Organization 101 for Apartment Living

Cleaning and organizing your Gilbert, Arizona apartment at Liv Northgate may feel like an insurmountable task, but it doesn’t have to be. We have some ideas about how to successfully get it done that won’t leave you tearing your hair out. So let’s get started.  


Planning is the key. Taking a few minutes before you begin to plan what you need to accomplish, and approximately how long it will take, will save you time in the long run. Plus, like other goals, writing it down is half the battle. List each room as a heading and then under each heading list what needs to be done. Be as detailed and specific as you like. Your plan may look something like this:




    Cupboard 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.


Bedroom 1


    Furniture Arrangement

    Misc. Stuff


Bedroom 2


    Furniture Arrangement


    Misc. Stuff





    Cleaning Supplies











Once you have a list of what needs to be done, you can break tasks down into doable chunks of time. For example, perhaps you only have fifteen minutes to start cleaning. In those fifteen minutes, you can clean out a drawer or cupboard, etc.  If you have an afternoon, you can do a whole room. Having a list and crossing off finished items creates motivation too; there is something inherently satisfying about seeing work being accomplished.


As you organize, get rid of the clutter. Designate items as 1) to keep, 2) give away, and 3) throw away. Give yourself a time limit to dispose of the giveaway items, so that they are not sitting in a pile by the door next month. For the items you are keeping, choose a place to keep them. There is wisdom to having a designated place for everything. Another strategy for reducing clutter is to follow this formula: for every item you bring into the apartment, two items must leave.


Following these tips will help you get your apartment cleaned and organized in no time! What tips do you have for organizing your apartment? We would love to hear. Please share in the comments.

Pictured: A wooden shelving unit with a black-and-white sign with the word Organize in block letters on it.