I live in a two bedroom apartment with my loved one, and I am constantly trying to reduce clutter in my home. I am not one to keep items or trinkets, but my other half is a collector of nerdy items, clothing and media. When he moved in I panicked at how much stuff was in our small living area. Thankfully I have negotiated myself through the clutter and into a more open and clean home.
Reduce Unnecessary Items
The moment he moved in, I went through my belongings to make space for all of his stuff. Any clothing item I hadn’t worn in it’s appropriate season was either thrown out or donated, I went through my cosmetics ( I had an entire cabinet full) and reduced it into a one square foot space.
In order to do this, I took everything out of the closet and only put back items I wear and that fit. I removed everything from my very full bookshelves and put a lot of the infrequently read manuals and books into a box in the closet. In the bathroom I added boxes to organize under our small sink for stackable storage of our toiletries.
Make More Space
In apartments you can’t do renovations, but you can get more book shelves and rubbermaid containers.
We bought three new bookcases when Ryan moved in, as well as desks that took up considerably less space than my previous desk. We shifted around a lot of books to create a balance that allowed us to show a lot of sculptures, pop funkos’ and his manga collection.
We organized the kitchen to have defined regions for different foods, tools and cook ware to maximize the little space we have. We also switched to keeping our baking supplies in stackable jars rather than trying to squish all the bags together in the small cabinet.
In our bedroom we upgraded to a larger dresser and started moving seasonal clothing into storage in it’s off season. Rubbermaid containers in the office closet hold all our shorts, my summer dresses, our summer footwear and sunny accessories.
I stand proud at 5’7″, which unfortunately is about a foot too short to reach the top shelf of any cabinet in our home. Thankfully Ryan is taller than me, so any items that he uses that I don’t are stored at heights I can’t reach. This also goes for items infrequently used. (When he’s not around I have to stand on chairs to get things, but that minor inconvenience is much better than constantly having things coming crashing down on me.)
Purchasing or building bookcases and cabinets that reach to the ceiling instead of to the 7 foot mark really do increase your storage space without losing any aesthetic in your home.
It’s interesting how much more room you have in your dresser when you roll your pants instead of folding them and you own stackable pot sets instead of a mismatched set.
Rolling up clothing items takes less space than a simple fold. Double stacking books on bookcases. Stacking your Tupperware, pots, plates, bowls all saves space.
Using wire hangers instead of large wooden ones increases space in your closet. Use your luggage to store out of season items. Vacuum seal extra blankets. Make your space more efficient!
Do you really need another candle? Is it necessary to have a new toque to shove in your closet? Reduce what you buy to what you need and you will find clutter won’t collect in your home. As tempting as it can be to buy cute decorations for each season, it simply builds up a collection of stuff that has little to no value in your life.
Well that’s all for this list. Please leave any tips you have about keeping your home clean and tidy down below!