Easy Organizational Tips for Your Apartment

By Christine Ascher on August 31, 2018

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One of the difficulties of moving into your first college apartment is staying organized in a relatively small space. Fortunately, if you put in a little bit of effort when you first move in and start unpacking, keeping your apartment organized doesn’t have to be a struggle. To keep your apartment from getting out of control, check out the following list of organizational items and tips to keep your apartment looking good.

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Buy Storage Drawers

The key to keeping your apartment organized is having enough storage to ensure that everything has an assigned place. If your apartment is lacking in storage, one easy solution is to purchase inexpensive storage drawers for the items that you don’t have a place for. These are great for storing some of your out-of-season clothes, such as winter sweaters and socks, or any books you have that you don’t want sitting out.

Use Desk Organizers

For many students, their desk becomes a dumping ground for any random items that don’t have a specific place in their apartment—which can become a problem when it comes time to study. One easy way to fix this mess is by investing in desk organizers. Desk drawer organizers are great for keeping items that you don’t need to use as often, such as paper clips, scissors, and tape. If you don’t want to spend too much money on getting organized, you can put an old mug on your desk for your pens and pencils that might otherwise be loose in your desk drawers. For any important papers that you don’t want to forget about, consider getting a paper organizer that can sit on your desk, so that you’ll have any important papers in plain sight—just make sure you go through it every once in a while to make sure it doesn’t become stuffed with papers you no longer need!

Use Over-the-Door Organizers

Over-the-door organizers are a lifesaver when you’re trying to keep your closet organized, especially considering college apartments don’t typically feature a ton of storage space. Consider purchasing an over-the-door organizer for your shoes, so that you can keep the floor space free and won’t be tripping over your shoes when walking around your apartment. Shoe organizers can also be useful for organizing your accessories, such as scarves and jewelry, so consider the different ways you can use them.

Hang Command Hooks 

Another great strategy for keeping your closet organized is to use hooks for items that you can hang up. Whether you put them on your closet door or tuck them on an inside wall inside your closet, hooks can be used to keep a variety of items organized and accessible. Try, for instance, using them to hang your belts, jewelry, or hats.

Use File Folders

If your desk tends to get messy and disorganized, an easy and inexpensive solution is to purchase some file folders that you can use to separate and organize your important papers. Whether you separate them by each of your classes, or create a system for your personal, school-related, and work-related papers, or create another system of your own, have some labeled file folders where you can keep everything in a set place so you know where to find it.

Get Decorative Boxes

If you need some extra storage but don’t like the look of plastic storage bins, a great solution is to buy some decorative boxes to use for organization. You can usually find inexpensive decorative boxes at craft stores or online, and they can help you decorate your apartment in addition to helping you keep it organized. This is a great way to store any cords and chargers that might otherwise be strewn around your apartment, or any smaller items that could easily get lost if you have no place for them.

Keep Hooks or a Key Bowl by Your Front Door

If you tend to lose your keys, or often have to spend time hunting for them before you leave for the day, consider putting a hook on the wall by your front door, where you can keep your keys and any other small items you might need when you’re running out the door. If you have a table or counter near your door, you could also get a small decorative bowl where you can drop off your keys when you get home, so they’ll always be there the next time you leave. If you live in a cold area, this is also a great way to keep your hat and gloves organized and in one place so they’re easily accessible when you’re leaving your apartment. This way, you’ll never have to risk being late for class because you’ve been searching your apartment for something.

Staying organized as a busy college student can become a constant struggle if you don’t put in some work up front to create an organizational system for yourself. However, if you take the time right away, you’ll be sure to stay organized throughout the year.

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By Christine Ascher

Uloop Writer
Hi! I'm Christine and I'm currently a senior at the University of Southern California, where I study English Literature, Economics, and French.

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