7 Organization Hacks for a Great Apartment
Some apartments start out drab, but they don’t have to stay that way. Using clever storage, a few classy and unique decorations, and doing your best to minimize the clutter can take your apartment in D.C. from boring to bold.
1. Part with what you don’t need or use.
Too much stuff can be the difference between a sleek space and a cluttered mess. Take a look at your non-essential items and part with anything that has outlived its use.
This is an ongoing process, and undertaking it regularly ensures your apartment stays chaos-free.
2. Use hidden storage and dual-purpose items.
Hidden storage is an excellent option for extra throw pillows and blankets, books, that old collection of DVDs and anything else you don’t use regularly. Purchase furniture with under-cushion storage and ottomans with removable lids to hide away excess.
3. Stick to a color palate.
When it comes to decorating a fabulous D.C. apartment, choosing an overall color theme is a must.
Mixing too many patterns and shades can create a jumbled appearance, but a unifying color will keep things sleek and modern.
White or neutral walls make for an excellent backdrop for any style choice, ensuring the color schemes and patterns work well throughout your space.
4. Decorate your home workspace.
Whether it is a home office, desk nook or favorite reading spot, dressing up your workspace will inspire you.
Purchase trays to sort mail and bills, keep magazines in a magazine rack, use a favorite mug or pencil cup to hold your writing utensils, employ drawer dividers to keep your office items neat and tidy, and add touches of gold or other metallic colors for an added stylish touch.
5. Turn your walls into storage.
Every apartment has walls, but not every resident remembers to use them for both décor and storage.
In addition to displaying decorative items, use your closet or bedroom walls to hang jewelry, belts, scarves, ties and more from wall pegs, and hats in rows on coat hooks. This creates an easy-to-find display for your much-used items and doubles as a fun focal point.
6. Use baskets for under-bed storage and clutter reduction.
Available in a variety of sizes, designs, colors and styles, baskets represent a stylish way to eliminate excess clutter.
Find some that fit under your bed and match your design style, then fill them with purses, bags, travel items, books, accessories, games, toys, movies, tech, mementos and whatever else you need to clear from common view.
7. Make time to clean.
The best way to make sure your apartment stays fabulous?
Schedule a time once or twice a week to dust your surfaces, sweep or vacuum your floors, put away piles or clutter, wipe down your bathroom and kitchen, organize your office and put away your clothes. After all, a clean and organized apartment is a fabulous apartment.
Article by Gary Wilkinson