You start sorting.
One box at a time, figure out what you have, what needs to stay, what can go, and where it would make sense to keep things. Once you have a better idea of what you need stored, you can start figuring out how to store it. The keys to any organizational system are:
Basically, inventory what doesn’t have a home, figure out what a good home for it would be, and then make that space happen. At the end of it, you shouldn’t be left with anything that doesn’t have a place to go.
Vacuum bags. You put your bulky stuff in there and then use your vacuum hose to suck out all of the air, which squishes the stuff down into fairly flat packs. There are different kinds of vacuum bags, and I’ve found that the cheap ones rarely hold up, so it’s probably worth investing in some decent ones.
Shower curtain rings on a clothes hanger make a pretty easy way to keep scarves and belts wrangled without having to buy specialty hangers or devote a lot of space to your accessories.
Have a tiny space that always seems cluttered, no matter what you do? This is what we call “more stuff than storage.” Basically, there are two solutions to this problem: more storage, or less stuff. Less stuff is almost always the better option. So first, see what you don’t need, what you can get rid of, what’s not necessary, and clear it out.
If you still have a more stuff than storage situation after that, you need to maximize your space. Start thinking about unconventional storage options. Make sure you’re using all of your available space: under things (the bed, the couch, etc.), behind things, and all of your vertical space. People always forget about vertical space. This is especially relevant in closets, where you end up wasting an awful lot of space if you don’t figure out how to use all the way up to the ceiling, and all of the “dead” spots, like those against the front wall of the closet.
Keep in mind, too, that the more stuff you have “out” and on display, the more cluttered your space will appear, no matter how well-organized that stuff is.
Use vertical storage if you can. Get some stackable shelves you can use in there to double or triple your usable surface area, and maybe designate the worst of the two cabinets for stuff you rarely use and reclaim another area for your pans and such.
You may need to get creative with your storage. Are you using all of your underbed space? how about your vertical space? Behind stuff, in other stuff; find every available square inch and figure out a way to use it. Closets almost always have a ton of wasted vertical space. See if you can do something like that.
Otherwise, we’re looking at more stuff than storage, and if the answer isn’t more storage, it’s less stuff.
Move the sweatshirts to the hanging organizer (they take up a lot of drawer space), and see if there are baskets that fit into the hanging organizers that you can put the socks into. The hanging organizers are also really good for things like jeans, too.
reichenbachtorwho asked you:
Do you have any general tips on unfucking a dorm room? A lot of the tips for cleaning a house don’t apply.
(Making this answerable/rebloggable)
The same general principles (20/10s, put stuff away rather than down, make sure you don’t have more stuff than storage) applies no matter what your living situation. With a dorm room, you’re dealing with extremely limited space and possibly another person, so every little bit of mess is magnified and seems so much bigger. Make sure you have a good system for your clothes. Having clothes strewn about is probably the most common dorm room problem. Make the most of whatever drawers and desk space you have. Create extra storage if you need it. Use the space under your bed. Use vertical space. Get creative.
Team UfYH, what suggestions do you have for dorm rooms?