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Organize + Energize: 8 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Home

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

 

Do you have a home with limited storage, cabinet, or closet space? Are you utilizing that space the best way you can? Some people think they need to add an addition onto their home or feel that they should move to a bigger space. Wait, slow down, re-evaluate your space and re-organize. 

Here are 8 ways to maximize space.

Get organized. If you’re not organized and you’re short on space, it’s time to get organized! Start with one room. If you’ve been following my articles, you know the first thing I am going to say. Yes, take everything out of the space you want to organize. You can't get a clear vision of the space if there is clutter in the way. 

Use your puzzle skills. Organizing is like a puzzle. If you have a challenging space, you have to utilize every inch of space, and use it well.  In order to maximize space, items should fit like pieces in a puzzle. 

Look at unused space.  Look at empty wall space, under cabinets, under the bed, basement, tops of closets, etc., as a way to store items. You really have to get creative. We have a very tiny kitchen and I don't like to clutter counter tops. I didn't want to store my microwave on the counter. We had empty wall space and behind it was a closet. I had my husband cut out a square in the wall and now the microwave sits nicely in that area. I'm not saying you have to cut through walls, but you really have to have a vision outside of the box. 

Contain items and keep like items together. When items are contained, it allows for better use of space. Don’t just throw items in your linen closet. Keep them categorized, organized in contained bins. It will allow for better use of space.

Move items to other rooms. Does that item really need to live there? Do you really need everything that is stored in the area you’re organizing? Can you shift items to other areas in the home? 

Get creative with products. There are so many great and unique organizing products out there today. Figure out which type of containers you need before you head to the store. Choose ones that will best allow you to maximize the space you have. 

Bring in a professional.  Bringing in a professional who is not in your home every day will have a different vision than what you look at every day. I’ve worked in many different spaces, large and small and will always find a way to maximize your space.

Too much space? People who have small spaces tend to envy people with large spaces. I find that people who have lots of space are not utilizing it correctly. People feel because the space is there they have to fill it. Areas get utilized as drop zones and items get thrown into cabinets with no organization. Organize your large spaces and you will have even more space than you think you have. 

Before you build that addition on your home or decide to move to a bigger one to fit all of your stuff, re-evaluate what you have, get organized and maximize your space. Also ask yourself, “How much do I really need?” 

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, is an organizing & efficiency expert and owner of Organizing in RI. Kristin teaches her clients that living an organized lifestyle will save them time and money, decrease their stress levels and help them become more efficient and productive. Her articles have been published in local and national magazines. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to begin. She is also available for organizing workshops.

 

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Scarf organizer

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Belt organizer

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Tie organizer

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Drawer organizer

This is a must for your underwear, socks, bras, nylons, etc. Drawer organizers will help to maximize space in your closet. You won’t believe the amount of space you will have once you contain these items in drawer organizers!

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Jewelry organizer

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Shoe rack

Did you know people who didn’t own shoe racks were 7 times more likely to show up late for an event? Are your shoes in piles on the floor? Get them off the floor and contain them in a shoe rack. There are many options out there, like this one from Bed Bath and Beyond. Choose the shoe rack that is going to fit what you need to hold and fit in the space you are working with.

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Hangers

Are you hanging your clothes on the wire hangers from the dry cleaner? Those hangers will ruin your clothes. Get rid of them and store your clothes on the hanger of your choice, but be consistent and stick with one type of hanger.

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Handbags

How are you storing your handbags? Are they stored all over your closet? Are they in bins or crumpled up on the floor? It’s time to organize your bags. There are many options depending on the space you are working with. You can stand them up on a shelf, you can hang them, or if they are small, you can store them in a canvas bin. The choice is yours. Think about how you function and develop a system from there.

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Baseball cap organizer

How many baseball caps do you own? How are they organized in your closet now, and how long does it take you to find one? The Container Store (pictured here), Bed Bath and Beyond, and other stores sell this baseball cap organizer. I have a few clients that have purchased them and they love them!

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Function over flash

There are many variations on these products. Choose the product that is right for you. There are some organizing products I would never use, but other people might choose to use them. Choose the one that is going to be the most efficient and productive product for you and your family. Don’t choose a product because it’s pretty, choose it based on functionality. Search online for different products before you rush out and purchase a product. You may find that one store is more expensive than another. Don’t forget if you are going to Bed Bath and Beyond to use their 20% off coupons. If you don’t want to purchase these items, get creative and re-purpose items around the home, or make your own!

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Kristin MacRae

Kristin Carcieri-MacRae, the founder and owner of Organizing in RI, has always enjoyed finding creative ways to streamline the environment around her. She has appeared on air on Patricia Raskin's Positive Business Radio and her articles have been published in the Rhode Island Small Business Journal and New England Home Life. Kristin's CD, Organizing Basics, is a 1-hour guide for the person who wants to get organized but doesn't know where to start. She is also available for organizing workshops. Tune into her weekly radio show, Organize, Energize! on Mondays at 8:30am on www.talkstreamradio.com.

 
 

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