Organizing a home is a huge challenge or an opportunity, depending on how you look at it. But the task becomes even more demanding when you are dealing with a small house.
You have to meet the requirements of aesthetics as well as functionality. You also need to cram all your family’s belongings into limited space, and ensure everything is accessible as well.
Small-space organizing is as much as an art as it is science. A tiny home gives you very little canvass to work on, but if you get it right you will be able to pack in quite a powerful punch in the limited space.
Creative and optimum utilization of space is essential in a small apartment or townhouse. This becomes all the more critical if you have small children in your family.
If you are struggling with small-space organization here are a few helpful tips to help you with your job.
Purge and Declutter…..Everyday!
The sheer amount of stuff that comes in every day into your house will both surprise and stun you. If you are not choosy and do not keep tabs on what comes in on a daily basis, clutter will build up and overflow in no time.
This is especially troublesome in a small house or an apartment where every square inch counts.
When unnecessary stuff accumulates you will find it hard to find storage space for stuff you need. Unruly clutter also mars the appearance and beauty of your home.
So the next time you go shopping, stick to buying things that are absolutely necessary in your home. Do not buy décor items or art pieces for if you have no plans for immediately using them. Do not indulge in impulsive shopping. Also, when you bring home a new top, ensure you remove another unused or old item from your closet. This will stop clutter from accumulating and taking over your home.
Invest in a bunch or two of high quality hangers or long-lasting ones like cedar hangers, and ensure that your clothes collection do not grow to require more hangers. Setting limits is the wisest thing to do if you do not want to own more stuff than is required.
You may be raised in a huge six-bedroom house or a sprawling country home, but career and our choices take us to places where a huge house is absolutely not realistic. The key to managing life in a tiny apartment is to first and foremost be happy and grateful for the lovely home you have.
How beautiful, cozy and comfortable it is depends a lot on how you manage to ease out the sore areas.
If you browse interior décor magazines and the internet you will see that it is possible to have a space-efficient, lovely and luxurious house, no matter how small it is. So put your thinking cap on and see how you can maximize what you have.
Creatively managing limited space also means making do with less or multi-purposing what you have. A craft room or office room may not seem possible in a tiny space, but with a little creative juice flowing, the problem can be solved. Put a secretary desk in a corner of your living area to create a work zone when required. You can close it up when not needed thus freeing up the space.
Make Use of Vertical Space
It is very important that you do not clutter and crowd floor space. A messy floor will only make your house seem smaller and suffocative. So you need to consider utilizing vertical space. The higher you go the less visual space you take up.
Consider floating shelving units or brackets to store handy stuff. You can make use of space behind doors where you can have recessed storage area. You can also consider mounting shelves above doors to access valuable storage space, and they also do not make a room look too crowded and desperate for space.
Hanging pot racks are a great idea in space-starved kitchens providing a place to hang your pots and pans.
Optimize Closet Space
If you manage to maintain a trim and limited wardrobe, you will be able to free up space in the closet to store other stuff.
You can double storage space by adding extender rods and under-shelf baskets. Hooks are your best friend when it comes to maximizing closet space. You can hang virtually anything on sturdy hooks including suitcases, handbags and accessories. Wire shelving is another option that is cheap and highly effective.
Once you have culled out some free space in your closet you can use it to shove in a dresser or you can even design a craft corner where you can store your craft supplies. You can also consider utilizing the space for a shelving unit that can hold extra stuff, thereby truly making your closet a super workhorse.
Organizing and maximizing small space is not easy. But if you are persistent and are passionate about making your home look as lovely as it should, then it is very much possible. Some smart storage