A small home needs to have all the smart hacks when it comes to storage solutions. Clutter can take over very quickly, but if you have the right tools in place, your small space can be a place of beauty and serenity, with an added dash of cosy.
An excellent place to start is with Marie Kondo, organizational consultant and author of the New York Times bestseller . Her method for a beautiful home, of any size, is to begin with a cull of things you no longer need or want – even beloved items you’re hanging on to because of their nostalgic value.
Her patented ‘KonMari’ system is about the ‘letting go’ of many things you’d usually stash away in a cupboard forever. As she says in her book, “Putting things away just creates the illusion that the clutter problem has been solved.”
One of the most interesting lessons from the book is that most homes do have enough storage, and it’s more a process of how you store. Once you have taken out the things that engulf your home and make your wardrobes and cupboards groan, you’ll be amazed to find you don’t need new built-ins or extra wardrobes. So, reclaim your space!
Stylist, author and influencer , is a keen advocate for making a decorative feature out of your storage. “It’s really about balance,” says Jason. “A mix of decorative and functional storage will really make a small space shine.” Jason recommends using open shelving high up on a wall to draw attention upwards and to enhance the sense of space. For stash away items, such as throws, rugs and extra cushions, built in benches and joinery add to the usability of a room and keep essentials out of sight, yet close to hand.
So small spaces should rejoice, a new sense of order and added beauty is just one weekend of culling, cleaning and curating away.