You know that saying “A place for everything and everything in its place”? Some say that phrase may have originated in the nautical world to promote conserving space and keeping things tidy on a ship. It makes sense since every inch counts on a boat. But every inch counts in your home, too.
Clutter is stressful, unsightly and inefficient. No matter how much we may try to pare down our “stuff”, it has a way of creeping out unless we actively plan storage space with our possessions in mind. Closets, shelves, cubbies, drawers, and key pieces of “functioning” furniture will all contribute to the storage spaces you need. But make sure to think this out as part of any renovation or redesign plan.
Analyze how you use the items that you want to store. Ask yourself:
- Do I use this enough to justify giving it prime real estate in my home?
- Is this item so bulky that it gets more valuable space than it really deserves? Could it be stored someplace that is harder to reach to free up prime space for smaller items that are used more frequently?
- If I buy in bulk, can I store some of the item in a primary location and the remainder somewhere else?
With one of my current commercial clients, we actually took that last question a step further and placed a note on the bottom of the stock stored in a main area to tell the user where the remainder is stored. (Planning for those forgetful moments we all have!)
When I design a kitchen, I actually accompany the design with a document that outlines where I suggest each item be stored. This planning is done up front because it also works as a great check list for the renovation. My client reviews the plan before we get too far into the process and often says “oh… but I also have this and we need to figure out where it will go”. The list helps us make sure that we have a home for everything.
It all gets back to making the space you live in (or work in) feel good!
Our lives are all crazy… remember how important it is that the spaces we spend time in feel “just right” to us.
Here are a few photos from Houzz.com to inspire you!