Sometimes changing your life for the better starts with changing your perspective; that’s what has happened for me this months as part of #Re2014.
When we first moved into this home seven years ago, we thought it was huge. With one small child and another on the way, we knew we need something bigger than where we were living. While it was perfectly adequate, the reality was that with both of our ‘hobbies’ we knew we’d reached capacity and wanted to stretch our legs. Fast forward to now and I often find myself wondering if we need a bigger house yet again. But you know what? It’s not the space in the house that is the problem, it is everything I fill it with. No longer can I loftily call myself a “Collector”, no I must be honest and say that it has become hoarding. (First world problems I know)
When my collection grew past one or two types of items, and was no longer neatly catalogued; when every new interest meant a new stash and a new place to put it all, things had really gotten out of hand. As dreamy as it sounds to have a whole room as your wardrobe, the deception is that no matter how much space you have, you will grow to fill it. And so it was that I over ran my house.
Now at an age where my two girls both want their own bedrooms back, I’ve had to relinquish my special wardrobe room and I haven’t done a very good job of it. It’s involved yet more storage containers and piles. More dress racks and boxes and trying to be clever in ways to keep it all stored.
As I sat back at the beginning of this month and began to really think about #ReEvaluating my space situation, I had both a cold dose of reality and an epiphany.
Firstly, I MUST get rid of at least 50% of the stuff I have been holding onto. The garments may have cost a certain amount but physical and mental space is invaluable.
Secondly, SPACE IS RELATIVE. What we do with the space we have makes all the difference, and looking at things from outside the box presented the answer to me.
I began with my studio. Originally a haven of creativity I could spread out in and let my mind roam, this area had quickly become cluttered with towering piles of “Useful”. Once Mr. SKM determined that he also needed to set up a work space in there, it became unbearable. It’d find myself shifting piles into Jenga -like arrangements in the closet, hoping that each time I needed something I didn’t decapitate myself. The work space was gone and the floor resembled a child’s obstacle course.
What was the solution? When is a closet not a closet? When it is a work space!
Here is the (slightly less embarrassing shot once I emptied out the huge pile of stuff in the main section) before shot.
With $50 in my pocket, a tape measure and and an inventive mind; we set out to create this brand new use of a misused closet space.
I decided against styling this up in that perfect interiors magazine style, but rather to leave this exactly the way they are. An honest vision of my transformed space.
There is a space for everything. All my craft supplies, sewing machines and supplies, photography equipment and more. I can see what I need, store things effectively and STILL have the space left over to work!
I know you’ll be curious as to exactly how we did this, so I’m breaking it down into a specific tutorial post along with resources for any of the solutions we needed to buy. All up, the whole project came to $50 for me and has transformed the way I work.
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