S. LEE WRIGHT
HOLISTIC INNER DESIGNS
Homes are part of our self-identity, self-definition.  Which is why we decorate our homes, dream about building our own home one day, and take care of our lawns. Human nature links us to wishing to have a place to belong. It grounds us and gives us a framework of how to see ourselves and therefore how to outwardly act.
Our homes reflect who we are or who we want to be

Our homes reflect who we are or who we want to be

I subscribe to this belief.  People and their spaces are interconnected, in a dance each effecting change in the other.
To create a happier life, I believe our spaces are best to be more ORGANIZED. If we know where things are and can easily find them, our stress levels – both conscious as well as unconscious – start to DECREASE.  In a modern world where stress is at epidemic levels, this is something we all need to strive for.
Don't let your stuff turn into clutter

Don’t let your stuff turn into clutter

The Millennials are helping us all to start to embrace a new world.  One where stuff has less importance and a greater weight is placed on shared experiences and adventures, love, sharing time and being connected.  Again, another reason to make sure that whatever stuff you have does not control or own you.

The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after you lose everything

that you’re free to do anything.

~Chuck Palhniuk, Fight Club

So, the key to this is to think through your stuff, where you use it, what you use it for and how to best STORE it.  Thinking about the FUNCTION first is key to all great design.
I have compiled these ideas that I have used over the years on projects to help my clients to make more use of their spaces. I adore working on using every single square inch in a space because it makes sense – even when we have large spaces, the more functional they are the better we live in them.
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HANGERS.
These space savings hangers are a worthy treat.  All our clothes can fit into half the space when you use these thin hangers and invest in specialty hangers for all your stuff.  Closets are not to be cluttered and out-of-sight, out-of-mind. Click here
The right hanger can literally double your hanging space.

The right hanger can literally double your hanging space.

GO VERTICAL.
Use all your real estate and go UP.  Often, we keep everything low and within hands reach but you can add shelves that are high up on walls, that can house books, holiday ornaments or that box of old photos that you want to keep but do not need to have access to daily.  However, it is important to make sure you that you CAN reach it when you want to, even if that is only once a year. Make sure you can get access to ALL your storage.  This slim step stool is a great resource to have handy. Comes in pretty colors too. Click here
Go vertical. Storage cabinets all the way to the ceiling.

Go vertical. Storage cabinets all the way to the ceiling.

MORE DRAWERS.
If I could say one thing about kitchen design is that I would only have DRAWERS if it was possible because they are 1000x’s more practical than the traditional style cabinets where things get lost inside them for years.  When you can’t replace all your cabinets with drawers, here is the next best thing. Add this insert into your kitchen sink cabinet and it will organize your cleaning products and allows you to lift it out as a basket to bring with you the areas in which you need to be cleaning.  What a god-send for those of us that loath cleaning in the first place. One less excuse! Click here to see Hafele products
Drawers are simply more easily organized

Drawers are simply more easily organized

ADD HOOKS.
Hooks on a wall can transform a hall into a storage space incautiously.  Make sure to measure the depth of them in especially narrow spots and place them at the right height to not hit any vital bits of your body when passing. (i.e. make sure it won’t hit your eyes when turning the corner quickly for example.)
Wall hooks can add so much more organization to the smallest of spaces.

Wall hooks can add so much more organization to the smallest of spaces.

SEASONAL APPROACH.
Make sure you change your clothes in your closets and drawers with each season.  Even if you live in a place with relatively similar climates in each season, it is good practice to get into to allow yourself to remove one set of clothing and replace it with a new one.  In the modern world, we are a lot less connected with the seasons in obvious ways, though our bodies still react to the diversity of nature’s seasons and this reminder can help us to stay in touch with the balance of nature too.
Removing your clothes each season also allows you to check in to see if you are wearing everything you own, or if you are still holding onto things that you simply never wear anymore.  I practice this myself and every season I find myself donating at least one bag of unused items.  It is more about my style shifting over time, and I subscribe to the belief we ought to only wear things that we feel a million bucks in.  Holding onto items that we do not enjoy wearing is simply a waste of space.
Use these vacuum sealing bags to store your out of season clothes in minimal space and without the fear of any moths or other damaging pests to hurt your winter cashmere sweaters when not in useClick here to check out vacuum sealed bags

 

A space needs to be functional as well as pretty

A space needs to be functional as well as pretty