How to Declutter Your Apartment
Life can get messy and chaotic, but your apartment doesn’t have to be! All too often, we continually acquire things that sit idle and collect dust around the house—taking up precious space in our psyche and our closets. For many, the concept of living a simpler existence with only the bare essentials is refreshingly appealing. But, how to attain this goal, and what to do with all the stuff? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be tackling this subject and offering tips on how to declutter your apartment room-by-room. Of course, the anticipation of purging can feel daunting—which is why so many of us put it off—but wrangling your possessions doesn’t have to be so tricky. To kick things off, we’d like to offer few simple ideas to start you on the road declutter your home.
1. Be realistic. Don’t try to replicate those picture-perfect storage systems that can’t be maintained. Rather, focus on creating a user-friendly system that makes sense for you and your specific space.
2. Start small. If the idea of taking a weekend to organize your apartment sounds scary, try taking five minutes each day and do something easy to declutter your home. Create a designated spot for an object, clean out a drawer, or start a new file for loose papers. Suddenly, that mountain of clutter will begin to melt away.
3. Sort it out. Try locating 10 items in your home to throw away, 10 items to donate, and 10 items that need a proper place in your home—and then do it. Before you know it, you can organize your apartment by sorting through 30 things.
4. Recycle it. If your goal is to get as minimalist as possible, try giving an object (even a book!) away each day to a more appreciative owner. And remember, you can always recycle your used objects online at Yerdle - an excellent and free online marketplace for previously owned goods.
5. Archive it. If you’ve been squirreling away boxes of childhood toys and nostalgic artwork you made in grade school—consider taking a photo of some of these objects and then get rid of them. This method is helpful if you want to remember how a beloved object looked, but you don’t really need to keep the physical piece...