Clutter Chronicles Part Two: Space & Clutter

Space is the final frontier... No seriously it is the final frontier. It is the last thing we consider and the first thing will fill up. In most situations the space we have is either limited by structural design, number of items in the space, and/or poor space planning. All three deprive a room of function and focus.

When a space is limited because of structural limitations we tend to get frustrated or we get creative.

We all have worked or lived through tight conditions. Finding space in any small room can be a daunting task, but there are options.

If the space is limited because of design, consider:

1. Remodeling (obvious choice, right!).

2. Utilizing the wall space (i.e. hang floating shelves instead of a large book shelf to open the room)

3. Finding dual purpose furniture (there are furniture pieces that can be reconfigured for multiple uses).

Space becomes more precious the less we have of it. Yet we continue to fill our work spaces and homes with things.

We all have needs, wants and desires for things. This is not inherently good or bad. The issue that arises is when our need for things shadow the need of function, focus, and flow. A home or business that sacrifices the functionality of it's space limits it's outcomes.

If the space is limited because of things, consider:

1. Have we/I/the company utilized all of the items in this space? If not what could we donate, sell or give? (keep your receipts for donated or sold items).

2. What items are simply not useful? Those that will not benefit the space or the people utilizing it?

3. What do I really want this space to be? Can it function that way with the items already there?

Space whether large or small can be liberating or overwhelming. Poorly planned spaces are not productive.

In many cases we poorly space plan for lack of understanding it's importance.

If you are in a home or a business spaces should be planned. Not only for style and preference, but because it sets the tone for efficiency, productivity, timeliness, and organized action.

If the space is poorly planned, consider:

1. Assess what doesn't work, why, and who's daily activity is inhibited.

2. Remove what is unnecessary.

3. Do not block walk ways or put everything against a wall.

4. 'Play' with the layout. Take pictures of the various layouts you configure. Choose one that best suits the needs of the individuals using the space.

If your space is limited by more than one of these use the considerations from each. Or reach out for more assistance (here).

Ashley Austin-Hill is the organizer/owner of Rules of Arrangement, organizing services in the Dallas-Fort Worth Area.

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