The Family Home-Defining Your Space

As you can imagine I work with a lot of families. Its the same challenge- finding space. That can be tough in the city where space is at a premium. I grew up in Texas and always had a lot of space in my childhood home and my first apartment. Not so much in Chicago.

The first thing to do is evaluate what you need space for in your home. Here are some of the main categories:

1. Food
2. Clothes
3. Holiday Items
4. Memories
5. Toys
6. Hobby or Sports Equipment
7. Toiletries
8. Costco Shopping
9. Seasonal Clothes (winter coats)

After deciding what you need space for, then decide where you are going to store things. Yup, that is it- define your space. This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see in homes- non defined space. If you don’t define your space, it will become a free for all. A type of drop and stop place.

Some questions you need to ask yourself:

1. What do I need and use on a regular basis?
2. How much space do I want to dedicate to specific items? Do I want one toy room? Toys on every floor?
3. Are there items I don’t need and can get donate or sell them?

When defining your space, take one room at a time. For example the hall closet. This should contain the families coats, gloves, hats, and scarves. It should also contain the grab and go items such as sunscreen, sunglasses ect.

1. Hang up all the coats. If they don’t fit in the closet then you need to either create a coat over flow area or put them in bedroom closets. Other options for coat overflow are placing a wardrobe rack in the basement for hanging coats or binning up up to store in an attic.

2. Containerize the accessories such as gloves and hats. Make sure that everyone knows where to put their stuff. Depending on your hall closet, you can use baskets or an over the door shoe holder to contain them.

This is one small example of how to define your space. This can be implemented in every room of your home. Take it one step at a time.

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