How to Keep a Small Manhattan Apartment Organized

3156625773_1198e36e0cIt’s no secret that Manhattan apartments tend to be on the small side. And if you’re new to the city or downsizing, trying to fit your past life into this new space can be a constant source of frustration. And while there are definitely some benefits to less space, keeping everything organized is almost an art. But once you figure out a system that works for you, you’ll realize just how sweet and cozy your new abode really is.

Storage Containers + You = BFFs <3

You certainly don’t want piles of stuff hanging around out in the open, but you shouldn’t get hung up on the idea of fitting a bookshelf or cabinet into your teensy apartment. Instead consider using storage containers to store the stuff you want but don’t need out in the open. There are a lot of great pieces out there. And if you’re the artsy kind you can even choose to decorate them and turn them into statement pieces.

Choose Furniture Wisely

If you’re keeping your old stuff in storage, donating it or leaving it back home, you’re going to need to buy new furniture that fits in your home. Be smart and choose beds that have drawers underneath or enough space to fit those storage bins, ottomans that can store extra blankets or books and night tables with extra draws or shelves. This will allow you to save space while having a place to put all of your stuff.

Vertical Space

When you can’t spread out, spread up! Maximizing the space you do have is the key to successful organization. Install shelves above your desk / tv / sofa to store books, papers or for decorations you want visible. Hanging file folders in the kitchen are a great way to sort mail and other miscellaneous papers. A cork board, magnetic board, or the front of your fridge are great places to display artwork or hang important papers. Just think about the stuff you have taking up surface space and decide how you can best get it onto a wall.

A Little at a Time

It’s easy to become overwhelmed by all of the stuff you need to find a home for, yet if you devote 10 or 15 minutes to one area at a time, you’ll be surprised how quickly you can get it done. Just have a plan in mind, be realistic and get rid of the stuff you really don’t need—there’s no room for being sentimental here—and stay focused. Create piles for papers: File, Toss, Shred, To Do. Done.

Cull Your Belongings

As you go through everything, be realistic about what you need. Getting rid of the stuff you don’t want or use will open up space and make it easier to organize the things that are actually important to you. It can be hard at first, but once you get into the swing of things you’ll find it refreshing to get rid of the old and open yourself to new possibilities.

1st Class Cleaning is a NYC-based cleaning service that also specializes in organization. If you’d like to get organized but still feel overwhelmed, contact us today and ask us to send one of our organizational experts to your apartment—we’d love to help!

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