Organizing your Smaller Home

Thinking of downsizing? Moving to a smaller, sometimes much smaller home often provides many benefits. Smaller homes have less area to clean and manage, lower heating and cooling costs, and lower maintenance costs. However, there are several things to consider in terms of organizing a small home to make the most of the available space.

When you have limited storage space, it’s important that you don’t have an overabundance of things. Be sure before you move in to a smaller home, that you go through possessions and get rid of anything you aren’t going to need. Of the things that remain, determine what items will be needed in what rooms. Figure out where you will use each thing, then plan storage accordingly.

Often, staying organized in a small home means that you will have to have visible storage: bins and baskets that remain in plain view. Sometimes, practical things become part of the decor, such as kitchen utensil holders or DVD racks. It’s important that the things you use to organize look good and are functional. If it doesn’t fit in the space you have, don’t use it!

Make your Living Room relaxing

The use of built in shelves or freestanding shelf units for books and display items can give a Living Room a very relaxing and inviting feel. Flat screen televisions, DVDs and CDs can fit nicely on them, creating a sense of order, and making cleaning easier. Ottomans with hidden storage can be used to store away extra blankets and throws for chilly evenings. Coffee tables with shelves beneath the table top can be used for larger books and magazines.

Keeping the Kitchen Clutter free

Kitchens are one area where it’s easy to acquire clutter. Having an overabundance of cooking items can make a small kitchen feel even smaller. Deciding precisely what you need, and what you can live without is key to making your kitchen functional, comfortable, and attractive.

Measure shelves in cabinets to find the appropriate spaces for your spices, dishes, and cooking pans. Pull out bins can be useful in the pantry for storing foods that don’t need to be refrigerated, like potatoes and onions.

Tips for Bedroom comfort

Organizing a smaller bedroom is not just a matter of having a large enough dresser. Knowing how to distribute the available space and organize the closets is key. When there is limited closet space, the area beneath the bed becomes prime storage real estate.

The use of storage bins sized for under the bed can be used for off-season clothing or extra linen storage. The bedroom is another place where built in shelves can be useful, to store books and other personal items. Shelves in the closet are also useful for storing sweaters and shoes.

These few tips can help get you started in organizing your smaller home. It might take a few tries to get the right methods of storage that will work for your life, but once you find the right way to do things, it will be well worth it in terms of stress and ease of management.

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