It’s been a couple of weeks since I first talked about moving apartments and a lot has happened since then. After reading the life-changing magic of tidying up, I set out to remove clutter from my life. It ticked the first box off my list. The next box to tick off, securing a new apartment, was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I had set up appointments for one weekend, viewed several places, and came to an agreement on one all in the span of a week. It was quite a feat – and lifted a huge weight off.
So next on the list: packing.
I definitely was not looking forward to this – I have accumulated a lot of stuff over the last year. However, one of the nice things about packing is you could go through and organize everything. For me, it’s working through the stuff I know I’ll need in the near future (short sleeve t-shirts, skirts) and packing away the ones I don’t (heavy jackets, thick jeans, tall boots). It will set me up for success in the long run; when I get to my new apartment, I’ll have tote boxes that don’t need to be unpacked until later on in the year.
In my closet, I have two black plastic tote boxes in my closet that are divided into two categories: (1) things I’m wearing this season and (2) things I won’t be touching for a while. The second box lives under the first and they’re stacked to take up less space. Since I started using this system last fall, I haven’t opened the bottom bin. It also makes choosing clothes easier – I only have a few choices and I won’t see things I’ll never dream of wearing in 40 degree weather (I’m looking at you, high-waisted shorts). The same goes for shoes – tucked away in the bottom of the closet are shoes I don’t wear now – sandals, flats, or anything that could cause a tumble in the rain. Compartmentalizing your clothes based on season is extremely handy, especially when you have a lot of items in your wardrobe. There are a lot of space saving options (like tote boxes or plastic bins) that could help organize and store at the same time.
And now that I’m moving, I get to re-organize my closet, especially since the weather isn’t as bad as in December or January. I’ve started to trade jeans for dresses and tights, so those heavy materials are going into the black bin. The chunky sweaters are being trades for lighter long sleeves, which will eventually be traded for short sleeves and tank tops. I am so ready for spring to be here.
If you’re not moving like me and re-arranging your closet to accommodate tote boxes and plastic bins doesn’t seem doable, you could always store these items in an outside storage unit. There are several options, like a local storage locker. If you are like me and you don’t drive, there is also the option for someone to take it for you and return it to you when the next season rolls around – and that’s where a company like MakeSpace comes in. You pack and they pick it up and bring it back when you like! Pretty nifty huh? They have a bunch of different options for any size room – everything from storing a closet to an entire apartment and you don’t have to move a thing.
What are some of your organizing tips? Let me know in the comments!
’til next time, xo!