If everything isn’t in its place, I go a little crazy. I’m one to put my dishes away shortly after using them, empty the dishwasher right away, and keep everything in line at all times. Mostly everything I own has its place throughout my living area. And today, I’m going to share a step-by-step guide to organize your apartment similar to mine.
1. Start with the kitchen
I love to start organizing in the kitchen. That’s where you get into your groove as you work through organizing your dishware, fridge, pantry, and silverware. And, the kitchen normally takes the longest to organize — at least in my book. To break each part of the kitchen down, I describe them for you below:
First, take everything out of your pantry and section it how you’d like to. For me, I sectioned off protein powders, supplements, (some produce), and things I grab on the daily. I place refillable items like protein powders, supplements, and seeds on the top shelf. Then, I add items I use daily to the middle shelves, and produce (like potatoes) on the bottom.
To organize items, I use black baskets, more aesthetic baskets, and acrylic organizers. I get these at Home Goods, T.J. Maxx, Amazon, or Costco. But, I listed out a few you guys may like/are similar to mine above.
For the freezer, I like to section of meat, frozen veggies, fruit, etc. I don’t normally stick organizational bins in the freezer. But in the fridge, I use acrylic organizers. I use a few acrylic bins for drink cans, snack packs, and produce. In the bottom two drawers of my fridge, I place veggies, fruits, and other produce. For cheese and lunch meats, I will place this in the middle drawer (if you have one like I do). Sauces are placed in the door for easy accessibility.
In addition to all that, I place a Brita in my fridge for cold water. Since I don’t have a water dispenser on my fridge, this is a great addition.
Dishware + storage
For all my dishware, I basically buy items based on how much storage room I have to spare. If you don’t have room for it, avoid buying it if you haven’t already. If you have, consider getting rid of it, or finding another place for it to stay.
I will use the same acrylic bins to store my glass Tubberware. I also use silverware organizers and have yet to order additional drawer organizers to better clean my sink storage area. When it comes to my dishware, I keep certain categories paired together to make cabinets aesthetic. Do the best you can here!
2. Then move onto the bathroom
Once you have the hardest part over, move onto the bathroom. The only organization I carry out in the bathroom is my drawers and cabinet. In my drawers, I use acrylic organizers. For my cabinet, I use the same bins as my pantry. I store random stuff in my drawers and supplements, meds, and everything else in my bathroom cabinet.
This is probably the area that I slack off the most. I don’t keep this super clean all the time, but you can find everything I need in the drawers — just super hard to keep those little things tidy.
3… The laundry area
I don’t have a full laundry room, but I have a few shelves I like to keep clean. I have one rack added to the shelves to store my reusable grocery bags. Plus, I always like to overstock vs understock anything and everything — and this is where I store it all. I like to keep all my duplicate items in the same place and properly in place. I organize all items by group and make sure they’re paired together aesthetically.
If you have a bigger space, you could add a few organizational bins to keep smaller and miscellaneous items.
4… The closet and bedroom
For the bedroom and closet, there are a few approaches I take. Luckily, I have a rather big closet and am able to store my everyday clothes and my shoes in it comfortably. For my shoes, I separate them into groups — sneakers, flats, stilettos, boots, etc and add them to a rack (similar to this one). For my clothes, I separate them by category — tanks, short sleeve tops, dresses, long sleeve tops, and hoodies. I will then color coordinate them by their group. This saves me so much time when trying to find a specific piece of clothing.
In my bedroom, I also have a six-drawer dresser. For each drawer, I have a category. One is for leggings/workout shorts, workout bras, workout tanks/tops, jeans, everyday bras, and undies/socks. You can get drawer dividers, but personally, I don’t have these in mine.
I am a huge organizational freak. I have to have everything sectioned off in its own place and be there when I need it. There’s nothing more frustrating than not being able to find an item when you need it most. For instance, that “white top” you want to throw on and run out the door. If you aren’t organized, you may have to take the time to sift through your items.