Ten Simple Organization Solutions For Your Condo- By: Andy Asbury
The condominium life is one of convenience. For many people, work is nearby. Restaurants and nightclubs are within walking distance. Home maintenance is largely left to someone else. But the reality is that space often is at a premium. So unless you love living amongst clutter, organization is necessary.
Here are 10 organization tips that will help you make the most of the space your condo has.
The one-year rule
Have something that you have not used in the past year? Pitch it. Better yet, donate it. You will clear space and maybe even get a tax deduction. That goes for anything from clothes to kitchen appliances. By simply getting rod of the items that you rarely or ever use, you will be amazed at how much easier the prospect of organizing everything seems. And it is unlikely you will even miss those things you no longer have.
These pieces of furniture are great because they serve a dual purpose. In addition to kicking your feet up on them when you are relaxing, you can store a bunch of stuff in them, including blankets and pillows. But what you decide to store in them is really limited only by their size and your imagination.
The undersides of beds have a way of accumulating junk. But if you buy some plastic bins made specifically for storing under your bed, you will have a great place to store anything ranging from clothing to CDs or DVDs.
Hang pots and pans
If you spend any time cooking in your condo, you probably have pots and pans. They are often awkward to store and take up unnecessary room on your countertop or in a cupboard. Instead, buy a pot hanger and hang them somewhere in the kitchen. Not only will they be readily accessible, but they can be a good aesthetic touch, too.
Even if you are not a reader, bookshelves are good storage options. Maximize the space by using bookshelves that take up vertical space instead of horizontal space, which often is at a premium in condos.
The cupboards in your kitchen are great for storing food, dishes and other kitchen items. But if you have small items like spices sitting on your countertop, consider putting them on racks that you install on the inside of your cupboard doors.
Rather than having a rack full of CDs or a bin full of papers, considering going electronic. You likely will be able to put all your music on a device like an iPod, and you can scan any necessary files and store them on your computer hard drive (make sure you have it backed up).
Clear plastic bins that can be stacked atop one another allow you to maximize storage while limiting the space you use. In addition, you can see inside the bins without opening them up. If you do not like looking at a stack of bins, it is easy to hide them behind a curtain or stack them in a closet.
Use your walls
If you can hang something and it looks okay, do it. Walls also are great places to hang shelves, on which you can store items or hold decorations.
If you have more than one junk drawer, drawer organizers may be a good solution. In addition to helping keep track of what items are in your drawers, they also force you to eliminate things that do not fit.
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Twin Cities writer and REALTORŪ, Andy Asbury focuses his team of lofts and condos Realtors on Minneapolis condos and lofts. Find Minneapolis condominiums online at www.MinnesotaLoftsAndCondos.com today!