Living in a studio is one of the best ways to save money and maximize living space without dealing with roommates. Your studio can be your haven, and it can really reflect who you are and your personal style. And, without all those walls and closed-off spaces, a studio can be one of the brightest, most beautiful places to live, especially in a city like New York.
Unfortunately, because so many studios are made up of open, unstructured space, and because they’re usually not the largest apartments in the world, they can easily get disorganized and cluttered. However, if you follow a few simple, easy steps, you can live in a completely clutter-free studio that’s exactly the kind of space you’ve been dreaming of.
Don’t Love It? Chuck It!
First of all, don’t hang onto possessions just because you own them. If you don’t wear those pants anymore, it’s time to donate them. If you’ve always hated that set of doilies your mom bought you when you moved in, they need to go. If you hold onto things because you think you might use them someday or because you feel guilty for throwing away a gift, you’re going to get buried in stuff before you know it. So lose the guilt and get rid of anything you don’t love or don’t use. If you haven’t used it for a year or more, it needs to go!
Don’t Let Messes Pile Up for the Weekend
Keeping up with chores during the week can be difficult, but it’s a lot easier than trying to save everything for the weekend. Worse yet, when the weekend comes, do you really want to spend Saturday and Sunday cleaning your apartment? Of course not! And that means you’re going to let those messes build up even more.
If you clean as you go, you won’t have a giant pile of dishes in the sink, and you won’t have laundry all over the floor. And, when the weekend rolls around, you can enjoy a cup of coffee on the couch on Saturday morning instead of dreading all the cleaning you don’t want to do.
Spend Five Minutes Cleaning Every Day
In addition to cleaning up after yourself as you go, you can do wonders for your studio if you dedicate just five minutes every day to cleaning and organizing. Is your desk a mess? Spend five minutes cleaning it. Have you been meaning to do some dusting? Do it for five minutes. The more consistently you do this, the cleaner and more clutter-free your studio will be.
Invest in Furniture That Does Double-Duty
Of course, all that cleaning won’t do you much good if you don’t have anywhere to put your stuff, but you don’t want to cram a ton of shelves, cabinets, and drawers into your space, right? Instead, go with furniture that doubles as storage. A coffee table or ottoman with a hidden storage compartment can hold a lot of stuff. You can also go with a bed that has drawers built into it, and you can place a rolling shelf under the bed for more storage, too.
Create More Closet Space
Finally, take a look at your closet. If it doesn’t already have one, add a shelf or two above your clothes rod. Grab a hanging shoe organizer that you can put over the door. Buy a low shelf that you can stash on the floor of your closet. All these things might sound like they take up more space in your closet, but they actually create better storage options and more organization to give you more closet space. Then you can get your clothes and shoes out of the way, and you’ll have a cleaner, more organized apartment.
Try these five tips out to see how quickly you can free your studio of clutter and enjoy your space more!