Keeping clean and organized is a secret key to health and happiness. It may seem counterintuitive – doing chores to feel happier. But it’s true. One study at Indiana University found that people with clean homes were happier than people with messy homes. A separate study found that being surrounded by clutter actually made it harder for people to focus on a particular task.
This is why home organization is key. Below, we’ve provided some tips on how to avoid the clutter and keep your apartment looking neat.
Part With Your Belongings
On this quest for home organization, clutter is your enemy. It doesn’t matter how neatly you arrange everything if you simply have too much stuff. Compulsive hoarding affects around one million people in the U.S., and trust us, you don’t want to be one of them.
So do some spring cleaning. Go through your belongings, and see what you can part with. Chances are, you’ll find things you haven’t even thought about in years. You can give it all away, toss it, or sell it. Your home will look more organized immediately.
Use Height To Your Advantage
Now that you’ve gotten rid of some of your stuff, you can begin storing it. In doing this, you’ll want to keep as much of your stuff off the floor as possible to make your apartment feel more spacious.
So we suggest investing in some shelving units to place on the walls around the apartment or utilizing the existing space in your apartment you haven’t thought to use. For example, the space above kitchen cabinets is typically underutilized for storage in most people’s apartments.
Door Space Is More Space
On top of using height, the backs of your doors can be incredible space-savers when used correctly. For example, you can add towel racks to your bathroom doors and command hooks to your closet doors to hang coats or shoe racks.
This tip is also great to keep in mind for your pantry. Adding a rack to the door of your pantry closet can potentially double your space and all the sweet treats it can hold!
Create Designated Spaces For Your Kitchen Equipment
The insides of kitchen cabinets are often a major hindrance to home organization. Most of the time, people just toss all their stuff in there with no regard for the actual neatness of the space.
One cabinet is a mess of cups haphazardly stacked on top of each other. Another is a precarious tower of pots and pans. The cabinet under the sink is often a pile of cleaning supplies with redundant products.
It doesn’t have to be this way. To remedy this problem, remove everything inside your cabinets and start anew. Place things not just according to type, but shape and height as well. Cabinets can be difficult to store kitchen appliances in, but a little thoughtful rearranging can go a long way.
Conquer Your Home Organization
Decluttering your apartment can be a daunting task, but hopefully, with these tips, it won’t be. If you liked this article, check out how to further maximize the storage in your living space.