Organise Your Life!
Apartments in London are really tiny, match box tiny, sleeping in your kitchen tiny, so we got it really good when we found a super spacious 1 bed not too far out of the centre of town, but like every other apartment and even homes in London itself, storage is limited.
We were forward-thinking when we bought our furniture and opted for a NORDLI bed frame with storage from IKEA, which has been a life saver! We store all of our pants, tops, scarves etc under the bed, and it’s also the perfect height for Thomas. The only problem we have is that the drawers are constantly a mess because the clothes are stacked on top of each other and there’s no way of seeing whats underneath the top of the file.
So bring in the trending organising habits by Marie Kondo, another life saver for our clothing storage situation. I thought I’d give it a try and learn how to file stack our clothes, this way they fit better (we have been able to fit in more!), we can see everything in one go, and removing or adding items in the drawers is easy and fuss-free.
It can be daunting trying something new so I have shown you how I do it below (sorry for the low light, it’s winter in London and the sun just doesn’t exist!):
This is my pants drawer under the bed, so neat and tidy, and you can even go one step further and organise by type:
My favourite transition is my tops as I can see all of those long forgotten bottom of the pile items and have started wearing them again, so a huge win!
It’s the same with long sleeve tops, except with an extra little step to fold in those sleeves:
Now the underwear drawer is equally a mess, even though I have a few box dividers to section off the panties from bra’s etc but since I started file stacking, this drawer has kept super neat and tidy, I mean it’s just so hard to mess it up when it’s this easy.
For padded bras I twist them in the middle so that the cups rest gently inside each other without having to turn the one cup inside out which I find often deforms the cup and reduces the lifespan of the item. For non padded bras I fold them in half and file stack.
Socks in our house are always rolled together in a ball, but I have learnt that this can reduce the elasticity on the socks and also balls of socks are just untidy, bulky and hard to find. So here’s the file stacking folding technique:
For those of you who do your other half’s laundry, everything else is pretty much the same as you would do yours, except here’s one for the undies:
I have a lot of jumpers and hanging items so I folded my jumpers and stacked them on top of my hanging clothes and then organised my hanging items by grouping dresses, shirts, puffers, coats etc.
After sorting out the bedroom cupboards and getting so giddy about it, I got itchy fingers and tried to find other elements of our house where things just aren’t working and file stacking could be a solution. Lo and behold, the kitchen towel drawer!!
These are just some ways I organise my life and make sure that living in a small apartment with limited storage is as stress free and neat as possible, and it’s such a simple and easy change!