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Getting Creative with your living space

Great use of space under stairs in your foyer

No matter the size, shape or colour on the walls, our living spaces house the routines of our own unique life.  The secret to being well organized is to adapt these spaces to our individual routines, not the other way around. 


Who says you can't have bookshelves in the kitchen? And who says they must hold books?  Creatively using our spaces to facilitate our routines can put our daily routines on auto pilot, saving us time and energy


Image above showing great use of space under stairs in your foyer

The age old organizing adage - everything needs a home - is the basis for creative use of space. 


The possibilities are endless when choosing homes for our things.  And there are no wrong answers. Remember to give your home's best real estate to those things you need, use or rely on most often.  Do not store holiday decorations in your front hall closet!


Another benefit:  once you decide where something will live, and provided it gets put back after use, it will be there when you need it.  And yes, sometimes things need to move.


'Group like things together,' another guiding principle of home organizing

This means separating your life into its various parts and storing those things in the same proximity.  Functional areas like these decrease our 'trying to find it' time, who wouldn't want some of that?


storage shelves

'Benefit of multiples'

Scissors are a good example of the benefit of multiples.  Rather than wasting time looking for the scissors in the home office area to cut some flowers at the kitchen sink, have a pair in both places.  Locate, use, put back - a simple routine that will truly make daily life easier.

About the Author

Deirdre Getty

Calgary professional organizer, Deirdre Getty, with Fine Line Organizing Inc., specializes in helping individuals of all ages who are challenged by disorganization.  From excessive saving and difficulties parting with possessions to ADHD challenges, Fine Line offers individual sessions, extended workshops and on-going clutter classes.  Join the conversation on Deirdre's FaceBook Page.

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