How to Make the Most Out of Your Living Space
Understanding how to arrange and set up different spaces in your home can be life-changing. Reducing clutter and having a functional and attractive space leads to a clear mind, and you’ll find yourself happier as well.
The golden rule, no matter the size of your space, is being smart about storage. That rule is especially important in smaller spaces. When we think about the layout of a room, we tend to only think about floor space. Thinking this way limits the full potential of the room. Thinking vertically unlocks so much more potential for your space. In addition to this, think about spaces you wouldn’t normally associate with a good storage spot. With the right supplies, you can make just about any space work for how you need it to. Here are a few ideas:
- Floating shelves are perfect for displaying your beloved knick-knacks or keeping your book collection off the floor.
- The insides of doors are a very underutilized space. Hang cleaning tools such as brooms and mops on the inside of the laundry room door for easy access. Purchase a removable pantry door rack organizer for your smaller food items and let those shelves breathe a bit.
- Keep out-of-season clothing in bins under your bed to free up some much-needed closet space. Invest in a hanging shoe organizer so your fresh kicks never get lost under a pile of other stuff.
- Have a space in your entryway for your keys, mail, umbrellas, jackets, and anything else you take with you on a daily basis. This will help clear surface areas within your home. Try wall hooks or a skinny foyer table.
- To free up even more closet space, look into multi-layer clothing hangers. You’ll be shocked at how good your closet can look.
Keeping your home organized will prevent you from getting overwhelmed by many visible items that don’t seem to have a home. It doesn’t have to be expensive either. You can find tons of options and solutions at Walmart and even the dollar store that won’t break your budget. It’s also important to have a plan for exactly what you need before shopping. If you don’t it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the options to choose from. Below are good places to start in your organization journey:
- Something important to do before you dive deep into organization is to declutter your home. Donate old clothes and shoes you don’t wear anymore and sort through all those junk drawers. This process is extremely cathartic and sets a great foundation for getting everything in order.
- Your drawers are a pretty easy task to tackle that can make a big difference. You can find inexpensive drawer organizers online. Anything from kitchen drawers to sock drawers. You’ll be amazed how much easier it is to find what you need with just a little organization. No more junk drawers!
- Another area in your home that you can easily organize is your pots and pans cabinet. Get a pan organizer to keep them easily accessible so you won’t have to clang everything around to get to what you need.
- Your bathrooms are spaces that have great potential for being very organized. Try a tiered, carousel cosmetics organizer for your bathroom counter to make the space even more relaxing. An over-the-toilet, removable shelving unit not only adds a bit of elegance but also gives you some much needed surface space in one of the smallest rooms in your home.
- Turn up some of your favorite tunes to help motivate you or break up the cleaning in between doing something you enjoy. For example: watch one episode of your favorite show and before starting the next one, get up and complete five cleaning tasks. This way you aren’t doing everything all at once and it won’t seem so overwhelming.
- If you have kids, make a chore chart of easier tasks they can complete. Not only will everything get done quicker, you’ll be teaching your kids valuable life skills. You can even create your own reward system to make it exciting.
- Make a to-do list before getting started. There’s nothing more satisfying than getting to cross something off your list. You can see all that you’ve accomplished, and it will make you want to do even more!
- Make it a game for yourself. Set a timer for 5, 10, or 15 minutes and see how much you can get done in that time span. Each round try to beat yourself. You’ll be shocked how quickly things get done with the distraction of competition.