Yesterday I was standing in my kitchen staring at my counter tops wondering how I could gain more room surface space. So I asked myself: What do I really not use?
And then my eyes fell on the red utensil jar.
How many of those kitchen utensils do I really use? Well, only about half of what I had in the red jar.
So I took what I don’t use out and put them away.
Then I put what I do use into vintage jars and added it to the vintage box where I have my silver ware stored. I really like having silverware and utensils out in the open and not in a drawer.
You will find that when you store things out in plain sight you tend to keep things more tidy and organized.
There’s even enough room for my hand and dish soap in the box. So once again I’m utilizing decorative vintage boxes to store what I need in my everyday life.
I always prefer decorative storage!
Thus I was able to clear out and gain the surface space I desired.
The cutting board that you see setting horizontally in the corner has olive oil behind it. The other one is right where I need it tucked behind my clear sugar and tea bag jars.
Then there’s my paper towels and knives. Aside from the microwave, that’s really all I need.
Then I stood in my kitchen staring at my refrigerator, thinking: If I had a smaller refrigerator, say, an under-counter refrigerator, then I’d have even more space.
But then I probably wouldn’t have enough refrigerator space for food. Have to be careful not to go too far! But I will keep that idea in mind.
So if you just stand in your space and look at everything there and ask yourself what you could do to gain space, all kinds of ideas will come to you.
Just look at every single thing individually, allow your eyes to rest on each thing, and ask yourself if you actually need it there.
Then I walked a few feet into my dining space and took what was there into the same consideration. What could I do to gain even a foot or so of space?
The table, my eyes told me. I could gain space by letting down the table leaves.
So I let down the table leaves to gain a bit more room space. I can simply lift them back up if I need them.
In a small space, you need “visual space”, also called “negative space” in the art and design world, in order not to feel overwhelmed.
Since that meant the chairs would be angled, I ironed my homemade pillow coverings and added the pillows to my indoor/outdoor chairs.
I still have the red Christmas (or I suppose it’s for Christmas) floral stems in the vintage postal box. I may not put them away at all because I really like the contrast to the light green postal box.
A small space tip:
When purchasing dining room chairs, consider purchasing indoor/outdoor chairs. Then you have extra seating when you need it outdoors. Multi purpose furnishings are the name of the game in small space living.
If you live in a small home, try doing as I did and look at every single thing in your rooms where you desire or need more space. Ask yourself what you really need and what you can put away or purge.
I’ve learned from personal experience that this is a great way to visually expand your space and declutter what precious space you have.