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5 Organization Tips for Living in a Small Apartment When You Have Kids

Staying organized with kids might feel like an oxymoron, but it can be done with a little bit of planning Even if you’re living in a small apartment, there are plenty of ways you can declutter and de-stress. These five space-saving tips for apartments will have your home looking its best in no time.

Optimize Your Furniture

Big, bulky pieces of furniture that aren’t multi-purpose make your rooms feel smaller and ultimately sell you short on much-needed storage. Invest in some new pieces that are smaller and can be converted into a bed or lifted to store books and toys.

Storage furniture for small spaces should be tall, not wide, so put height first. Use a cubby-style shelf in the kids’ room that has collapsible, washable boxes to store all their toys and clothes.

Use the Walls

Installing shelves or relying on over-the-toilet storage can free up limited cabinet space. You’ll also put important things out of reach from curious little hands. You can even get creative and use plastic shoe racks to organize toys. Every stuffed animal, doll, and truck can have its special spot on the door.

A pegboard can be used to hang pots, pans, and other items. They’re easy to install and remove and add plenty of storage that’s easily accessible without getting in the way. If your kids have a lot of plushies, consider hanging a mesh toy hammock that will keep them in reach but off the ground and bed.

Look Under the Bed

Rolling bins can easily slip under your children’s’ beds or cribs to store toys and clothes. In your own room, under-bed storage is a great way to get seasonal clothing, bedding, and other non-essentials out of the closet. Focus on what you use the most and keep that in reach; the best way to organize apartments is by function and necessity.

As a word of caution, make sure that small children are never left unattended in a room with heavy furniture or boxes. If their toys are kept under the bed, pull the toys out ahead of time so they don’t crawl under and get stuck.

Don’t Forget the Corners

Whether it’s a small desk with storage or a simple corner shelf, make use of the overlooked spaces in your home. You’d be surprised at how much you can fit into corners, especially when you have a lot of clutter that needs to be organized.

Donate Anything You Have in Doubles

Having a spare sippy cup or a few pacifiers is one thing, but if you have multiples of all your kids’ belongings, it’s time to declutter by donating to families in need. The same goes for old backpacks and lunch bags. If you decide to buy new for the next school year, make sure you give the others away. While it’s easy to want to hold on to these duplicates “just in case,” the added clutter is going to make things more difficult in the long run.

Living in a small space with kids requires more consistency and careful organization, but it’s worth the effort. You’ll find that once you develop a good system, staying on top of your home’s organization isn’t so hard.

Tim Esterdahl

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