Thursday, 18 January 2018

How To Get Organised Living In A Small House



Like most of us I run a very busy house and I am always on the lookout for ways to keep it running as smoothly as possible. We are a large family living in a teeny tiny house, but we love our cosy corner of the world and we don't want to move to somewhere larger because we are happy here. We adore our neighbours, our quirky little road and our creaky old floorboards so moving is not an option for us, so we have to try and be organised and keep on top of any clutter. I am someone who likes lots of bits and bobs around me. I'm not a minimalist, I like lots of retro and kitsch nick knacks but I do have to limit what I buy (mainly my bargains from the charity shop) to keep my home organised. So here are a few tips to get organised around the home if you are a bit limited on space.


1. De-clutter: The first thing to do is to have a good de-clutter. You can even earn some extra cash  doing it by selling your unwanted stuff on Ebay, at a boot sale or your local Facebook Sales page. If you have stuff you haven't used for over a year then get rid because you are highly unlikely to use or wear it again, stop telling yourself that you might because you really won't. It is simply not worth hanging on to, taking up precious needed space in your home. When you live in a small space you have to be pretty ruthless and declutter regularly. It feels so good when you do.


2. Organise your work space: I have been blogging for ten years this year and in the early days I didn't have a dedicated work area, mainly because of have limited space in my house but I can't tell you how essential an organised workspace is if you blog, study or you simply need somewhere to store your paperwork like bills, passports and other important documents. I like to be able to put my hand to anything I need without pulling the whole house apart to find that important document. You don't need to try and squeeze a desk into your house for this to work, you can simply put up a shelf with binders for your bills, a tray for documents, lidded boxes for envelopes, staplers, tape and other stationary essentials. There really is no excuse for losing your passport.


3. Lots of Shelving: On the subject of shelving, this is a great way to store your clutter. If you have empty walls then use them. I love walking into a house that has lots of shelving, it can give your home personality. You don't have to have everything on full display, you can buy some attractive storage boxes to chuck clutter into without your shelves looking a mess. 


4. A Family Notice Board: Hanging a notice board in your home is a great way to keep the whole family organised because at a quick glance they can check diaries, event times/dates and if you invest in a combination notice board and magnetic whiteboard (perfect for a small space) you can leave each other important notes and messages. A whiteboard is great to scribble a quick message to a family member if you are in a hurry, or to jot down a quick reminder for a shopping list or upcoming birthday/appointment etc. I love the Sundeala Combination Board (pictured) because it is perfect if you are short on space combining both a notice board and whiteboard. Plus they are made from 100% recycled materials!


5. Hooks, Hooks & More Hooks: I have hooks everywhere for all sorts of things. I hook my keys, clothes, bags, scarves, coats and brooms. As the old saying goes 'A place for everything and everything in it's place' hooks are a fantastic tool for making this a reality. I find things so much easier when I know they will be hanging on a certain hook in the house, especially great for keys. I'd be totally lost without my key hooks.


 Do you have any space saving tips?

1 comment:

  1. Oh my, how I need to de-clutter! Wonderful ideas. I am currently working on my boudoir room. The smallest room of the house converting it into a walk in closet. I named it the boudoir room! Will certainly add shelving.

    ReplyDelete

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...