Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Using Mirrors in Small Spaces

Loddon Weathered Wood Scrollwork Wall Mirror

Lodden Weathered Wood scrollwork Wall Mirror

Why You Should Use Mirrors in Small Spaces

Regardless of the size of the room, light is an important element in home decor. Light enhances the furnishings and the colors in the room.

Natural light is ideal but sometimes it’s lacking in a space so including mirrors in room design is a favorite choice by many interior designers.

Mirrors and Light

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How to Personalize a Small Space Rental

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The Challenge:

Renting rather than buying your home presents a new challenge. How do you personalize your small space while keeping within the terms of your rental agreement?

The primary challenge for living large in a small space is how to create a warm and inviting home while finding the best use for every square inch without creating clutter.

That’s quite a challenge in itself.  But it’s not impossible. It’s totally doable.

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The Challenge of Small Spaces

Small Space Challenges and How to Deal With Them

There’s an interior designer from Boston, MA named Gary McBournie and this is what he says about small spaces:

“I prefer living in a small house. It just puts its arms around you and makes you feel at home.”

That’s a lovely sentiment and it’s exactly how I feel in spite of the challenges that are part of small space living.

I do know something about the challenge of small spaces.

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Decorating Ideas from Pinterest

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Pinterest is a goldmine for small space decorating ideas. 

If I’m looking for a recipe or beautiful artwork or a clever quotation, I can always find dozens of ideas on Pinterest, one of the fastest growing social networks. It’s kind of the photo equivalent of Twitter!

My Pinterest Boards include Small Space Solutions, Home Style, Kitchens, Inspired Garden Ideas.

Except that instead of short 140 character posts, Pinterest is a collection of small photos representing dozens of interests.

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How to Organize Your Closet

A relaxing bedroom retreat is on everyone’s wish list, right?

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(Updated 1/11/2019)

Nearly every decorator or designer recommends that the very first room you should complete is your bedroom. It’s your sanctuary…the place to go at the end of a long day. It’s where you regroup, relax, rest and it’s all yours…a private retreat.

Unfortunately, it’s usually the last room we decorate because it’s a private area and we want our public areas decorated, first.

We need to change our thinking about that!

I don’t know about you but if my bedroom is disorganized it’s not a retreat and I can’t relax. So organizing that space is pretty important.

1. Start with the closet.

A small bedroom is difficult to organize especially if it’s shared by two people. You’ve got double everything…clothing, shoes, accessories and finding space in a small space can be frustrating.

2. Next…sort and purge.

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If you’re just moving in, you’ve probably already done that but if not…now’s the time.

Here’s how to go about that in an orderly way:

Take inventory of your clothes and shoes

Move out-of-season items to another place

Decide what kind of storage system will work for you so you don’t buy boxes and bins that won’t work.

Measure the space. That’s important when you go shopping for any organizers or shelving systems.

3. Make a plan.

How much closet space do you need for hanging clothes? Do you have more short items like shirts and pants or longer items like dresses and robes?

Do you need shoe storage? There are hanging shoe bins which work well. I have one in my master closet. I love it because I can see all my shoes at a glance. Shoe shelves that sit on the floor are great, too.

Most closets have enough room above the shelf in the closet to install a second shelf higher up which is perfect for out of season clothes packed in bins or blanket bags. Or suitcases.

Which Closet System Fits Your Needs?

You’ll get more bang for your buck with a really good closet organizer.  I absolutely recommend getting one for each closet.Closet Maid Closet SystemThis one is a beauty for a small closet. It’s by ClosetMaid and it’s available on Overstock.com. It can totally be customized to fit your space. This particular configuration is designed for closets from 4 to 6 feet wide. Of course, you can get larger systems, too.

If you have a big walk-in closet (unlikely in a small space but not unheard of), Overstock.com has so many great closet systems and organizers you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

  • Some systems have drawers, shelves, and rods in many configurations.
  • There’s an installation guide with all of the options.
  • Some additional options include shoe racks and corner shelves…you name it.

In my guest room, I’ve got a hanging shoe organizer and a hanging shelf organizer. It’s great because I don’t have a chest or dresser in that room but when my company comes, they can still unpack their suitcases and make themselves at home!

The point is, you can make this work whatever your situation.  It’s affordable and has so many good reviews.

4 Creative Cluttering Tips for 2019 is another post you’ll want to check out.  It’s my first post of 2019.

I would love to have your thoughts on these suggestions and any unique solutions that might be working for you, too.

Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned!

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Best Kitchen Storage Ideas

Kitchen Storage – A Universal Dilemma

Well, if any room in the house is almost guaranteed to have a lack of storage, I’d say the kitchen wins, hands down!

There are a couple of tricks you can employ to ease the situation but first and foremost, it’s back to that pesky “purge what you don’t really need” task.

I don’t know about you, but I have to confess to having a kitchen drawer filled with odds and ends…stray cookie cutters, a knife sharpener, jar openers, the odd canape knife, twist-ties, plastic forks or knives, straws, pencils, pens, a screwdriver, odd nails & screws…you get the idea.

If you’re like me, half of the pens in that drawer don’t even work…you scribble a little on a piece of paper and if it’s not working you just toss it back in the drawer. And when was the last time you used that knife sharpener?

My point is, that drawer could be put to MUCH better use!

Vertical Storage Solutions

Another common storage problem is how to store cookie sheets, trays, cutting boards, cooling racks, etc.  I had mine in the bottom drawer of my oven but every time I needed an item, it was nerve-wracking trying to get to the one on the bottom…because what I needed always seemed to be at the bottom of the drawer. That drawer is a good place to keep lids from cooking pots or grilling tools, etc.

Here’s how I solved that problem: A vertical divider in one of my kitchen cupboards.  Now I can select just the tray or cookie sheet that I’m needing easily with no frayed nerves.  (That’s a food processor peeking out on the left side of the photo).

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My Best Kitchen Storage Solution

Kitchen dividers like this are not expensive, at all, but they’re worth their weight in gold as far as I’m concerned.  And there are dozens to choose from.

When all is said and done, it’s all about organizing…that’s how you maximize space.

Cookbooks

I’m the last person who should be talking about cookbooks.  There was a time when I had hundreds.  I’m not kidding.  I can sit down with a cookbook and read it like a novel.  I love to cook. I had a food blog so they were all necessary resources.

In this day and age, however, there is little need for cookbooks because there’s virtually no recipe that you can’t find somewhere online. There are food blogs galore and food network websites. And yet, I can definitely make a case for keeping cookbooks at home.

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My Cookbooks in the cabinet above my microwave oven

Some of my favorites I’ve had for many years and there are family favorites and recipes that I’ve tweaked so the modifications are noted on the pages.

You know that cabinet that’s above the microwave oven or over the stove or above the kitchen sink? Most of the time there’s a stove vent pipe inside or, in my case, the plug for the microwave and the outlet are inside so there’s not much room.  Well, as you can see, there was just enough room for the cookbooks I’ve decided that I can’t live without.

Pots and Pans in a Small Space

A good solution for storage of pots and pans is to hang them on pegboard mounted on a wall in your small kitchen.  An attractive and sensible idea.

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Consider wall storage for cooking utensils.

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Eleven Amazing Kitchen Hacks!

This video illustrates 11 genius ideas for maximizing space in any size kitchen, but they’re particularly brilliant for small kitchens. My favorite is the cutting board storage tip.

I hope these suggestions will help you think outside of the box for small space kitchen storage solutions. Let me know if you try any of these ideas or if you’ve created a unique solution that you’d like to share.  Send pictures, if you have them.

As always, I’ll periodically update this post so stay tuned!

(Updated 10/25/2018)