Organizing Tips For A Small Home

Organizing Tips For A Small HomeMaximizing space is something I’m pretty passionate about especially because I live in an apartment and space is limited. My need to organize started when I didn’t have space in my closet. Naturally, Youtube came to my rescue and one of my favorite Youtubers, Allison Anderson, uploaded a video called, “How to Declutter and Downsize Your Closet.” Ever since I watched that video, I immediately took her tips and put them to good use not only for my closet, but also for my home.

  1. Start with organizing/decluttering one space at a time. The decluttering process is something that can get overwhelming; that’s why it’s essential to start with one room at a time. Decluttering is supposed to be a cathartic process, so if you can’t tackle all the rooms in your house in one day, start with one room per week or month. Make it a fun project.
  2. Emotionally detach yourself from items. This was a big one for me, and for the most part, for everyone. The reason why most of us keep everything is because we associate items with memories. NEWFLASH: that’s what pictures are for! That dress with the ruffles you wore to your sweet sixteen belongs in a picture album and nowhere else. I know it’s hard letting things go, but they are just that, things. The more you keep everything, the more your house is going to start looking like an episode of Hoarders.
  3. Be realistic and be honest with yourself. This tip goes hand in hand with tip number two. That shirt that you haven’t even looked at for the past three months, or probably even more, is most likely never going to be touched again; therefore, LET IT GO! That foundation that started to have a funky smell a year ago and expired two years ago, let it go!
  4. Separate items into categories. For example, when clearing out your closet, separate your clothes into the following four categories: throw away pile, donate pile, sell pile and the keep pile. Clothes with holes and stains should definitely be thrown out. If items are in great condition, gift them to your friends and family or donate them. If you’re looking to add some mula to your bank account, sell them on Poshmark. For those that sign up for the first time and use my code “PJABY,” will get $10 when they download the app. Only keep items that you use regularly. Clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. that haven’t been worn for more than three months should be thrown out, sold, or donated. Tip: Ask yourself if would buy that shirt or item again. Also ask yourself if that item fits the style that you’re going for. If the answer is no, then get rid of it.
  5. Buy containers and organizers to keep items neatly placed. After the daunting task of purging and you’re left with the items you want to keep, put them in storage boxes, acrylic organizers or baskets. Bed Bath & Beyond, Amazon and Ikea have a great selection of storage organizers.

Organizing Tips

Many say that the book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo, has inspired them to completely declutter their house. So if you’re interested in getting advice from a Japanese cleaning consultant, buy the book. I personally haven’t read it, much to my surprise, but it’s a best seller for a reason.

Once you’re done decluttering, you’ll notice how airy and bigger your home will look. In the end, purging is all to achieve a clean, organized and zen home. We all want to feel relaxed when we come home from a long day of work. Clearing clutter is essential for both your physical and mental health. In the long run, it will encourage you to be more organized in other aspects of life. And what’s better than having a darn, good-looking home? 🙂

xo,

Janice

P.S. Share any decluttering tips with us below!

 

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