I just read an interesting quote from architect Mark Schratz when talking about his 980 sqft home “It’s not minimal living; this is just small-scale living” he said. I think he hit the nail on the head. I hear that phrase a lot “I’m a minimalist”. Mark’s take is that minimalist living is not just pared down but also stripped bare while small scale living seeks out rich textures and high quality materials used in small spaces. Big difference.
In a recent article about his design philosophy, he speaks of his mechanical spaces functioning like a Swiss army knife- everything intertwined and dual purposed. I love this way of thinking and it speaks to my own sense of design. As you seek to organize your life and remove clutter, remember that living efficiently doesn’t have to mean living without warmth and character in the home. I have found that the smaller and more functional something is, the more likely it will be expensive as it often is multi-tasking. For example, I once saw a wall separating a kitchen and bath made from opaque tempered glass. This was not an inexpensive solution (and not the image I am posting as an example) but one that saved inches of floor space while flooding the bath with natural light from the already bright kitchen. It was genius. What will they think of next as the world embraces smaller and smaller living spaces as the norm again?
Neatfold...can you say it’s a gift from heaven? Seriously….Ok, maybe a little exaggerating but this simple bracket does make folding sheets neat, easy and fast. Martha Stewart once wrote a whole article about folding fitted sheets. I kid you not. Obviously America has a real problem here. If she had the Neatfold she wouldn’t have had to do that. Honestly, a cabinet with crisp linens all lined up in tidy stacks is a joy to behold. Visually, it creates a sense of organization immediately. It won’t sort them into twin, full size, queen or king. Nor will it separate towels from bath mats. After all, you have to do SOMETHING to make this your dream closet. Add a few baskets for managing small toiletries and medical supplies and your new closet will become a fabulous asset rather than a daily nightmare.
Someone asked me not long ago, what are the steps to get started to achieve a space that’s beautiful and functional. I can’t say it better than this great article from Houzz.
We love Saturdays in the store. People come in with napkin drawings seeking solutions for tough spaces. Some break out their cellphone photos in hopes that we can wave a magic wand and make it all disappear. Others come with scaled drawings on graph paper and detailed explanations of how their dream space should perform. Many have nearly lost hope that there’s a solution that will ease their storage pain.
Someone stopped by yesterday asking how we could maximize their home office closet that is filled with paper supplies, DVDs and manuals etc. Can we add drawers or pullout trays? That works if you have a wide door opening but not so much for a closet that is 40″ wide with a 30″ door where the drawers will either smack the door frame or cut off access to the corners.
The best solution sounds awfully simple but it’s the most effective. Your savior will be adjustable shelves…and plenty of them. Yep..not too deep, not too high, just right.. adjustable shelves. Most closets will have 4-5 shelves in them but we’re thinking more like 8 spaced anywhere from 6″-12″ apart. Use a center support on anything more than 27″ wide to avoid bowing. Add bins for small products like boxes of staples or paperclips. Avoid stacking too high – it’s a pain to pullout the bottom item. Use the extra shelves to separate the stacks. With this kind of flexibility, you can flip things around like a giant game of Tetris until everything slips into a spot giving you…. home office nirvana.