Living in a rented room can be challenging, especially when you face space constraints. You have to be smart and practical in carving out storage solutions so that you have room for all your belongings. However, clutter can accumulate very quickly, especially if you’re a shopaholic or if you’re not a particularly neat person.
Clutter piling up everywhere can be a mood killer. Therefore, make it a habit to declutter regularly. When you come back to an organised space, you’ll feel more relaxed and at ease.
Here are some tips to effortlessly declutter your rented room.
1. Start with a goal in mind
Before you start decluttering, take some time out to envision how you want your space to look and feel. Are you trying for a minimalist aesthetic or do you want to carve out more functional spaces where you can relax or pursue your hobbies? This will help you decide how much to get rid of.
2. Sort your things
Once you’ve decided on your goal, start sorting your belongings into these categories: keep, donate or sell, and discard or send to the recycling bin. Perhaps you can take a leaf out of Marie Kondo and decide whether the item “sparks joy” or brings you purpose. If you haven’t used the item for a long time, then it’s probably best to part ways with it by selling it on secondhand platforms such as Carousell, donating it or sending it to a recycling bin (if it can be recycled). Obviously, items that are broken should be discarded.
3. Organise your storage
To keep your room clutter-free, make the most of your limited space by getting creative by utilising vertical areas or underused areas. Invest in proper storage containers, baskets or organisers so that you can keep your items in specific spaces. This will also make it easier for you to retrieve them when you want to use it. You can also check out this article for more storage tips.
4. Keep only what’s essential
If you are a hobbyist or a collector of some sort, items can accumulate very quickly and you will run out of space in no time. If you really can’t bear to part ways with your beloved items, consider renting a self storage space to store those items. Depending on the size of your room, it may only have space for essentials. So ask yourself whether you really need multiple versions of the same item.
5. Establish a daily cleaning routine
It does take effort to maintain a clutter-free and neat environment. So establish a simple cleaning routine which you can do everyday. One of the easiest ways is to make your bed in the morning. Simple tasks such as putting away your things after you have used them, and tidying up just before you go to bed will prevent clutter from accumulating. Every other day, you can wipe the surfaces so that they remain dust-free and do quick sweep of the floor.
Decluttering your rented room does not have to be that overwhelming. Make sure to do it at regular intervals so that you have the benefit of a clean and organised space to live in.