A Five-Step Guide to Organizing Your Closet

Do you have a hard time picking what to wear and often find yourself impatiently rummaging through your clothes to choose the right outfit? A messy wardrobe can add unnecessary stress to your day, especially if your apartment is small without many options for storage. Decluttering and organizing your closet will help speed up the process of picking your next outfit. Save time choosing an outfit and enjoy the clothes you own by following these five helpful closet-organizing tips.

1. Declutter by category

Get rid of unnecessary clothes by following the advice of famed organization expert Marie Kondo. Kondo believes the best way to declutter is to focus on items that “spark joy.” From Kondo’s perspective, joy links to personal and intimate reasons – the “small details” of an item should make you smile. 

Organizing Closet

Kondo’s tidying technique, called the KonMari Closet Method, emphasizes sorting through your clothes by categories such as pants, tops, or dresses. First, empty your closet. Gather all of your clothes from one group in front of you so it’s easier to keep your loved clothes and eliminate other items. After organizing one category, go through the rest of the groups until you sorted through each one. Discard unwanted clothes in a bag for donation or sell them to a consignment store. 

2. Clean and wash your empty closet

After your closet is empty from sorting everything, make sure to clean it. Sweep, scrub or vacuum your closet, and air it out for deep cleaning. If you have storage bins, clean them too. If you want, you can listen to some calming or uplifting music while you clean to make the process go by faster.

3. Organize your storage space with organizers or bins

Use your vertical storage space to your advantage. Use a hanging shoe organizer to store more clothes. Storage bins on built-in shelves will maximize storage for – and organize – one of your item categories. 

Hanging hooks on your wall to organize your jewelry, belts, and scarves can also be useful when you have limited space. If you have extra space for a shoe organizer, rolling dresser, or a small armoire, add it to your closet to store small accessories.

4. Store your clothes and accessories by category

As previously mentioned, you should organize similar items together. Clothes and accessories in each category – pants, shirts, socks – should be with each other. 

Hang formal and structured clothes to prevent wrinkles. Save hanging space by folding thick garments such as jeans and sweaters. To get ready quickly, organize each category in the order you get dressed. If you’re a visual person, go the extra mile to color-code your closet.

Marie Kondo suggests two tips to make your wardrobe look aesthetically pleasing. Hang your clothes to face the same direction, and keep longer items on the left and shorter pieces on the right to create an upward sloping line.

5. Follow the “one in, one out” rule

These organization tips helped you clean your closet, but now what? Keep your closet clean and tidy by not hoarding new clothes (doing so also decreases the need for another massive wardrobe clean-out). Maintain your organized, spacious closet by always removing an item after purchasing a new one. 

With an organized closet, you can spend less time getting ready. Plus, a clean closet helps you maximize your wardrobe through different aesthetic and storage techniques, so you’ll feel happier with your apartment too.

Published at Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:10:26 +0000

Five Houseplants Perfect for Your Apartment

Do you want beautiful plants in your apartment but have difficulty keeping them alive? Underwatering, overwatering, and sunlight can greatly affect the appearance and lifespan of a houseplant. If you don’t have a green thumb, you can get low-maintenance plants that require minimal water or sun. Decorate your apartment with a bit of nature and purify your air by getting one of these five houseplants.

Houseplants Perfect for Your Apartment

1. Snake plant

Snake plants are known for their ability to thrive in low sunlight. Coming in many varieties, snake plants often grow slender green leaves with yellow or gray highlights. They are common decorations in apartments and offices, but be careful – direct sunlight burns the leaves. Another quick way to kill this plant is to overwater it, though snake plants are easy to propagate (creating a new plant from cuttings, layering, or dividing the plant) in water.

Snake plants are more than just pretty decorations. They are often considered one of the best air-purifying plants. They can remove household toxins, carbon dioxide, formaldehyde, and nitrogen oxide from the air in your apartment.

2. Golden pothos 

Another plant that requires a low amount of watering is the golden pothos plant (or devil’s ivy). These plants thrive in bright environments with indirect sunlight or low sunlight. The pothos plant can grow to be around 10 feet long or sometimes even longer. 

Similarly to the snake plant, the pothos plant can easily propagate in water. According to NASA’s clean air study, pothos plants absorb pollutants such as carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, and formaldehyde.

3. Dracaena

Dracaena, also known as the dragon tree, can grow up to 15 feet tall in indirect sunlight. Dracaena’s foliage can be completely green or include stripes of green, red, or yellow. Brighter color varieties do better in bright light

During warmer weather, dracaenas can be watered once a week. Their temperature tolerance is high as well. They filter benzene, trichloroethylene, and xylene. 

4. Lucky bamboo

Bring good luck to your apartment with a lucky bamboo plant. Lucky bamboo, a species of dracaena commonly mistaken for a bamboo plant, often grows into spirals and curls in front of a light source. Lucky bamboo requires indirect sunlight. 

What’s unique about this plant is that it can grow in potting soil or with its stems submerged in one inch of water. Despite the low-maintenance of lucky bamboo plants, they require distilled or bottled water. Although this plant does not have toxin-removing qualities, it is believed that lucky bamboo cleanses an environment’s energy.

5. ZZ plant

ZZ, short for Zamioculcas zamiifolia, is a type of succulent known for living in low sunlight and water. Native to East Africa, the ZZ plant became a popular houseplant in the 1990s due to its high tolerance to heat and low water needs. ZZ plants can even live off of fluorescent bulbs as its only light source. ZZ plants absorb pollutants such as carbon dioxide, xylene, and toluene.

An easy houseplant can be great for sprucing up your apartment and decorating your space. Great in any corner or centerpiece, a low-maintenance houseplant won’t just beautify your apartment – it will purify it too.

Published at Fri, 07 Aug 2020 13:04:01 +0000