Thursday, April 5, 2012

Decluttering a Small Space

Apartments Now San Antonio CardDecluttering a small space can seem overwhelming.  However, if you don't keep the mess to a minimum, you can feel like your clutter is going to crush you!  Apartment Therapy.com comes to the rescue with tips on how to manage the mess even if your apartment is a bit on the diminutive side.

Make sure you have the proper storage containers for what you need to keep.  Rather than say, "there isn't room in my apartment for a filing cabinet (or bookshelves, or a desk)", acknowledge that you have stuff you need to keep and make sure you have the proper receptacles for it.  Put your furniture to work as storage.  Use an ottoman with a lid to store blankets, put drawers or storage boxes under your bed and get a bedside table with drawers or shelves so you can put everything you need at the night within arm's reach.  Also, in a smaller space, you need to go vertical with your storage.  Put shelves above your desk or on the wall in your living room to put books or papers (in storage boxes, of course!)

Finally, the last two tips may be the most important:  do a little sorting each day and don't be afraid to get rid of things.  You may think you don't have time to declutter, but if you break it into bite-sized chunks by doing things like, say, spending 15 minutes each day cleaning out one drawer or going through your closet, you'll have your whole abode organized in no time.  When you do go through stuff, be honest with yourself.  When was the last time you used it?  Do you really need to keep this?  If you answered, "I can't remember" or "I can't think of a reason why", then toss or donate it.  You'll feel a lot calmer without all those extra possessions weighing you down!