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Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space Paperback – January 1, 2012
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While we may admire the spacious rooms in large homes we see in magazines or on TV, let's face it: most of us don't live in rambling estates. Instead, we live in homes, apartments, or condos with small rooms and even smaller closets. But you can enjoy an organized, beauty-filled life no matter what the size of your space. In this practical book, you'll learn how to
perform a room-by-room audit of your space to see if it's functioning at its best
make the most of existing storage space and find clever ways to add more
find creative ways to arrange furnishings and accessories that maximize space and bring harmony and style to the home
live graciously in a small space with others (especially those who aren't organized!)
Whether you're an empty nester who's downsizing, a newlywed setting up your first nest, or someone who just needs some creative new ideas, you'll love these strategies, tips, and solutions to maximize space and enhance your quality of life.
"Packed with practical and stylish tips, ideas, and resources to help you take your home from drab to dazzling, no matter what size your space or budget."--Laura Leist, author, CPO and founder of Eliminate Chaos; former president of the National Association of Professional Organizers
"Kathryn provides oodles of useful and affordable home organizing and decorating tips, information, and resources. She also shows that a home doesn't have to be large in size to be graciously grand in spirit."--Kitty Bartholomew, former HGTV host; decorating correspondent for ABC-TV's The Home Show
"This book will inspire you to rethink every inch of your dwelling to create space and live peaceably with your belongings. It's one of my new favorites to recommend."--Marcia Ramsland, author of Simplify Your Life, Simplify Your Time, and Simplify Your Space; www.OrganizingPro.com
Kathryn Bechen is an award-winning writer, a bestselling book author, a consultant, and a media resource who writes about simple, charming, elegant living focusing on DIY home and office organizing and decorating. Since 1992, she has been interviewed for her expertise by many regional and national media outlets, including Martha Stewart Living Radio, Woman's Day, Family Circle, Woman's World, All You, Moody Radio, and The Washington Post. Please visit her at KathrynBechen.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love that quote. Who wouldn't want to center on possessions that "make your heart sing"? Why keep anything but?
When the opportunity came up to review a book about living in a small space, I jumped at it. I need ideas. Lots of them. I know I can do this. At least, I keep telling myself I can. The hard reality of doing so is going to hit me real soon. Our home is almost finished.
Reading Small Space Organizing was the inspiration I needed. Kathryn shares many practical ideas for living with less. She shares:
"... it isn't just about the space; it's a lifestyle choice that's rich with blessings and--if you make it so--with beauty. (p. 18)
"...it's not just a physical process. It's also an emotional time of letting go of possessions and sometimes of sad memories, and also a time of remembering happy, meaningful family moments that took place there." (p. 26)
If you don't have room for possessions that have a special meaning, take pictures of them and put the pictures in a special memory album.
I'm a lover of cedar chests, but there is only so much room in a small home for them. I may have to get rid of one or two of mine so I appreciated Kathryn's suggestion to store seasonal clothes in suitcases.
Kathryn also recommends:
"... paint the walls and ceiling white or a soft pastel color to create a light and bright welcoming feeling." p. 53
Done! I like light and bright anyways which helped me determine the colors for my new (old) home. But it's nice to know it will also make it seem larger.Read more ›
Each chapter is broke into areas of you home, where the author goes through each section describing ways to help you maximize your space. I found the book interesting, but was a bit disappointed that most of the ideas included buying special furniture, or special storage containers. And she is correct in the fact that having the right tools, the right furniture peices and the right containers can make any space, small or large look professionally decorated and managed. I think I was looking for more practical ideas of how to maximize what I have without buying anything new. I live in a small space and storage is an issue, so I was excited for a chance to review the book. However I did find the book easy to read, and interesting, and got a few ideas to help maximize my space.
Learn more about this author at her website [...] 234 pages $US 12.99 3 stars
Available January 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
This book was provided for review purposes only. No payment was received for this review.
Covering everything from living in one room to life on the road in an RV, Kathryn gives her reader the ins-and-outs of small space living. There is little, if anything, that she has left uncovered. Moving from foyer to bath, covering baby's room, office and kitchen and everything in-between, Kathryn helps her readers create beautiful and functional homes by downsizing, organizing and utilizing the inexpensive, the unusual and the extraordinary 2nd hand find.
I've read many organizing books and I'd have to say this is, hands down, my favorite. Highly, highly recommended.
"Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
DISCLAIMER: I received a free copy of this book from Revell for purposes of review. I wasn't required to give a positive review, only a fair and honest one. My opinions are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this little book very helpful as we transition from a larger house to a small house. It also confirms that I've been thinking along the right lines for this move. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Cheryl J. Scharling
I am still reading this book but think I will find it helpful. It's easy to read and has lots of suggestions and examples for living well in small spaces.Published 13 months ago by Marie