People often tell me they feel limited because of the small spaces in their home. If you are feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, lost, or discouraged by your space, you are not alone! I hope you will find lots of tips and encouragement here to help you take control of the tricky areas in your home. ❤️
The first piece of advice I give is sometimes hard to hear. It is time to declutter! When your space is crowded and not functioning for your needs, it is important to make some big changes. If this feels like uncharted territory, I recommend reading The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. It can be tough to make a lot of decisions and say goodbye to the items that no longer serve you or fit in your home, but that is where you start to see the possibilities of your renewed space.
EXPAND YOUR STORAGE
After you only have the items you plan to keep, it is time to find each of them a proper place to be stored. When space is tight, you will want to look for storage solutions that make use of commonly unused real estate in your home. This might be under a bed, on the back of a door, with the use of a new shelf, or even in a tight space between furniture. You will want to choose systems that are easy for your family to access and maintain.
FIND UNIQUE SOLUTIONS
Often, people will tell me they cannot have the life they want because their home lacks the features and benefits of newer, larger houses. While it can be an added challenge, the size of your space does not dictate your success. One priceless tip is to look at the unique needs of your family and think outside the box for solutions. If you rarely have guests, it might be time to let go of the guest room and give it a new purpose. If you do not have a pantry in your kitchen, you may need to set up metal shelving in your basement for the majority of your supplies and keep only the most frequently used items in a cabinet in the kitchen.
CREATE A MULTIPURPOSE SPACE
If your space is small but your needs are many, you might benefit from thinking about how a lesser used room can fulfill more than one function. A cube organizer might open up the possibility to turn your dining room into a homeschool room during the day and go back to entertaining friends in the evening. Under the bed storage and a folding table might allow you to keep a hobby you love without sacrificing a whole room by making it easily portable.
When you stop being controlled by the rules of organizing and managing your home, you open up new opportunities to create a space you love.
Small Space Solutions
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