Living with limited space can be stressful, doubly so if said space is packed to the brim. Few things frazzle you faster than having nowhere to move, let alone sit back and relax. Luckily, the steps to clearing out clutter are simple, provided you’re willing to put in the time. To restore order, as well as your peace of mind, these are five things you can do to declutter a small space.
Step 1: Pare Down
Sometimes the problem isn’t a lack of space, but an excess of stuff. Before you commit to re-organizing everything, take some time to sift through your belongings. Chances are you’ll come across items you could do without, or kept thinking you might need them later. Rather than letting old papers take up space, shred them. If it’s something useful, but you’re not using it, consider donating it to someone who will. Or put together a garage sale to put some money in your pocket.
Step 2: Get Organized
If you go in without a game plan, you’re gonna regret it. Finding homes for things as you go sounds all well and good, until you run out of places to haphazardly stuff your belongings. Spare yourself the headache by planning ahead. Take some time to determine which items belong in which rooms—appliances in the kitchen, toiletries in the bathroom, and so on—as well as the capacity of said rooms. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll have a far easier time making things neat.
Step 3: Invest In Storage
There’s more to storage than shoving stuff in boxes and setting it aside. That’s not to say bins and baskets don’t go a long way to reducing clutter, of course. They’re far from your only options, though. A simple insert can be the difference between a disorganized cutlery drawer and a neat arrangement of silverware. It’s better to have a knife block or knife rack than leave them lying around. And you’d be surprised how much clutter you can tuck away with a few boxes hidden in drawers or slid beneath your bed.
Step 4: Use the Vertical Space
When you’re working with limited space, it’s better to expand upwards than outwards. Let’s say you’re storing stuff in tubs and boxes; stacking them will prevent them from eating up precious floor space. Despite the name, bookshelves can store a whole lot more than paperbacks. Installing shelves and hooks is a great way to put things on display, or ensure they can be retrieved at a moment’s notice. Don’t be afraid to get creative; the ceiling’s the limit!
Step 5: Maintain Order
Keeping your space tidy isn’t a one-and-done deal; if you get lazy, the mess will creep back in. Take steps to mitigate this. First, be careful about bringing new things into your home. Replacing a broken toaster is one thing; stocking up on wall art is another. Second, clean your space frequently. This will keep things looking prim and proper, and give you the chance to address building clutter. Finally, never be afraid to get rid of things. Even something as simple as giving away a sweater you don’t wear can make a huge difference.
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