Apartment living is a boon for anyone who’s not quite ready to buy a home yet. Apartments tend to be less expensive, located relatively close to essential services and shopping, and have their own communities. However, staying organized in an apartment can be a challenge because of its smaller size and because there aren’t as many places to store things as in a house. This is especially true if you’re a young person getting ready to move into an apartment for the first time, or if you’ve spent many years in a house and are now downsizing. Luckily for you, we’ve put together a list of ways to get and stay organized as you move into your new apartment.
An abundance of paperwork is quick way to give a very messy appearance to a given space. Not only that, but when moving, boxes of paperwork can be deceptively heavy. Avoid all of this by using your move as an opportunity to start practicing paper saving habits. When you sign up for your new utility services, or transfer old ones, take advantage of the paperless billing option that most utility, television, Internet and phone providers offer.
Next, find a clean, simple way to store the paperwork that you do need. We recommend buying a fireproof lock box for documents like birth records, financial documents, passports and other vital information that you won’t need to access frequently.
Use a Storage Unit
Using a storage unit is one of the easiest ways to get and stay organized when you move in, especially if you’re using a professional moving company. Most moving companies have their own storage facilities that more than accommodate whatever you don’t have room for in your new apartment. Make sure you ask your moving company about storage options, even if they don’t have their own, they will likely be able to point you in the right direction.
Use Digital Media
With so many great streaming and download services like Netflix and Hulu, having an awesome movie and music collection doesn’t need to take up a lot of space. In fact, in some ways it can actually be better to have a smaller on-disc collection. Only keep or buy special edition physical copies of your favorite, classic pieces of media. This will translate to a smaller, more impressive collection that lends itself to a modern, minimalist look.
Packing and Moving Electronics
First, disconnect all your devices from their screens and monitors and from each other. However, don’t completely disconnect everything, leave the power, audio and visual cables plugged into the back each device. Next, take the time to label each cord with what it goes to and its function (e.g. “printer/power”). Then use different color zip-ties to fasten the cords together and place them in the moving box with their respective device. Doing this will not only help you stay organized when unpacking, it will keep you organized in the future. It’s also a good idea to move electronics in their original packaging whenever possible.
Getting and staying organized can be easy if you start now, while you’re getting a fresh start in a new apartment. Follow these organization tips for a stress-free move and a clutter-free life.