Apartment Living

Conquer that Clutter

rebecca - Friday, August 4, 2017

We all know what “clutter” is. Though there is no one object that makes up clutter, there are many forms of it—newspapers, old clothing, shoes, pictures, books—anything in your house that just kind of sits there collecting dust. You may be ignoring the pile of junk mail on your desk, holding onto that dress from six years ago “just in case,” but no matter what the reasoning, there are simple steps to de-cluttering your apartment space, which will help you feel refreshed and ready to host that next party!

We’ve compiled some tips from different websites (and experts!) to give you varying approaches in taking care of all that…stuff. Everyone has clutter, and most of us want to get rid of it, or at least make it look like we did. Below, you’ll find lists of how to completely rid your apartment of clutter and how to better organize your space so you can find more room for yourself (or more stuff, we don’t judge).

From HGTV:

A great way to clean out closet space is to donate anything you haven’t worn in the past six months. While this can pose as a challenge (again, some of us “save” things “just in case”), it doesn’t have to be bittersweet! In fact, it can feel refreshing. You’ll have more room for clothes you do wear, and your closet will look a whole lot bigger. In fact, you probably won’t even notice that t-shirt from last year’s marathon is missing.

Something that we tend to forget about is expired makeup. Most products have a shelf life, which is located on the packaging, and is usually no longer than six or twelve months. If you just keep piling makeup into your makeup bag, you might want to look inside and check those expiration dates. Your skin will thank you, and your bathroom sink won’t be covered in piles of old products, making your bathroom look much cleaner!

We all tend to forget about food products that we’ve bought, whether it sits in the back of the fridge in a container, or generates freezer burn over the course of a few months. Take the time to tidy up your fridge—throw away anything that looks moldy, unappetizing, or just plain mysterious. The same thing goes for products in the freezer; toss the microwavable dinners that you forgot about, and when buying new food, date each one so you can remember exactly when you bought it and therefore how old it is. This will open space in your fridge and save you from buying food you don’t need! The same thing goes for expired food in your pantry. Or, if you have any canned goods that aren’t expired, but you don’t necessarily want, why not donate them?

From I Dream of Clean:

This website is catered toward the emotional side of letting things go, which is also a huge step in going clutter-free (or at least clutter-reduced). If you don’t want to completely rid your closet of everything you haven’t worn in the past sixth months, try the one-in, one-out method. When you buy something new, take that as an opportunity to get rid of something old. That way, you aren’t adding to your closet, but instead replacing old garments with ones you’ll get use out of.

It’s recommended that you don’t keep something just because it’s sentimental. You can take a picture of it, or maybe make something useful (like a pillow out of the fabric), and that way it either takes up less space, or is repurposed.

From Becoming Minimalist:

The steps to cleaning up clutter don’t have to feel personal. Those rubber bands and extra take-out sauces in your kitchen drawer have probably just been forgotten, and all that drawer requires is a little time and dedication to have the space looking tidy again.

An important step in the process is forming habits—clean up after you cook, don’t leave dishes waiting for the next morning, put things back where they belong after using them, and finish tasks once you’ve started them. This way, the space will remain tidy, and you’ll know to keep it tidy once you form these habits.

Cleaning up clutter is a battle, and often not the most fun activity, but after tidying up, you feel so much better. Everyone has clutter, whether it’s visible or not, and you can follow the steps above to help de-clutter your life. You’ll feel a lot better, and your apartment will thank you. We’d love to see if these tips worked for you, so send us your before-and-after pictures of the clean-up! Share with us on Instagram @farosresidential with the hashtag #conquerthatclutter, and check-in with us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CityViewPgh, www.facebook.com/ParkViewPgh, or www.facebook.com/CarsonStreetApts.