As a professional organizer, I research ideas for organizing all the time and what I discovered is that organizing tips can feel trendy and inappropriate for some. Its not a one size fits all type of solution. Using organizing products like bins may help but they don’t make you an organized person. In general, its those habits you keep that allow you to maintain the basic principles for organization.
When living in a small home, you may have a limited amount of space to own many things, but my best tip is to gain a new perspective about small spaces. Its not about what you deny yourself, but rather, how you expand your life by living in a small home.
“Your home may have gotten smaller but your world just became bigger” I see living in a small space as a great opportunity to surround yourself with the things you like or love, creating comfort without much maintenance. The hassle of keeping up with your life turns into living a life full of outside activities such as meeting friends, exploring your world or being motivated by new interests.
Living with the essentials can change depending on what stage of life you are in. Are you living single? married with children? or empty-nester?
Either lifestyle you choose, living in small spaces can work. You’ll have the inclination to need less when you resolve to living this way.
The best practices for living in small spaces is to know your current priorities in life. Know what you can and can’t live without. Choose an anchoring piece for each room. Have a place for everything and add time to your daily routines so that you can put things a away when life is too busy and gets messy.
10-15 minutes added to each task will assist you in not only completing your task but allows you to go the extra time to put things away immediately. Cooking is a good example; you make time for your meal, eat and then return to clean up your kitchen.
Once you apply these new perspectives, it won’t matter what amount or space or design you prefer, your home will have a flow and ease and can support you in your endeavors.