I can't tell you how many times over the years I've heard a client complain that their organizing woes would be over if they just had a bigger house. Unfortunately a bigger home means more house expense and less disposable income for your day today living and retirement goals. Not only that, but the worst part is that it's almost NEVER the solution. Well drat! If a bigger house isn't the solution to your organizing challenges, then what is?
In my nearly 20 year career organizing homes and offices I've learned that maximizing your space using physical infrastructure, in conjunction with reducing the number of possessions you own is the only true long-term solution to an organizing challenge. This two-pronged approach ensures that you have ample, easy-access places to store things and with less to store, it's easier to find what you need. In our last home, my husband and I shared a small walk-in master closet that was 8 feet deep by 6 feet across.
An EIGHT foot by SIX foot rectangle. For BOTH of us. A few years into this silliness, I finally designed a new closet that doubled the storage capacity and saved our marriage. Whew!
Today I want to share with you some before and after photos. The befores are pictures of closets that didn't work and afters show the difference after quality infrastructure was added to the space.
The top row is a spare bedroom I helped my client turn into a gorgeous master closet! It's still one of my favorites of all time!
The middle row of photos is a small shared master closet with pitched ceilings, which is always a challenge. We not only fit everything in but we had room to spare and when this couple sells their home, the new buyers will be ahead of the game in the master closet department!
The bottom row of photos is just one wall of a very large, but poorly designed master. When we were done, it not only held double the items, but it looked much better.
So before you even think about cracking open Zillow to go house hunting, consider that you could stay in your present home longer and save a ton of money simply by evaluating the space you have and using it in a whole new way!