Chic Tip of the Week

Courtesy of HGTV today... I've been thinking a lot about small space living and came across this advice that HGTV dished out a while ago. It was great and helped me realize what I needed to do in my own house, but also that these things don't just apply to small houses, but also large houses! So, be sure to read them and take notes, cause there's a TON of great tips here!


Conquer Clutter
There's nothing that makes a small space feel cramped more than having too much stuff. Curbing your clutter before you move in will keep you from getting overwhelmed on moving day.
How do you choose what to keep and what to pitch? Don Aslett, author of Clutter's Last Stand: It's Time to De-Junk Your Life, says to give each item the same test.
"How long you've had it, who gave it to you, how much it cost -- all that's irrelevant," says Aslett. "Just ask yourself 'Does this enhance my life right now?'"
If you haven't touched it in two years, it goes. Ditch anything you have in duplicate. If you have children who live elsewhere, tell them to pick up their stuff or it'll get sent to the curb. Leave behind notorious clutter items like unfinished projects, unread books and paint and cleaning products that are more than half empty.
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Make Sure Your Furniture Fits the Space
Organizing a small space starts well before you move in. When living in small spaces, it's important to find furniture that is in scale with the size of the room. Start preparing for your move by measuring your furniture to see it if fits.
"Large homes can easily accommodate oversized furnishings, but a smaller space will feel cramped and stuffy," says Monica Ricci, founder of Atlanta-based Catalyst Organizing Solutions.
If you're moving from a larger home, you may also have too many pieces of furniture. Texas designer Dawn Burns-Pratt, ASID, recommends using masking tape on the floor to visualize the size of each piece. This will also help you think about how you'll arrange the furniture in your new pad.
If you've got bulky or extra pieces, sell them through consignment or classifieds and use the money toward buying smaller stuff that won't overwhelm your new square footage. Tailored furniture tends to look better in a small space than big, overstuffed pieces do. Also, choose furniture with visible legs to establish a more open, airy feel. But don't fall victim to "doll house syndrome" -- buying furnishings that are too small to be comfortable or practical.
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Figure Our Your Priorities
Because small spaces are very limited, you need to figure out your priorities and allocate accordingly. Some people need a desk area, but not a dining area. Some people want a living area and would prefer a bed that folds up. Make the space work for your needs and don't hold yourself traditional dwelling arrangements. After all, it's your home.
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Use It, Don't Lose It!
When you're living in a small space, every square foot matters, so plan your storage scheme carefully to make sure you're using every inch. Think about how often you use each item, and draw a diagram that shows where each item will go. The less often you need to access an item, the less accessible it needs to be.
Living in small spaces presents two options: Building up or building under. Consider using tall bookshelves for a more dramatic effect, or take advantage of the space underneath your furniture to store things you'd love to keep out of sight. Need a place for your out-of-season clothes? Banish the under-bed dust bunnies in favor of a storage container. When Santa isn't in town, store your Christmas decorations on high shelves.
Be sure to make a list of what you do put in long-term storage so that you won't lose track of what you do have and end up buying duplicates. Get creative to maximize your storage space. Multipurpose furniture -- like a coffee table with hidden storage -- is a must for a small room.

Don't worry, you can take it with you.
Accessories, fabrics, artwork, rugs, light fixtures, drapes, mirrors -- they all add wonderful style to a rented space and are all wonderfully portable. Even bare walls can be dressed and undressed, with moldings that you add for architectural distinction or stick-on wallpapers and decals. Even if you're not renting, temporary decorations allow you to personalize your home quickly and change it on a whim.
Items that stimulate the senses can also contribute to making an impersonal space personal, says L.A. designer and artist Elizabeth Moore. "Every home, even an apartment, needs an aspect of water. It adds a feng shui kind of vibe that's very soothing," she says. "In an apartment you can have a little fountain. That nice trickling sound is so musical. Fish tanks are good, too." And when it's time to move, pack up your little waterworld and go.
What did you think?! Great tips, right? I'm so excited for next week's post... cause I have something super special for you!! If you have a tip you'd like to share, please comment below and let me know! Can't wait to hear from you guys!


Jamie said...

I need to take some of this advice

Jae said...

really good reminders!

Anonymous said...

this is an excellent post...needed these tips as i have just recently begun the decluttering process so that it will be complete before my next move.