How do you even begin to organize a 5,000 sq. ft. home for a family with three children ages 9 to 17, a very active lifestyle, plus a dog?
Storage, Storage, Storage
The first step was to organize all the spaces that were being used for storage – the closets, garage, and pantry. Once we knew how much extra space we had to work with, we could then figure out where best to put what.
Before & After:
This step alone created designated places for a number of same-category items that had been spread throughout the house, such as:
- All suitcases, sleeping bags, duffle bags, and other travel bags
- Ski and camping gear
- Unused A/V equipment, related accessories, and LOTS of wires
- Music instrument cases for guitars, drums, cymbals, a ukele, an er-hu, etc.
- Children’s artwork (lots!), clothes, and toys of sentimental value that are no longer used
- Outgrown clothes, shoes, wetsuits, bike helmets, etc. of an older sibling, to eventually go to a younger one
- Tablecloths and napkins that were in the laundry room and family room drawers
- Halloween and Christmas decor, including old Christmas cards to keep
- Empty boxes to be kept in the house vs. those to be stored in the crawl space
Before & After:
Once we knew where everything SHOULD go, it was just a matter of going around the house and putting things where they now belong.
What once seemed an impossible task became very easy with intentional planning and design. And, we had a lot of fun in the process!
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