Tips for Organizing Your Space
Today’s living requires us all to make decisions about how best to use our resources. Some of us have gigantic places and love it, others of us are much happier in a smaller space.
Regardless of your preference it is important to be judicious in our use of space. We have compiled a list of ideas that can help you organize your space.
Furniture by Function
Organize your furniture by its function. So eating furniture is all in one place, sleeping related furniture is located together, and so on. If you have one room that has multiple uses keeping the furniture in careful categories can help you create a sense of space that otherwise would not exist.
Multiple Use Furniture
Use furniture for more than just one thing. Examples include using a dining room table as a work table or having a couch that also serves as a bed. Psychologically this may not work for you, but if you are working with really tight space, this technique might be a lifesaver.
Adding space between the walls and the furniture. If you put your furniture in the center of the room and make sure that there is nothing too close to a wall, it’ll seem like the room is bigger than it is otherwise. This is also a great way to make sure the walls don’t get scuffed up, and give you alleyways to walk around a small space as you try to get around.
Store the Storage
Use storage that can be tucked away. Examples of this include tables that fit under other tables, or shelves that stack on top of each other. This gives you volume within volume and allows you to store stuff that otherwise would take up space.
Don’t forget to use every inch of space that you have! Examples include floor to ceiling book cases, shelves and cabinets that are attached to tables or walls, and furniture that has complementary shapes, so they can be put next to each other.
Get rid of clutter. One rule of thumb is if you haven’t used something in 90 days, recycle, donate, or release it. If you adopt a strict policy about the things you keep, you’ll create more space not just in your house, but in your life. Steve at Creative Space Organizing is a master of this!
Furniture that matches colors
Choose furniture that matches the walls. This allows the furniture to meld into the walls and open up the space for a feeling of space and airiness. Light colored furniture and walls especially lend themselves to this feeling and can give your space really nice feelings of abundance.
Buy an armoire or portable closet. This can allow you to move your close around your space as you need it, and it can even be removed if you have gotten rid of all your clothing clutter!
If your kitchen or dining room is too small for multiple tables, put a table in the entry way or hallway. This way you can have books, greetings, and/or art for your guests, it won’t take up critical hosting space.
Choose a bathroom sink with legs, as opposed to a boxy cabinet. This gives the bathroom more space and if you paint it the same color of the walls it will get an even more “airy” feeling, that we all love in a bathroom.
And finally here are some brief tips that might just trip your idea generator:
- Visit open houses!
- Get Creative!
- Observe what hotels do!
- Observe your friends houses!
- Stay Neat!
- Use wall mounts!
- Replace doors with curtains!