A Week of Organizing Your Apartment

a clean kitchen

Welcome back to the Edlandria Blog! Last week we went over organizing your apartment kitchen. Once you’ve gotten everything just the way you like it in your cooking area, take a step back and focus on the rest of your home! This five-day guide will help you take inventory and create a sanctuary in your Alexandria, VA apartment. Just 20 minutes each day will make a huge difference.

Monday: Declutter. Today, figure out what items are just taking up space in your home. Get rid of things that aren’t functional or fun to look at. Clear off counters and figure out exactly what needs to be displayed and what can be put away. Bedside tables and kitchen counters are spaces where things get cluttered, so don’t forget these spaces! Take out garbage and put things away as necessary.

Tuesday: Fix it! Things that need batteries, new light bulbs, or a little elbow grease get a makeover today. If something needs to be taken to a repair shop, today is the day to do so. Fix the things that can be fixed and get rid of what can’t. You’ll save yourself time and stress in the long run.

Wednesday: Deep clean. Clean behind appliances, furniture, and bookcases. Vacuum and mop floors. Clean baseboards and window tracks. Rotate your mattress and wash your sheets. This way your home will feel fresh and clean even in these dreary winter months. Light a candle, open the windows for a few minutes, and let the fresh air in. You might be surprised at what you find while deep cleaning!

Thursday: Recycle. Each day you’ve probably found items you just don’t need or want anymore. This is a great time to post items on Craigslist or create an Instagram account to sell your lightly used but unappreciated items. Take these to a local thrift store or donation center. If you have office supply items, ask a local school if you can donate to a classroom in need.

Friday: Repurpose. Maybe you’ve run across a blanket that would be nicer displayed in your family room than folded up in your closet. Or a candle holder can hold makeup brushes in your bathroom. As you’ve taken a closer look at your home and the things you have, you’ve gotten a better picture of what you have and what you need. Repurposing helps you make use of what you have but may sometimes ignore.

We hope you find yourself inspired to do some deep cleaning and organizing this month. Thanks for reading!