Our den has morphed yet again!
I know it seems like we’re changing things in there every other week–and trust me, that is not my personality–but we had an amazing offer come our way, and we just couldn’t pass it up!
A few weeks ago, some friends of ours mentioned that they were getting rid of their couch and matching love seat since they were getting an upgrade. They are really nice and neutral and in great shape, even after years of use. The best part? They were offering to give them for FREE!
We knew we wanted them (partially as a longer-term investment in seating space) but had to figure out a way to make it work.
Adding furniture to our house means something’s gotta go. So, the desk moved to the dining room and the bookshelf/console in front of the dining room window went to the attic, ready to sell.
Now, the dining room window looks like this:
The desk feels a little casual for the space (good thing we have a casual house!), but I really think it was the best option.
Then, we just played furniture Tetris, and here is where everything landed:
Our house is SMALL (1,200 sq feet), and with two children, it is feeling increasingly so. Just as I described our space challenge in the kids’ room, the same goes for every room in our house.
And that got me thinking that I would share a few tips that I’ve picked up from living in a home with limited space:
1. EVERYTHING must have a place
I think this is one of the most important things for organizing any space. That folding chair, the mug on the counter, the craft supplies…where do they live? The kids get a new toy at Christmas? Make it fit into the room’s plan. Having a place–on purpose–for each thing in your home makes clean up a ton easier (and quicker!), especially if everyone in your house knows where that place is.
Keep the mentality of “spring cleaning” year round. If you live in a small house, this is a necessity. We have small (and few) closets in this old ranch, so we have to make them count. It’s not helpful to have those full of things that I don’t really need.
3. Rethink the current set up often, especially when something new is introduced
Rearrange. Keep things fluid in your set up. This is a newer concept for me. We got a new couch and love seat. So, what was gonna go? Technically, we may have been able to cram an extra sofa in without losing anything in the room, but we like that we still feel like it breathes a little bit.
4. Scale furniture to the size of the room
The longer we live in this house, the harder this is. But, it’s helpful to not have too much or too big of furniture pieces in a small room. A huge armoire overwhelms the space and dwarfs the room. Keep things to scale.
A few examples of space-saving techniques in our house:
store wrapping paper above the door frame in a closet
use a kitchen magnetic knife strip to store bobby pins, safety pins, etc.
hang command hooks inside closets for bag storage
add shelves to small bathroom closets to maximize storage
add dresser to children’s bedroom closet when there’s no space in the room
Does anyone have contributing ideas? Please share! And happy spring cleaning! 🙂