An Apartment State Of Mind
December 30, 2021
By Lea Schneider
Winter can sometimes feel like the season of “too much stuff.”
Maybe it’s because we’re spending more time inside and are making more messes. Maybe it’s because we just finished the holiday season of giving—and getting. Or, maybe it’s just the fact that there’s something about a new year that calls for a fresh start. It’s no wonder one of the top 10 New Year’s resolutions is to get organized
It’s the time of the year to get the car in the garage, the new holiday gifts in the closet and the kitchen counter chaos cleared. As a professional organizer, I know people bring two main complaints to me this time of year. They tell me they have too much stuff and that they don’t have a place for all of it. In truth, it is probably a bit of both, but there are easy steps to take to get your home back under control.
Do You Have Too Much Stuff?
If you can’t really relax because clutter makes the house seem less than peaceful, you are probably suffering from too much stuff. Likewise, if can’t do the things you want to do because of the mess, then you likely have too much stuff.
Before you can actually organize your space, you really must go through your things. Try to follow these easy steps.
Where Do You Put All Your Stuff?
Sometimes we think we need a bigger home when we really just need to make the best use of the space we already have. Once you’ve removed the extra items from your house, you are ready to maximize storage. Look at your storage with fresh eyes and figure out how you can better use that area, then try some of these ideas for getting organized.
Get Creative with Your Closet
Think of adding a small stepstool to permanently live in your closet. This inexpensive addition could give you lots of extra room. It will allow you to go vertical and use areas that were previously hard to reach.
Store in Plain Sight
If you are thinking you don’t have room for your stuff, you might be thinking about closets and dressers. There are other ways to find storage space by making use of walls and doors.
Maximize Cabinet Space
Clear kitchen counter clutter by storing things in cabinets instead of sitting out on the counter. If you think your cabinets are too full, open all the doors at one time and stand back and view them. It is likely you’ll see pockets of vertical space in shelves that are empty. For example, you may see one row of canned goods with a good number of inches of air space above them. Try to maximize cabinet storage with these ideas.
Make the Best of Your Storage
From an apartment with a storeroom to a condo or home with a garage, every place has some kind of storage. No matter how small it is, you can make the most of it. The answer is to go vertical.
With cold weather upon us, getting the car into the garage moves from a wish to a necessity. Too much extra stuff in your garage keeps your car in the driveway and creates a hazard when you’re walking through everything trying to find what you need. Use these ideas to get organized in storerooms and garages.
You may start out the new year thinking you have too much stuff and not enough room for it, but with some decluttering followed by a new storage strategy, you may find everything fits just right after all.
Professional organization expert Lea Schneider provides tips for decluttering the home and better leveraging storage space. Lea writes her tips on homes and family life for The Home Depot. For a variety of storage options, see offerings on the Home Depot website.