Organizing Your Apartments Junk Drawer

We all have one – that little, or maybe big, spot in our apartment used for miscellaneous items, otherwise known as junk. Whether it’s a drawer, a closet, or even a room, it doesn’t have to be junky. It may be the designated place for things that don’t belong anywhere else, but it can still be organized.

This space allotted for random household items, if left unkempt for too long, can quickly become a big mess. If that’s the case, step one is to completely empty the contents and start fresh. Throw out anything that is trash, broken, or that you simply don’t have a need for anymore.

Once you’re left with what you want to keep, it’s time to start organizing. Most things end up in a junk drawer because they don’t make sense anywhere else in the apartment. Take those things and sort them according to function. Are they tools? Office supplies? Personal items like matches, magnets, chalk, pens, etc? Insert or install dividers into the drawer or closet and place the groups of items into the individual sections. That way you’ll be able to find what you need quicker instead of searching through a bunch of clutter for that one little piece.

Take these steps to turn your junk drawer into a tidy one for all those knickknacks that you might start using more once they’re organized, clearly visible and easier to find!

1st Lake’s apartments communities in Mandeville, River Ridge and Slidell Louisiana have plenty of cabinets and large closets that make organizing extraneous gadgets that much easier.

 

Apartment Living Trash Disposal

Apartment living offers convenience and flexibility, as well as close proximity to many exciting businesses and hangouts. However, sometimes making the transition to having limited kitchen or bathroom space can be tough for first time apartment residents. While many take this in stride, it can be a bit daunting for those who tend to create a lot of trash. Whether it’s because you’re a social person who likes to have gatherings, or because you live with others who might be a bit messy, dealing with trash effectively in a limited space is key to keeping a nice apartment home!

Bathroom Trash

While generally speaking, bathroom trash tends to be small and manageable, making sure your trash can is the right size and in the right place can be integral to making sure your bathroom remains pleasant. If you have too large a can or place your trash bin in an awkward place, it can not only be unsightly, but hazardous when moving around in what tends to be a small room.

Your best option is most likely to buy a small, compact trash can and place it out of view. Depending on the logistics of your bathroom, between the toilet and tub or between the toilet and counter generally works best. Out of sight but easily accessible is the best way to keep your bathroom trash.

Kitchen Trash

The area that tends to accumulate the most trash is in the kitchen. Kitchen layouts vary from apartment to apartment, but if you’re the type of person who likes to host get-togethers at your apartment or who tends to cook a lot, trash can accumulate quickly no matter what size your kitchen is! It’s important to make sure this area remains clear of trash and looks aesthetically pleasing. Not only will this look great when you have guests, but it ensures that you have a clear path around the kitchen when you’re busy trying to cook up something special! The last thing anyone wants is a smelly and cluttered kitchen area, so be sure to explore your options when deciding what to do with your kitchen waste.

Try to hide it!

Sometimes the most effective way to make sure trash is out of the way is to conceal it completely from view. The best option for concealing trash is to convert cabinet space under the sink into your personal trash and recycling center. This space is traditionally one of the widest cabinets in the kitchen, which makes it much easier for you to place a trash bin within it. As long as you don’t keep a great deal of cleaning supplies or other miscellaneous items under your sink, you should have ample room for both your waste bin and any other items you may choose to store in that cabinet. The main issue with this system is being aware of when your trash needs to be taken out. Some people who opt for a concealed trash bin forget to check it as often as they should, leading to over-filled garbage cans and smelly kitchens. If you’re going to put your trash underneath the sink, remember to check it often!

Mounted Cans

If you want to try something a little different, a door-mounted kitchen trash system keeps the trash out of sight and out of the way of foot traffic. A sturdy wire rack hangs on the inside of a cabinet, pantry, or cellar door and holds a three or five gallon trash bag. The system has a drop down lid that keeps the waste contained and helps to secure the trash bag in place. There is also a slight variation of this system that uses a sturdy wire rack that holds a rectangular plastic trashcan. This system is not quite as flexible as the plastic trash bag version but it is still space-efficient and keeps trash out of sight.

Low Profile Cans

If you’d rather keep your trash can out in the open, try to find one that has a low profile. There are tall, thin trash cans with flat backs available that look fairly minimalist but are effective at containing a large amount of kitchen garbage. These can rest up against a kitchen counter, remaining pretty much out of the way but still out in the open. This way, you won’t forget to check your trash, and it’s more easily accessible for when you’re cooking meals that require constant disposal of refuse.

Consider the size and design of your bathroom or kitchen before making a decision on how to deal with trash in your apartment. Once you decide on how to approach waste disposal, there are options that not only make your area clean, but can be a compliment to the room as well! Trash doesn’t have to be ugly as long as you choose the right design!

Garbage Disposal Tips

The garbage disposal is one of man’s most brilliant inventions. It can make kitchen scraps disappear in seconds, avoiding a weighty, smelly trash can. But before you think about sticking that pineapple top down the garbage disposal, think again. Believe it or not, kitchen sink garbage disposals are not black holes for your daily discards and it’s important to know just exactly how they function.

Garbage disposals are not indestructible, and at the same time can cause a lot of destruction if not used properly. The machines can be very convenient, but only for obliterating certain kitchen scraps. Don’t try to toss the remaining shells from a New Orleans crawfish boil into the garbage disposal, or any starchy, stringy vegetables like asparagus, artichokes and kale. Make sure to keep metal utensils or any kind of hardware clear of the garbage disposal – or you’ll wind up with mangled silverware!

So what can the garbage disposal do? It’s capable of eliminating almost any food waste except for any fibrous materials that will wrap around the blades, causing them to tangle and the drain to clog. It can accept coffee grinds, egg shells and citrus peels (that act as a natural air freshener!) but not whole lemons, limes and oranges.

Indoor And Outdoor Storage Solutions For Your Apartment

Apartment Storage

Looking for extra storage space? 1st Lake Properties can help you.  Storage space – or the lack thereof – should definitely not be overlooked when considering renting an apartment and can prove to be a luxury amenity.

Fortunately, 1st Lake Properties has you covered when it comes to spacious closets and storage space. There are excellent 1st Lake Properties apartments in Metairie that offer roomy closets to hold your wardrobes for all seasons and then some.  Check out the Lost Bayou and Surfrider apartment communities.

Storage Ideas

For those who have too many personal possessions than they know what to do with, there are great, convenient storage solutions. It all comes down to utilizing your available space. The bathroom is typically the smallest room in an apartment, and for some, holds the most items. Hanging racks and baskets are easy fixes to store toiletries and towels.

For the kitchen, magnets can be your friend. There are great magnetic spice racks – which can also be used to hold other small metal objects – that can be applied to cabinets to create more space. Cord control can become a difficult household issue to deal with, but with handy hanging organizers, you won’t have any problems.

Outdoor Storage

1st Lake apartments not only have ample inside storage, but outside storage as well. Many of our apartment communities feature garages where you can park your car and store all the extra belongings that you do not need on a daily basis.

Brewster Commons in Covington features garages with extra large doors. The Villas of Laketown apartments in Kenner, just a stone’s throw away from New Orleans, offer outside storage space with their attached garages.

Still need extra space?  Check out Metairie Mini Storage just off of Cleary in Metairie for additional storage space that you can rent on a monthly basis. Call today for monthly rentals: 504-455-8644.

Checklist For How To Spring Clean

Spring is most certainly in the air, and for some that means blooming flowers and buzzing bees, and for others it means deep, detailed cleaning and taking inventory of one’s abode. Yes, it’s that time again for spring cleaning.

The spring cleaning tradition, whether or not you’re on the messy or neat-freak side of the spectrum is always a good annual practice. Spring is all about fresh starts and rebirth, so your apartment should mirror that. Besides regular chores like putting clothes or dishes away, sweeping and cleaning the bathroom; this is your chance to pay attention to detail and store, sort or get rid of extraneous clutter.

Use this guide as a checklist for items that aren’t usually on the cleaning to-do list:

  • Wipe down walls, ceilings, fronts of cabinets and the refrigerator to scrub off any old residue
  • Reseal grout lines between floor and the wall or cabinet that have become dirty or stained over time
  • Vacuum and shampoo rugs with an industrial shampoo machine
  • Wax wooden furniture with paste wax after cleaning surface with a damp cloth and dish washing liquid
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors and make sure all units are thoroughly dusted
  • Ensure clean window treatments by machine washing draperies or curtains and wiping down wooden blinds
  • Clean the freezer by turning off the power to defrost it, clear out all contents and wipe interior with a solution of two tablespoons baking soda per one quart hot water
  • Clean washable pillows to get rid of any lingering odors or bacteria
  • Discard old cosmetic or hygienic products
  • Clean monitor screens and keyboards of computers
  • Wash windows
  • Clean out unwanted or unused items in the basement, attic or shed
  • Wipe down outdoor furniture
  • Change all burned out light bulbs
  • Wipe off dust on ceiling fans with a damp cloth or paper towel

If you accomplish all these tasks, you’ll be well on your way to being completely spring cleansed! Other than looking shiny and new, your living space will be rid of dirt and dust that you may have not even been aware of that can make you and your guests sick. So tie your hair back, put on those yellow gloves and spring into action!

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