One of the best things I have found for living in small spaces is to limit my storage.This is one way I keep things neat and decluttered on a day to day basis. It also means that I do not let myself get unintentionally overrun with things. I can find things easier, and I am more apt to put things away. If you do not have a place for it, it is much more difficult to put it away. Here are three examples.
Plastic Dishes For Kids
Everything that is plastic is in this drawer. It is the bottom drawer which means that my kids can access it whenever they want. My kids can set the table, and put clean dishes away very easily. I do not need five sippy cups per child. All that means is more dishes, and since I don’t have a dishwasher, I am not too keen on that idea. I have the same motto here as I do with my kitchen drawer. Simplifying does not necessarily need to look meticulously organized.
I believe strongly in teaching our children to be independent. Having their shoes easily accessible makes it easy for me to teach them to put them away when we come inside. I love the big flat drawer because they don’t have to dump everything out to find the right shoe.
I used to keep every single gift bag I came across. After my last baby was born, though, I realized that I had way more baby gift bags than I could possibly ever use. My gift wrap area was overflowing. I have also had the problem of looking for a roll of wrapping paper, only to find that it had been stomped on, ripped, and otherwise no longer useable.
I now have a limit, and a clearly defined place for it. If it does not fit in my Rubbermaid, I purge. I keep gift bags, wrapping paper, ribbons, scissors, and tape in here. When I have a gift to wrap, everything is right in one spot which makes things really easy. I have one like this which fits perfectly under the crib. You learn to use every single space when you live in a small apartment!