Carlin certainly hit the nail on the head with this concept. Yet, when we get more space, we usually fill it, and our storage problems plague us again. We know how difficult it can be to have storage in small spaces, but we are here to help. Making the most of the space you have can vastly improve your apartment experience, and it all comes down to clever organization.

Dear Junk – we can't be friends anymore

The first step is to clear out all unnecessary items. Go through all your drawers – are there any old receipts? Socks with holes? Expired toiletries? These are all great items for tossing, and instant clutter relief. Trust us, it's liberating.

One person's trash is another's treasure

During your liberating tossing fiesta, set aside items in good condition that you're ready to part with for donation. Clothing, shoes, books, old electronics, DVDs/Blu-Ray, etc are all examples of great items to donate to your local charity or consignment shop. Some donation-based organizations even do free pickup and stores such as Staples will recycle your old electronics for free.

Kijiji the rest

Sites such as Kijiji, Craigslist, or even your local buy and sell Facebook pages are excellent resources for getting rid of items you no longer want and getting some cash in your pocket in the process.

Storage tools are your new best friend
Once you've cleared out all the unnecessary clutter out of your apartment, it's time to get some of those organizing tools such as stackable tubs, short containers that fit under the bed, paper dividers, jars, drawer organizers, etc. Remember, only proceed with this step AFTER doing some clearing out, or else they'll end up on top of the pile.

Best practices will bring out the best in your space

  • Don't forget about overhead space – you'll need a stool, but there is great value in overhead space. Utilize those top shelves and built-ins!
  • No more junk drawers – use those drawer dividers to keep every drawer organized and clutter free. Once you have one junk drawer, they seem to multiply.
  • Label all your storage bins and containers so that similar items can be stored in the same place, but still separate from each other.
  • Rotate through seasons – this mostly applies to clothing, but also use this practice for décor.

There you have it! We hope these tips and tricks are helpful in your journey to make your apartment a more livable space. Also check out these extremely helpful blogs (with free printables!) for more great examples and organizing ideas:

http://www.bhg.com/decorating/storage/organization-basics/storage-mistakes-and-how-to-fix-them/#page=1

http://www.cleanmama.net/2015/01/six-things-i-do-every-day-to-keep-the-house-clean.html

http://www.cleanmama.net/2015/01/free-clutterfree30-printable.html

Happy Organizing!

-Northview