Do you have a habit of purchasing all the cute, little knick-knacks you run across? If you can’t help but take those small (and big) items every chance you get, the odds are that you’ve probably built up quite a bit of clutter at home.
Apartment living can be a beautiful experience. For instance, if you rent at Santa Anna Apartment Homes, you have access to a resort-style pool, an on-site gym, a clubhouse and entertainment zone, and much, much more. But a messy apartment can add to your stress and frustration.
After a long day of work, the last thing you want to do is come home to a whirlwind of a living space. That’s why decluttering your apartment is important in keeping a relaxing and soothing environment. While decluttering your apartment may seem like an insurmountable task, the truth is that there are quite a few steps you can take slowly (but surely) to ensure you get the job done.
Consider the following tips to find the space and tranquility you’ve been looking for:
- Small steps each day. Your first impulse may be to try and get everything done in one day. Don’t! Instead of trying to set aside an entire day to organize, try find 10–15 minutes at time to focus on small spaces or projects. If you really want to dig into decluttering, then aim for 2 or 3 hours, anything more will burn you out and make you less efficient. Doing a little bit at a time will help to keep you motivated!
- Get rid of it. Collecting things and not being willing to get rid of them is pretty much the reason we get to this point. It’s important to recognize what you really use and what things you are keeping just for the sake of keeping. Papers piling up? Shred them. Old items you don’t use but still have value? Give them away to a charity like Goodwill. Unused furniture just taking up space? Give them to a friend in need. Challenge yourself to give away the things you truly do not need or use and be surprised by how much space you’ll find.
- Get it done—completely. Often times, we’ll do a great job of sorting out items and bagging them to get rid of. Except when it comes to actually dropping off those bags, we might tend to keep them for longer than we’re supposed to. If you’ve spent a couple of hours putting together items to donate, don’t leave the task undone. Do the “delivery” at that moment. Actually finishing the process is going to make a real difference.
- Keep, donate, recycle, or throw away. Getting into the groove of decluttering means taking stock of what you have. Again, you don’t have to worry about getting everything done in one day, but take an hour or so on Saturday to look underneath kitchen sink and sort through all those cleaning supplies. Empty? Throw it away or recycle? Need a spray bottle for your cleaner? Reuse. The idea is to separate items into their various categories and then take the necessary steps to keep, donate, recycle, etc.
- You don’t make space by buying more things. You might be tempted to go out and buy some beautiful storage containers for all that junk you have. That’s not a good idea. Buying a bunch of containers without a clear understanding of what you need them for is just going to end up causing you to have a bunch of empty containers cluttering up your home again. Clean out first, and then consider how many you actually need, and start from there.
- Time for round two. If you’ve already done a round of keeping, throwing away, donating, etc., then the next step is going to be a second round of eliminations. This one can be a bit more challenging for those of us unwilling to separate with sentimental items. But as much it pains us, we have to be honest with the “value” of these items. Consider their purpose, if you actually use them, and whether or not they truly hold any sentimental value anymore. Let go of those things that don’t bring you any joy—like a report card from second grade—and free up some storage space by getting rid of these items (but it’s okay to keep a prized item or two).
- Put it where it belongs. For items that you are going to keep, make sure to place them where they belong. For instance, have a spot for your bills or car keys and continually use that exact space. This is going to look different for everyone else, but it’s going to help you maintain a sense of organization. For instance, you don’t want all of your paperwork spread throughout your house, and having a specific place for all your items will keep things clean and make it easier for you to locate.
- Realistic goals. You’ve probably seen immaculately organized rooms in magazines or watched a few minutes of those tv shows where a professional organizer comes in a makes a house look absolutely perfect. If you haven’t guessed by now, those images are created by behind-the-scenes- crews to look breath taking…but they aren’t real. If that level of organization looks unbelievable, it’s because it isn’t a real world apartment. Your goal should be go get things clean, organized, and functional for your needs—don’t worry about making things perfect (it won’t happen).
- Keep the ball rolling. After you’ve completed the decluttering of your apartment, you’ll want to maintain that level of neatness. You can do so by always keeping an eye out for items that are out of place. When moving from room to room, try to spot items that need to be moved and take them with you. Eventually this will become second nature and you won’t have to worry about spending so much time cleaning up so much because you’ll be doing it little by little.
- Don’t turn back to your old ways. If you got this far in decluttering your apartment, the last thing you’ll want to do is to bring in a bunch of brand new stuff. To avoid “re-cluttering” live by the one in, one out rule. When you bring home something new, get rid of something you already have. This will make you more conscious of your purchases and whether or not you really need them.
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