Storage

small space living storage

The best storage solution is none at all.

Often we think we need clever storage solutions to have an organised home, when really we just need less stuff… When it comes to storage ideas for small space living, I believe the first step is to declutter like a boss so there is less to store and you are left with only your favourite things.

I find when you love the the things you own, your useful items become your design aesthetic, especially if they’re made from natural fibres… household tools made from wood, natural grasses, horsehair, linen etc often look good enough to be left out on display so there’s no need to hide them away in a cupboard. For example we store our broom on a peg rail in the kitchen, and our spare white bedsheets live stacked in a wire basket on the shelf in lieu of storage space.

It’s easier when everything matches… for example The Minimalists recommend choosing a favourite item in each category and having a few of them.. so for example rather than having a bunch of different pens, find the best pen for you and buy a few of them (and donate the rest), we do this with things like towels, facewashers etc… I have even started applying it to jars that I save to store pantry foods bought in bulk, so that there is consistency in the design, kind of like the way mass planting works for landscaping. Somehow with less different kinds of things, it’s easier for the eyes to ‘rest’.

Baskets are another good idea with small space living, especially for little people. I store Ol’s clothes in woven baskets on the floor of his bedroom so that he can easily reach them and dress himself in the mornings (plus I don’t have to fold his clothes…. bonus!).

When it comes to rails I’m all about brass s hooks which work to create extra hanging space on towel rails and clothes racks.

Vertical storage is also another goodie as touted by Marie Kondo… storing things like cutlery vertically in baskets makes them easy for little hands to reach and frees up valuable drawer space in a small kitchen.

By overall, if you’re looking for storage ideas, I would start with…

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Making a rental house a home

How to make a rental house nicerSometimes it’s the little finishing touches that make a home feel cosy; like a sheepswool draped over an armchair, a fresh bunch of flowers by the night stand or a few tea light candles above the fireplace.

Sometimes even a very basic bathroom can be made to look so much better with just a small vase of flowers and some fresh linens.

In fact, beyond our furniture, it’s often the little ‘accessories’ that actually determine the feel of a home. Over the years I’ve developed a few favourites… Continue reading “Making a rental house a home”

Slow living

Downsizing to a smaller place for a bigger life

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

– Graham Hill, LifeEdited

Six months ago we started living closer to our values and moved from a big house in the suburbs to a narrow 75 square metre workers cottage that shared a wall with our neighbours on both sides, just a few streets back from the beach.

Our families thought we were mad to downsize just as we were expecting the pitter patter of more little feet, but the way we saw it we were gaining so much with a more walkable bayside suburb, a tighter community and a smaller cost of living and environmental footprint.

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