In the quest to find ever more space in our homes, we often neglect to think VERTICAL. Beyond installing more shelves and bookcases, look around and see if some of your furniture may be able to be tipped on its side to give it a fresh new look.
This is what I did here with our Ikea TROFAST unit. I removed the pull-out bins and stacked two units on top of each other. This way, it can display my son’s collection of foam Halloween houses he has been building. When it’s not Halloween, this is where I display my oversize bowls and cake plates that are too big to fit in my kitchen cupboards.
In case you’re wondering, this is the way the Ikea TROFAST unit usually looks:
Rather than buying new furniture, see if you can find more space in your house by using your existing furniture in a different way. You will get more space AND save money!
Would this kind of desk work for your kids? Perhaps it would even work for YOU as a bill-paying, schedule-checking, paper-management area in your home. I like how it forces all of your stuff to live inside that crate, preventing the “Stuff Creep” we all have to deal with, especially when it comes to mail and paper. Maybe it would even work to corral your kids’ Legos! What do you think? Would this kind of desk/workspace work in your home?
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So this really neat thing happened to me:
I was contacted by Real Simple magazine to submit a tip for their article “76 Greatest Organizing Tips of All Time.” The magazine is the October issue, which means it is on newsstands now. This is so thrilling for me! For professional organizers, Real Simple magazine is the closest thing we have to an “organizing publication,” so this is a big honor.
My husband and I celebrated with at least 2 bottles of champagne: One when the fact-checker contacted me (because that was how we knew I would definitely be in the issue) and the other bottle for when the magazine actually came out.