We all know about spring cleaning, but what about winter cleaning? It may not have the same ring to it, but it’s just as important to keep your space organized and decluttered during the colder months. If you are looking to start the new year off by giving your apartment a fresh new look while maximizing the space you have available, take a look at these tips.
Study the space: Before you begin to reorganize your apartment, you’ll need to understand the space you’re working with. Take the time to draw out the floor plan to help decide where everything will be placed ahead of time. This step will keep you from wasting time designing a room, only to realize there’s no space for your favorite furnishings.
Put away what you don’t need: This may seem like a no-brainer, but one of the best ways to open up space is to store items that aren’t in use on a regular basis. If your vision for your living room involves ottomans, consider pieces that double as storage to put away any toys, board games and other belongings that are cluttering your living space.
Another way to avoid the problems of a smaller floor plan is to take advantage of the vertical space in your rooms. If you haven’t done so already, consider installing shelves or a bookcase to provide a home for your CDs, books and other items that may be taking up unnecessary space in your apartment.
Choose mirrors over pictures: One of the most difficult tasks for inexperienced decorators is making a small space appear larger. To give your space a more open feel, try placing mirrors throughout your apartment. One trick is to lean a floor-to-ceiling mirror against a wall that is opposite a window. Doing this will make a room appear more spacious. If you’re specifically looking to open up space in your dining room, place an accent mirror directly behind the table. Just be careful not to include too many mirrors in a single room, as this can make a room feel enclosed.
It can be difficult to maintain an organized living space throughout the year, especially if you’re dealing with a small floor plan. To declutter and open up your apartment, keep these tips in mind! It will make the spring cleaning process easier if you already have an organized space when the weather warms up.
Guest blog contributed by CORT