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Every New Year grants busy homeowners and renters the opportunity to refresh and create resolutions for the next chapter in our lives. One common resolution is to be more organized in your home or workspace. Since your environment attributes to your mental health and overall well-being, purging un-needed belongings can be a great way to focus on what brings you the most value and is the most important.
Start small by examining your environment and see if adding a little structure would make you feel less overwhelmed. To many, de-cluttering may seem easier said then done, especially if you have a smaller home or apartment. Using the lifestyle concept, Lagom as a guide can help you make decisions on what to keep and what to leave behind in 2019. The Swedish word ‘Lagom’ means just the right amount – not too much, and not too little and is all about creating a better, happier and more balanced life.
If you are interested in setting this New Year resolution, choose some easy habits that you can incorporate into your day-to-day. To make things a little easier, TurboTenant has rounded up 15 easy ways for organizing small spaces using the Lagom method. Most of these can be done quickly on a day to day basis and once done repeatedly will turn into a normal habit.
Read more to learn how to transform any small and cluttered space into a place of balance and mindfulness.
- Everything Should Have a Designated Space
Exercise finding a permanent home for all of your belongings. Not only does this help you find things when you need them, but it helps to limit clutter that can build up on surfaces and floors.
- Purge Often and Refuse Gifts
Sure, a giant exercise ball sounds fun, but when are you actually going to sit on that? Where is it going to be stored? These are important questions to ask yourself to avoid clutter.
- Pick Up Every Day
Don’t leave the junk mail on the table as it can take up limited surface space. It’s important to pick up after yourself every single day.
- Store Your Appliances on a Bar Cart
Instead of constantly moving heavy appliances around or setting up a dangerous chain of extension cords, repurpose furniture for something more suited to your needs.
- Add a Towel Rack to the Side of the Fridge
Repurpose free space on your fridge by installing a towel rack and small shelves.
- Reuse Six-Pack Container for Sauces
Reuse beverage six-pack containers to store the condiment bottles more securely and take up less space.
- Try Striped Wall Decor to Trick the Eye
Leverage wall decor to make your space appear larger. Adding vertical striped wallpaper can make a room appear taller, while horizontal stripes can make it seem wider.
- Use a Blanket Hanger
Reuse a ladder as a way to display stylish blankets. This is a great way to get more from less by minimizing space and multiplying function.
- Invest in Multi-Use Furniture
Although some pieces may be pricier, invest in storage or other multi-use furniture pieces to salvage space in your home.
- Use Hanging Totes as Laundry Baskets
Hang laundry totes on your closet door to keep items off the floor. Smaller laundry containers help to limit the number of clothes you own as well as force you to do laundry more frequently.
- Install a Shoe Hanger on the Back of a Door
Invest in a shoe hanger that you can put up on the back of your bedroom door.
- Add a Bookshelf to Your Headboard
Installing a shelf is an easy way to add a homey touch to your bedroom, as well as ensure your book collection is kept off the floor.
- Add a Pegboard to the Back of a Door
Install a pegboard on the back of an office or bedroom door, and add hooks and small shelves for storage.
- Install a Sliding Medicine Cabinet
Put up a medicine cabinet in place of, or in addition to, the typical wall mirror and add a sliding mirror component to access supplies and see your reflection.
- Hang Products on Your Shower Rod
Add metal clips between the rings of you shower curtain where you can hang your bath products and save space on the shower floor.
These ideas are relatively easy and ideally only require you to consider using normal appliances a different way then you did prior. We hope these Lagom-inspired tips will help you enjoy your small space to its full potential, and learn how to lead a more balanced, intentional lifestyle. Happy organizing!