Finally, the fun part! Yes, it's true, ask any organizer - setting up in your new space can be fun. By tapping into your creativity and ingenuity, you can set up your home to create an environment engineered to your life and personality.
Have a plan - know what you want from your home.
Shelter is the obvous one. How about the following?
- specific hobbies
- frequent houseguests
- home office
A caution: when moving in, plans for the future somehow have a way of taking over and valuable space gets allocated for something that never comes to be. Inevitably, the space gets used as a catch-all for other things. Set up your home based on what fills your time today.
If you're moving into a bigger space, don't be in a hurry to fill it up. This can mean learning to say 'no thanks' to the generosity of others. It also means taking time to get to know your new home and your habits in it. In organizing terms, our homes are giant containers storing the categorizies of our lives. What that looks like is as individual as we are. So don't feel obligated to use all that kitchen storage space for kitchen stuff. And why not take down the kitchen cupboard doors on if you're the type of person who likes to see everything.
Creative use of space truly is the fun part.
Here's a sample of how some of my clients have made their spaces work for them:
- an unused bank of kitchen drawers becomes a file system for someone who doesn't cook a lot
- yoga and meditation are practiced in the 'dining room' of another
- a shelved linen closet became a sporting goods locker
- a garage houses a blues band complete with mounted flat screen tv and internet
- And my personal favourite: a 9 year old's dresser drawers were home to shoes and stuffed animals.
To make your space really work for you, pay attention to your natural inclinations. You will be glad you did.
About the Author
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.