Making Your Small Family House Organized and Lush
Although having a bigger home would’ve been cosier, I realized that there was no need for that if you can make small places look as good and functional by using everything to your advantage and learning from the best. That’s why I began following a lot of different interior design blogs and started reading home improvement articles religiously until I got the idea how to make my space work for me while not taking away the aesthetic factor.
So, here is what I’ve learned.
Organized space with the addition of chic accessories can make a home of any size look amazing. How did I get organized? Well, I must admit it was tough in the beginning. I started following a popular method of decluttering, The KonMari Method. Namely, it suggests you throw away everything that doesn’t spark joy. That cute high school cheerleading outfit? Don’t really need it. That pair of jeans that no longer fit? Get rid of them. So, step by step, I threw away or donated most of our clothes. After that, I was left with so much space I could use for things that are actually necessary. And so, my organizing journey began.
First, I decided to tackle the kitchen. I cleared all my countertops and tried to keep them as minimalistic as possible (although it’s hard with all those sippy cups appearing out of nowhere every time I turn my back). I introduced some storage racks and hung wire baskets on my cabinet doors. After decluttering I felt like decorating the kitchen just a little bit. I’ve ditched the artificial air fresheners (those are full of harmful chemicals anyways) and decided to bring nature into my home by putting a vase with a fresh bouquet of peonies onto my kitchen countertop.
In my bathroom, I hung a shower caddy to hold all of my family’s toiletries and added some storage under the sink for towels. I also realized I needed a small medicine cabinet to put in my essentials like my night creams, perfume bottles, and other smaller skincare and makeup products.
Then came the bedroom. When me and my husband went shopping for beds, I realized we should get one of those beds with storage. Turns out they were a real life saver. You can fit so much into those storage spaces – I used them to store all our seasonal clothing like puffy winter jackets and extra bed linen. I also added some storage to our wardrobe as well. I went and bought small linen baskets to help me get organized with the endless amount of underwear that just continues popping out of the washing machine (how did I end up with so many socks and bras anyway?).
As for the living room, I noticed that all those Australian interior blogs I’ve been following were full of praise for curtains, talking about how they can add elegance to your space. Many of them opted for purchasing nice curtains in Melbourne to make the living space look more luscious and sophisticated. So, I took their advice and decided to see for myself. I can’t describe how excited I was when I hung them and saw how perfectly they fit in my living room area. I noticed how they immediately added texture to my space and, since they were long, they made the room appear larger than it actually was. I also added a few chic ottomans to hide the clutter. I love ottomans because they’re so versatile – they can be the room for storage, extra seating and an improvised coffee table.
In the meantime, I also I had to do something about my kids’ habit of leaving their toys all over the place. I went on and created a playroom area by using open shelving units to give them some space to play. Another thing I did was to install a chalkboard wall to keep them from drawing on the walls of my living room (it can get pretty stressful having to repaint the whole room for the second time this year). Also, I taught my kids how every toy has its home and how, after they’re done playing with it, it has to go home. Now, I don’t have to worry about sitting on my living room sofa only to find one of my daughter’s Barbie’s head is stuck between the cushions.
With a little bit of creativity, every home can be turned into a comfy oasis, no matter how big or small it is. Whatever the square footage of your home, as long as you’re having fun with your family and keeping the clutter under control, there’s nothing to be worried about. At the end of the day, being able to relax with your family and enjoy the simple pleasures in life is all that truly matters.