When it comes to organization, there are three types of people: messy, organized, and super organized (like Marie Kondo and all of her disciples).
Regardless of which camp you fall into, we can all learn a thing or two from the super organized — and that’s exactly what we’re going to show you.
We’re sharing some of the best organizational tips we know so you can create an organized apartment that looks good and simplifies your life.
Keep reading to learn the 3 things that super organized people do when organizing an apartment.
1. Purge and Declutter on a Regular Basis
It’s a whole lot easier to organize a handful of things than it is a home with hundreds of items.
If you want to get organized once and for all, you’ll need to purge your belongings and get rid of anything you don’t want, don’t need, or don’t use.
Decluttering your apartment is step #1 in any successful organization project. The less you have to put away, the easier it will be to put things away in an organized manner.
Go through every single drawer, cabinet, and closet. Toss what you don’t need to keep — including the clothing in your closet. If it doesn’t fit, get rid of it. If you never use it or never wear it, get rid of it. If an item doesn’t make you feel good or bring a smile to your face, it’s time to toss it.
Keep only the things that are truly meaningful in your life.
For example, those family heirlooms and pieces of jewelry that your grandmother bequeathed in her will? If you love them, keep them.
But that massive stack of birthday cards that you’ve been collecting over the years? You’ll probably never look at them again, so it’s time to let it go.
2. Start With a Clean Slate
After you’ve made a thorough purge and decluttered your entire apartment, it’s time to start putting things away.
But there’s no point in organizing a drawer or a closet unless you’re starting with a blank slate.
Before you start organizing, take every single item out of every single drawer, cabinet, and closet.
Assess how much room you have to hold the items you need to keep. If your items don’t fit into space you plan to store them in, you’ll need to whittle down your belongings even more.
Trying to house all of your books on one single shelf? Struggling to make it fit because you have enough books to fill two shelves?
It’s time to weed through those books again. Keep only what you have room for and get rid of what won’t fit.
You cannot organize a space that’s already filled with items — that just doesn’t work.
Super organized people start from scratch, and that’s one reason why they’re so successful.
3. Assign a Place for Everything
Every single item you own should have a designated space to hold it.
Organized people assign a place for every item and then keep every item in its place at all times.
One way to do this is to house like items together. Keep all of your stationery in one location, such as in a cabinet in your home office. Store all of your papers in a filing cabinet or a storage bin under your bed. Collect all of your cords, cables, and device chargers in one storage box or small bin.
When things have a proper place, you always know where to find them.
Take organization to the next level by investing in storage containers, such as drawer dividers and clear bins in assorted sizes. Organization tools come in all shapes and sizes, and you can find storage systems for everything from clothing to tools to paper clips.
And if you really want to go the extra mile, you can label those bins. Labels always make it easier to keep things in their designated place!
How to Stay Organized
For some people, getting organized does not come naturally. So once you do organize everything you own, keep up with it.
When it comes to putting things away, don’t procrastinate! When you’re finished using something, put it away immediately — and put it where it belongs.
Don’t let mail and bills and papers pile up on the coffee table because you’d rather watch TV than put them away. Don’t throw clothing on the bed or backs of chairs. Dirty items belong in hampers. Clean items should always be hung on a hanger or folded neatly in a drawer.
If you take the time to organize the right way the first time, you’ll be more inclined to want to keep up with it. And this is what super organized people do — they don’t ever leave things out of place and they never put things where they don’t belong.
Keep up with your system, and you’ll never have to spend another weekend organizing your apartment again!
Organizing may seem like a chore that you’ll never be able to master. But you can do it, and you can do it in a way that would even make Marie Kondo proud.
Purge everything you don’t need and once you do, make it a point to declutter your place on a daily basis. When it comes time to put items away, start with a clean slate by placing items back into empty closets, cabinets, and drawers.
Look for storage bins and other organization tools that will make it easier to keep items in their place at all times. If you want to go a step further, label those containers and bins for easy identification and Pinterest-worthy closet pics.
Assign a place for everything and don’t procrastinate when it’s time to put things away.
Stick to these rules, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming the most organized person you know!
Jennica Stevens is the Business Manager at Meridian. With over three years of
experience in the industry, she begins and ends each day loving what she
does. She finds joy in helping others and makes Meridian a place everyone
loves to call home.