Have you ever noticed that there never seems to be enough space to store all of your things? Whether you live in a one-bedroom apartment or a large, multi-bedroom home with a garage and basement, most people wish that they had more storage space to keep their home from being cluttered. What most people don’t realize, however, is that even the smallest of spaces can feel larger and more organized if you just take the time to optimize the space you have.

 In today’s blog from The Elements and Prairie Ridge, we want to give you some easy storage and organization tips. By following these few simple ideas you can enjoy a more peaceful, stress-free living environment where you can always find just what you’re looking for. Keep reading, and if you’re looking for apartment homes in Brighton, Colorado, we invite you to come and take a look at what we have to offer. Call today to schedule a visit!

Get Rid of Things You Don’t Use

The first step in organizing any space is to reduce the number of things you have. You don’t have to give away all of your things, just take a good inventory and get rid of the items that you no longer need or use. If you have a box full of old collectibles that you’ve been hanging on to, consider going through them and just keeping a few that are particularly special to you. Take a look in your clothes closet and set aside anything you haven’t worn in over a year. Unless it’s a particularly special item (like a wedding dress) consider donating any clothing you don’t wear regularly. This can free up precious space that you can use to store other items. 

Utilize Storage Containers

One of the easiest ways to clear the clutter and organize your space is to invest in several storage containers of all different sizes. You can use large plastic totes to store seasonal items that you don’t use often. Medium-size plastic bins and smaller drawers are great for keeping like-items together. Consider using them for everything from socks to kitchen utensils.

 You can also buy storage containers to house goods for different occasions or tasks. For instance, a small portable tote with a handle is perfect for storing your cleaning supplies including any chemicals, sponges, and rags. Having these supplies in one container that can be carried from the kitchen to the bathroom, to the living room allows you to get your cleaning done much faster.

Also, consider putting together storage totes for different activities. Are you an avid camper? Put all of your camping gear in one tote so when you’re ready to take that weekend camping trip all you have to do is pull it out and put it in the car. Whatever your hobby or pastime, keeping your gear and supplies safely stored away. This will not only help you find the things you need when you need them, it keeps your space looking clean and clutter-free.

Take Advantage of Unused Space

Many people tend to fill up their drawers and closets and then still have “stuff” overflowing into their living areas. One way to avoid this is to make the most of every inch of space you have. For instance, space under the bed can be used to store seasonal linens and clothing, and the top shelves in your kitchen cupboards can be used to store small appliances that you only use a few times a year. 

Don’t forget about wall space — bookshelves and even several well-placed hooks can offer much-needed storage space for the things you use the most often. Don’t have room for a large bookshelf? You can create a home for several small knickknacks and books just by installing a shelf over your bed or a door frame.

Invest in Multi-Functional Pieces

Another way to “create” more space is to buy pieces that have multiple functions or storage solutions built right into them. Some examples might be a trunk that you can store stuff in that can also be used as a coffee table, a couch that folds out into a bed for guests, and a bench with storage inside that can be used as dining room seating. When it comes to organizing your home, it’s all about getting creative. After a while, you might find that you actually have fun finding new and interesting ways to clean up your space.      

Control the Cords

Even a well-organized space can look downright messy when you let cords from all of your electronics get out of control. It may take some doing at first, but you’ll be amazed at how much better your room will look when you corral the cords from your computer, television, stereo, gaming system, and more. Take the time to untangle the mess and then prevent future tangles with cord keepers and rubber ties specifically meant for keeping cords organized.

Enjoy Your Newly-Organized Space

The next time you get frustrated because you can’t find something you need or you avoid having people over because you don’t want them to see your messy home, make a plan to finally conquer the clutter once and for good. All it takes is a little hard work and some creativity. Implement some of these organization tips and in just a few hours you’ll have a cleaner, more relaxing space and will most likely be surprised at just how much space you have!

Get All the Space You Need at The Elements at Prairie Center

Whether you’re looking for a small one-bedroom apartment just for you, or you’re interested in finding a spacious, multi-bedroom apartment for your entire family, the Elements at Prairie Center has just what you’re looking for. Conveniently located in Brighton, Colorado, just 20 miles from downtown Denver and a short drive to the Rocky Mountains, you’ll love coming home to The Elements at Prairie Center apartment homes. Call today to learn more and to schedule a tour!