How can you learn to see like an organizer? When an organizer (or a designer, space planner, realtor and others) walks into a space they are trained to “see the possibilities”. This useful process begins with re-training yourself to see your space with a fresh set of eyes. I recently co-presented on this topic at a local home and design show and along with another local kitchen designer and organizer, we shared how we have learned to cultivate the practice of seeing with a fresh set of eyes! It’s something that is said over and over to professionals in our industry, “I just need a fresh set of eyes” and it’s something we can all cultivate!
So often we put things where we put them and forget about them. Sometimes we literally forget where we put things, sometimes we put things in certain spots out of habit and sometimes we just glaze over and stop seeing what’s right in front of us.Practice cultivating the art of seeing by shaking things up! Click To Tweet
- We get accustomed to seeing or rather, not seeing what surrounds us daily.
- Be willing to try something different, be open to other peoples suggestions & ideas.
- Seeing things with fresh eyes is a creative process, look for inspiring ideas (magazines, websites, experts).
- The skill for seeing things differently can be cultivated.
Pausing and asking ourselves to take a fully conscious moment in our space to learn to cultivate the art of seeing can begin by asking ourselves a few questions.
How do you feel when you walk into a space?
- What feelings are evoked when you walk into the space? Something pleasant, or stressful? How do you want the space to feel?
- What do you do in the space and how do you use it?
- What doesn’t need to be here?
- How would you use the space differently?
Rethink how you use your space.Does a space feel uncomfortable or off somehow? Spend some time there and determine why you are unable or uncomfortable in the space. If you had a blank slate, how could you use the space differently? Sometimes it’s a simple matter of re-arranging the space, other times, replacing furniture with something more functional might be a simple solution.Now, close your eyes & Imagine the space transformed!
Learning to see like an organizer might mean de-cluttering and imagining a home for everything that is used in the space, or maybe it means completely re-imagining how the spaces is used. Practice envisioning your space transformed into exactly what you need and imaging how it feels.
Common pitfalls that can prevent us from achieving our newly envisioned organizing goals can include, lack of labels, lack of lighting, buying containers before the stuff has been purged and sorted and overfilling containers. Leave yourself a bit of extra space in each bin, overstuffed spaces are hard to maintain!
Organize by Category
Transform awkwardly defined spaces by determining specific uses first. Think about how you want to use the spaces. Determining your needs and assigning the space a specific category for use can lead you to unexpected surprising and successful solutions! Below, the solution started by defining a need for easy access snack storage!
Make the Most of Unused and small spaces
- Go Vertical-Hang it! Look up in the Rafters, or store narrow items on the wall
- Consider Inside/backs of cabinets & doors
- Awkward spaces like under the stairs, unused closets or niches can create beautiful and functional storage
Store things where you can see them
Hang things like jewelry, accessories, small tools, hardware where you will see them and use them daily!
Create simple customized solutions
Tricky spaces sometimes need clever solutions. If you know what you need to store in a certain spot and can’t find an off the shelf solution, work with a handyman or carpenter to build something to your specifications. Custom doesn’t always mean expensive or complex! Above, a custom closet created just for overflow paper goods and ironing supplies-closer to the clothes, away from the laundry area)
Finally, Make it Easy + Make it Fun!
- Aim for organized…not perfect
- Repeat what works
- No right or wrong way
- Your space, your style
- Have a friend help
If you have been able to cultivate the art of seeing like an organizer but have lost your momentum once you begin the process, head over to this post to check out how to maintain the momentum of your organizing project! Do you have examples of how you have transformed a space by re-organizing or design? I’d love you to join us and share them over in our Facebook group!