Steps For Decluttering

6 Steps For Decluttering and Organizing In A Small Living Space

Whether living in a dorm room or apartment, keeping a small space organized can be a challenge for busy college students.

628
views

Keeping my dorm clean and organized seems like a struggle throughout multiple points in my day. By implementing these steps into my own small space, I now want to share what has worked for me. These steps are easy to do and don't take much time out of my busy schedule as a student.

1. Find a layout that works

Being an Interior Design major, I was dying to get my hands on the dimensions and furniture provided in my room. I quickly realized it was SMALL. My mom created some CAD drawings with multiple options for my roommate and me to decide on that can be found here. I am also a psychopath that loves to rearrange things and have probably pulled out my tape measure 3 times this week just to re-evaluate the space. By finding a layout that works best for your storage needs, your space will be more organized and personal. The traditional layouts are great, but maybe there is another option to be considered that will work in the space better!

2. Marie Kondo everything you own

The Marie Kondo trend is all over the place currently, and I feel it is a really important aspect to shrinking the amount of clutter found in a small apartment or dorm room. Basically, it is assessing your belongings as to whether they spark joy or not. By doing this, the small space of a dorm or apartment can be maximized to only contain what brings joy to you. The items you choose will hold more value, and you will be less likely to leave them out or throw them around the room, creating more clutter. You can visit Marie Kondo's website to learn more.

3. Utilize boxes

Boxes are important in keeping a space organized. They can be a place to keep clusters of items in similar categories that would otherwise clutter the space. For example, I keep a box full of craft/art supplies, accessories (belts and scarves), and pens in my room, among many others. Kitchen supplies or even school binders/folders can be organized into boxes. It is a great way to keep a space looking nice and gain organization.

4. Fold more clothing

This is another concept that was inspired by Marie Kondo. By following her folding techniques, clothes take up less space and can be more easily viewed. It is a great way to not let clothes pile up, or have too many hanging in a small closet. If you fold your clothes, it will take more time and you will learn to find the value in each piece as you spend more time to take care of it!

5. Keep important spaces clear

The times when my room looks the most cluttered are when places like my desk are covered and unusable. By keeping any work space clear, you can use them at any time. This may seem redundant, but I often have to clear off my desk before working on homework. If my desk is already clean, then I am in a position to begin work and often feel more motivated to actually get to work!

6. Always put items back where they belong

This point goes along with the last one about keeping important spaces clear. While dorms or apartments are small spaces, items can often get put far from where they belong. My first step in organizing is often grouping items into the general areas where they belong. If items already start relatively close to where they should belong, then it makes organizing later easier and finding items at the present so much better. For example, instead of throwing my sweater over the back of my chair, I put it on the shelf that it belongs. Then I still have the option to grab it if I need it, without fully folding it and putting it back in with the others.

These are all steps that I have taken to reduce my daily clutter and stay more organized in the small space of a dorm, and hopefully they can help you as well!

Popular Right Now

To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

28576
views

To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

Related Content

Connect with a generation
of new voices.

We are students, thinkers, influencers, and communities sharing our ideas with the world. Join our platform to create and discover content that actually matters to you.

Learn more Start Creating

The College Experience

A series telling the true experiences of modern day college students.

gkb1509
gkb1509
98
views

Everyone tells you to prepare for the best years of your life.

They tell you to prepare for all of the new challenges and new opportunities.

They say that you will meet your future people in college.

What they don't tell you is how much it will hurt.

Seeing old friends disappear because you are no longer home.

Watching your grades fall because the class is too difficult to pass.

Hearing and witnessing your family struggle and you aren't able to be with them.

Seeing all of the adventures that others are going on while you are stuck in your dorm room with the same stack of papers you have been trying to finish for three days now.

They don't tell you how difficult the transition will be.

They especially don't tell you how hard it is to live with someone.

The best of friends can live together and then grow to hate each other.

Complete strangers will move in and never speak.

You'll find friends that are simply just your "writing friend" or "band friend".

Many of the labels from high school can sometimes stick around.

If you're not out drinking or clubbing, then people think you don't have a life.

College is great, but don't think that it will be easy.

You have to make things easy in order for things to happen.

You can't just go around doing whatever and expect things to work out.

It takes time and it takes commitment to succeed in life, and in college.

The best way to deal with it all, find someone!

Find someone that you can get coffee with and watch sports with.

Find someone to eat dinner and lunch with.

Find someone to study religion and math before the next test.

Find someone!

Find your someone, a friend or someone special, to help you make it through everything that life throws at you.

If I had that someone I might have been better off my first year.

gkb1509
gkb1509

Related Content

Facebook Comments