Call it nesting, call it frustration with having too much stuff in a smallish apartment–call it whatever you want–I need to get organized!
Being organized actually can go hand-in-hand with being frugal, in a way. If you know what you already have on hand and can easily get to it, you won’t be inclined to buy a duplicate item, for example. I know I’d be way better off to have less stuff around here. It can be overwhelming to look at, at times.
Here are some main areas in our apartment that I really want to get organized.
I’m not so skilled in this area, so any advice on how to tackle it or where to get organization supplies would be really appreciated!
The first step, obviously, is to get rid of everything we no longer need. Kinda overwhelming, but it’ll be a good thing. And maybe, I can sell some things and make a little bit of money out of it.
Second, I really need some storage containers/organization units.
Our bedroom closet is a small walk-in, and it’s overflowing with clothes. We’ll be much better off if we add some sort of additional shelving or some kind of system to it.
In our guest room/office/future Baby’s room, we have an average-sized closet that has bi-fold doors (I think that’s what they’re called). There’s a top shelf, and that’s it. Right now, I have Christmas things, some clothes, a 10-gallon aquarium (not in use), and junk that I probably don’t need.
I’d like to clean that out, get rid of stuff and make it a useful storage space.
Next, we have a hall linen closet. It’s actually in pretty good shape. I store our vacuum, towels, blankets, sheets, and my box of extra toiletries in it.
Our front room closet is used for coats, Shane’s shoes, and all of my kitchen wares that don’t fit in my kitchen cabinets (food steamer, crockpot, picnic basket, choppers, etc.). It kind of works, but we’d be better off with some shelves or something in there.
Next, we have a storage area under our hot water tank/furnace unit. It’s maybe three feet high by six feet long and maybe two or three feet deep. I’d like to organize our tools and similar gadgets, and maybe store our luggage there. It’s definitely an under-utilized space right now.
Last, we have a storage locker in our apartment building’s basement. It’s only secured by a padlock, so I’m reluctant to put anything of value in it. Right now, we have cardboard boxes and a fan in there.
So, there you have it! Our closet situation and what it needs. Do you have advice for tackling these projects? Any organization sites that you’ve found helpful? Stores that offer good products at a good price? Help!
If you’d be interested in my progress, maybe I’ll post some before-and-after pictures, and details on what I did.