Many benefits come with apartment living, including better affordability, more amenities, less maintenance, and extra security. However, whilst apartment living sometimes provides an opportunity to live in a more desirable location, sometimes we have to compromise on the extra storage space typically offered in houses.
The longer we stay within a space, the more we naturally collect more items from furniture, kitchen appliances and utensils, cleaning products, and everyday living goods from books, toys, clothing and personal items.
It can be easy for your home to get disorganised through everyday living. Instead of letting it get unmanageable or feeling the need to upsize, consider how to better utilise your surroundings with some tips from home organiser, Katrina Springer.
More famously known as The Organised Housewife, Katrina specialises in helping her clients tidy up and better manage their homes by maximising their space.
“I started sharing my organising and cleaning tips, ideas and recipes back in 2010 when I was a busy mum of three young children. Since then, The Organised Housewife blog and social following has grown hugely and now reaches millions of people each year worldwide,” Katrina said.
Boasting more than 150,000 Instagram followers, Katrina shares content with her fans around the world, providing advice on better ways to organise, clean and cook to help everyday families keep on top of their time and space together.
“I share step-by-step processes to organise and clean your home and to help make your life simpler and tidier. My aim is to help you create calm amid the chaos, reduce overwhelm and find balance,” Katrina added.
Here are Katrina’s best apartment living tips.
The Organised Housewife’s Top 6 Steps for Maximising Apartment Space
My first tip would be to declutter – ideally before you move in! If you’re downsizing from a house or larger living space, it’s a good idea to fully clear out as much as you can before setting up your new home. You may like to sell some items you no longer need (such as a lawnmower or gardening equipment if you no longer have a yard). Charities love taking clothes in good condition, furniture, sporting equipment and many other items so clearing them out is great for you while also benefiting others.
2. Maximise kitchen space with storage
If you have limited storage in your kitchen, invest in some organisational pieces that will give everything a dedicated place where it belongs. Some of my favourite pieces for saving space in cupboards and drawers are cling wrap, foil and baking paper dispensers as well as drawer dividers and drawer organisers. I also love crystal trays for beautiful and convenient kitchen drawer storage. You’ll be surprised at how much space you create when you organise it!
3. Store cleaning products easily
With limited storage space, I recommend putting together a cleaning kit that stores the basic products you need to keep your home clean. You can either make your own products or buy them, but the key is to store them in a caddy or container together that is easy to pull out of the cupboard and carry around the apartment as you clean.
4. Maximise shelf space
Shelf dividers are my new best friend. I’m discovering new uses for these clever products all the time! Perfect for organising your cupboards, pantry, linen cupboard or wardrobes, they can help keep things organised such as handbags, clothing, linen and more. If you need more storage space, you may want to consider putting in some shelves and adding these space-saving dividers. If you have piles of ‘stuff’ on your shelf, a tidy way to store them is within labelled tubs.
5. Foldable storage boxes
Some bulky items like quilts and winter clothes can be stored for several months of the year, giving you more space in your wardrobe and linen cupboard the rest of the time. I use foldaway stacker boxes for this because they conveniently fold flat when you don’t need them!
6. Pantry organisation
An unorganised pantry can lead to food getting lost and expiring or being difficult to reach. Even if you have a small pantry, you’ll find that having it organised into sections and storage containers will make a huge difference to your ability to find and access products. Some of the best products I have found for pantries are stackable storage containers and turntables. If you’ve never used a turntable before, you will find them a just a little bit lifechanging! No more having to reach to the back of the pantry anymore – just give the turntable a quick spin to find what you’re looking for.
For more tips, visit https://theorganisedhousewife.com.au or follow Katrina on social media @TheOrganisedHousewife