Apartment Organization: Tips for Eliminating Clutter

Have you got too much stuff in your apartment than you know what to do with? It might be time to consider methods for getting rid of what you don’t need and organizing what you do. Here are some tools and tricks for elimination and consolidation to make life at home cool, calm and collected.

Remove the clutter

Before you can truly enjoy your apartment, it needs to be free of clutter. Clutter takes on a lot of forms. Clutter is something you have too much of, something you no longer use, or something that makes you feel disorganized. Removing these items will make your apartment feel relaxed and open. Not sure where your clutter is hiding? Junk drawers and hallway closets are a good place to start.

Reduce clutter on a day-to-day basis

After you’ve removed all of your pre-existing clutter, work to make sure it never comes back. Clean the kitchen and bathroom every time you use them. Whenever you move an item, return it back to its rightful spot. The worst thing you can do is let the clutter grow. Try to make cleaning up clutter your daily routine.

Use the shopping bag method
Rolling Cart Shelves

This is a smart rule of thumb, courtesy of the fine folks at Apartment Therapy, especially for those conspicuous consumers among us. For whatever number of new products you bring into your home, discard an equal amount. For example, if you come home with three new shirts, donate or give away three of your old ones. This will ensure you don’t have a collection of clothing or household items you don’t use and that you have enough space for your new additions.

Organize with rolling cart shelves and mirror cabinets

Rolling cart shelves are great organizing units to keep around the apartment for multiple uses. If you don’t have enough storage for Tupperware, shoes, towels, sheets, or practically anything in any room of your apartment, keep them in these convenient and portable shelves.

Need a full length mirror? Take advantage of that used space by getting a mirror cabinet that serves two purposes in one: a mirror and storage. Keep multi-use items in your apartment is a small space hack that will create extra storage while achieving its original function.

Create a location for your day-to-day essentials

Find a bowl, table or corner that is your designated “needs” area. Every day, place your keys, phone and wallet in that same place and you will never misplace them again! At first you will have to remind yourself to put things in your “needs” area, but after long it will be habit.

For another great way to use space wisely and keep your belongings neatly stored to avoid clutter around your apartment, check out our blog on how to best use vertical space!

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Spring Cleaning: Where to Donate Clothes and Household Items

Spring is finally here and that means change and new beginnings, not only with the weather, but in your own apartment, too. Part of making room for the new is getting rid of the old, and one of the best ways to do that is to take inventory of your possessions and evaluate what you want to keep and what your don’t really use anymore that you can pass on to others in need. After you’ve gone through your drawers and closets and sorted your discarded items in a donation section, decide where and how to give them away. Use these places below for ideas.

where to donate clothing

Go through your closet and get rid of what you don’t wear!

Shelters – Community shelters in your area are a great option to donate your clothes and household items. Shelters can always use donations and there will always be people who are in need of clothing and other items.

Online – We live in a digital era where most things are done online. Freecycle, Craigslist and EBay are free and easy online tools to use to give away your old clothes or appliances. You can manage the entire process by listing the items you want to give away for free or sell, and coordinate your own shipping or delivery.

Clothing Swaps – Another great way to pass on your unwanted items to someone who might be happy to take them, plus discover some new treasure of your own, is to participate a clothing swap. A clothing swap is a gathering of people who all contribute clothing that doesn’t fit or that they don’t need anymore, and anyone can take someone else’s clothing if they choose. If you don’t know of anyone having one, host your own and invite family and friends!

Salvation Army – The Salvation Army is always a great option that accepts all types of donations to sell for a discounted price to underprivileged people, or anyone looking for a bargain. Check your area for Salvation Army drop-off locations.

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Spring Cleaning Apartment

Spring is finally here and that means change and new beginnings, not only with the weather, but in your own apartment, too. Part of making room for the new is getting rid of the old, and one of the best ways to do that is to take inventory of your possessions and evaluate what you want to keep and what your don’t really use anymore that you can pass on to others in need. After you’ve gone through your drawers and closets and sorted your discarded items in a donation section, decide where and how to give them away. Use these places below for ideas.

Shelters – Community shelters in your area are a great option to donate your clothes and household items. Shelters can always use donations and there will always be people who are in need of clothing and other items.

Online – We live in a digital era where most things are done online. Freecycle, Craigslist and EBay are free and easy online tools to use to give away your old clothes or appliances. You can manage the entire process by listing the items you want to give away for free or sell, and coordinate your own shipping or delivery.

Clothing Swaps – Another great way to pass on your unwanted items to someone who might be happy to take them, plus discover some new treasure of your own, is to participate a clothing swap. A clothing swap is a gathering of people who all contribute clothing that doesn’t fit or that they don’t need anymore, and anyone can take someone else’s clothing if they choose. If you don’t know of anyone having one, host your own and invite family and friends!

Salvation Army – The Salvation Army is always a great option that accepts all types of donations to sell for a discounted price to underprivileged people, or anyone looking for a bargain. Check your area for Salvation Army drop-off locations.

Looking for a great New Orleans area apartment? Check out what’s available at our Metairie, Kenner and River Ridge locations!

Apartment Tips: Kitchen Organization

A clean apartment starts with a clean kitchen – the place where some of the messiest of messes happen.

It’s important to make sure all surfaces and cracks are clear of food remnants that can attract critters and mold. Spend 10-20 minutes a day doing some light cleaning as needed, and your kitchen will stay clean and comfortable.

When it’s time for a more extensive clean, use the below checklist for a thoroughly cleaned kitchen that will make cooking and maintaining a breeze.

Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

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  • Clean all surfaces including counters, sink, cabinets, refrigerator exterior, floor, stove and any appliances that aren’t stored in cabinets.
  • Clean refrigerator interior: A) dispose of all food that has either expired or has not been used in several months or any empty food containers, and of course any spoiled or rotten produce; B) remove all other refrigerator contents and set on counter or kitchen table; C) wide down all refrigerator shelves, drawers and surfaces with cleaning product; D) return refrigerator items to their correct spot in an organized layout.
  • Clean all other surfaces in the kitchen not used for cooking or food storage, such as the kitchen table by clearing any clutter and wiping down surfaces.

Now that your kitchen is clean, take a good look around and enjoy it. Now you’ll want to organize your pantry to get the very best out of your clean kitchen.

Organize Your Pantry

If your kitchen pantry has no rhyme or reason to it, it can quickly get out of control if you’re not careful. When this happens, food items, spices, paper products and anything else you keep in your kitchen pantry can become disorganized, messy and hard to find. There are simple ways to tidy up the kitchen pantry and keep it neat so you never have to worry about kitchen clutter again.

Pantry Organizers

Start with purchasing  different sized plastic or metal baskets to sort pantry products by use. These containers make for great pantry organizers. Separate pastas, oils, cereal, rice and grains, pet food, tea and coffee, bread and anything else in different bins with labels.

First, remove all items from your pantry and set it on the kitchen counter or table while you wipe down the surfaces. Throw away anything that is old, empty or you’re not going to use. Then start sorting the items in the different baskets or bins, except for canned food. After placing the pantry organizer bins on the kitchen pantry shelf, make a spot for the canned food. It’s useful to not only organize items into bins, but organize the bins that make sense together by shelf.

After organizing, sorting and labeling the goods in your kitchen pantry, it won’t be a hassle or cause you anymore grief, and you’ll be surprised how easy it is to find food you forgot existed. No more thinking you don’t have any groceries in your kitchen when they’re clearly visible right there in front of you!

Enjoy ample kitchen pantry space at 1st Lake’s apartment communities, like the Brewster Commons apartments in Covington, which feature modern, state of the art kitchens with energy efficient appliances and self cleaning ovens!

After you’re all done, get creative and pick a recipe you’ve been wanting to try out. Cooking with a clean canvas is always the best way!

If you’re looking for a more spacious and modern kitchen to cook in and clean, check out the available metro New Orleans apartments from 1st Lake Properties!

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Dust: The Silent Killer

A little dust here and there might not seem like that big of a deal, and some of us admittedly go longer than we should without giving our apartment a good dusting, but a little dust can cause a lot of damage in the long run. Not only can dust be unsightly and cause allergies in humans, but can be very bad for household electronics as well.

Most common associations with the destruction of digital and electronic devices are liquid and over heating, but dust is also among the most harmful. Dust in fact in a lot of cases is the cause of excessive heat, as it can clog filtration in computers, cable boxes, and a number of other devices.

Detailed Dusting Tips

So what can you do about all this dust? Dust unfortunately is a fact a life and is unavoidable, but there are ways to control the situation and prevent dust from building up.

Laptops and desktop computers are maybe the most susceptible machines to accumulating dust. At least once a year, use compressed air to remove dust from the back or side vents and then wipe down the surface with a microfiber cloth. Make sure to dust both the fan and the vent.

Televisions also attract a lot of dust. Many large TVs will have a fan on the back, just like a computer, to keep it from overheating. Check the fan every six months or so for dust and use compressed air to remove any as needed. In addition, routinely wipe down the screen with a cloth to remove surface dust.

Keyboards on computers will become sticky if too much dust or residue accumulates underneath. To prevent that from happening, unplug the keyboard and blow on it routinely. If there is excess dirt and dust to remove, use an air compressor and then finish the job by wiping it down with a paper towel and hand disinfectant.

Looking for a great New Orleans area apartment? Check out the available apartments from 1st Lake Properties!

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