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The Realistic Approach to an Organized Apartment

VIDA townhome living room. Image credit: VIDA

November 2023


Whether you live in a sprawling East Avenue mansion or one of VIDA’s beautiful apartments or townhomes, everyone seems to struggle with clutter and storage. While you could spend a small fortune on home organizing gear, the best solution just might be change of mindset. The cornerstone of maintaining an organized apartment lies in a simple, yet profound realization – understanding and respecting the space you have.

The market is flooded with innovative solutions that vow to help you make the most out of your living space. From drawer organizers to underbed storage, the options are endless. While these products are useful, they’re not necessarily a cure-all for our clutter woes. The essence of an organized apartment is not just about finding creative ways to store your belongings, it requires being realistic about how much you can actually fit into your space without it feeling cramped or chaotic.

Being realistic about your space starts with a critical evaluation of your belongings. That means distinguishing between what you need, what you love, and what is merely occupying space without adding value to your life. This process might seem daunting, but it is essential. It allows you to free up space for what truly matters. Remember, less is often more. An apartment that breathes is far more inviting and comfortable than one cluttered with items that are seldom used.

Once you have streamlined your belongings, the next step is to assign a specific place for each item. This not only helps in maintaining order but also makes cleaning and tidying up more manageable. When every item has a home, it reduces the likelihood of clutter piling up, ensuring that your apartment remains organized and navigable.

In addition to being mindful of the quantity of your belongings, it is also crucial to consider their size and functionality. Opt for furniture and decor items that complement the size of your apartment or townhome. Oversized furniture, while luxurious, can make your space feel congested and overwhelming. Instead, choose pieces that are proportional to your rooms, maintaining a balance that allows for easy movement and a sense of spaciousness.

Moreover, embrace the concept of multifunctionality. Furniture that serves multiple purposes, such as sofa beds or extendable dining tables, can provide functionality without overcrowding.

So, by all means, while use some storage solutions and organizational hacks. Just don’t fall into the trap of thinking they’re a substitute for having a realistic understanding of your space and living within it. By being mindful of the space you have, decluttering, and making thoughtful choices about what you bring into your home, you can create a living environment that is not only organized and uncluttered but a pleasure to be in and a boon to your well-being. So, embark on your organizational journey with a dose of realism, and watch your apartment transform into a sanctuary of peace and order.