Space planning and organization

I was just wondering if anyone has thought about expanding the scope of the website to include organization at home or planning of space, or any ideas relating to the same? Would that be inappropriate?

I am moving homes and because of the difference in size of apartments, what worked in my previous home will absolutely not work in my new home, and I need to rethink about how to organize the space and make it function efficiently on a daily basis- so I thought of checking here.

Please let me know your thoughts- whether space organization belongs in this website or not- thanks!

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I think it's up to Ygor...

Douglas Johnson (Johnston?) who started this site has long ago disappeared from the scene, as have all the regular contributors. Ygor appears to be the one in charge, so it should be up to him if this site evolves into something a bit different. I wouldn't mind your suggestion since I also follow several decorating/home interiors websites.

Ikea site?

On the topic, I would highly suggest checking out Ikea's web site. Being Swedish, they specialize on maximizing small living spaces. Our local Ikea has entire "apartments" in their store, showing various ideas for how to use the tiny space the average Polish apartment has (under 500sq ft), and contains two rooms besides the kitchen and bathroom. The key to small spaces is to make every element possible do double duty. For instance, we slept for years in the living room, on the sofa. Our sole criterion for choosing a sofa, in fact, was how good it was as a bed to sleep on nightly. American sofa-beds are mostly useless, but Ikea has some nice ones. :-) (yes, we always bought ours at Ikea.) Another key to maximize space is to go vertical. Again, Ikea has lots of ideas--you don't need to buy their stuff--we've adapted a few of their ideas with non-Ikea furniture. In any case, there is good stuff out there.

As to this site... Some of us old-timers have faded away. I have to confess I fell off the wagon back in 2010, when I had to go to the States for six months without any stable place to call home. That meant I could not print things out, and could not rely on having paper things available. I printed out some things before going, but I mostly relied on my Mac and iPhone, but mostly my iPhone, and the MobileMe calendars, etc. The only paper item I really used was a printout of a Google spreadsheet which I used for scheduling meetings, and as a hard-copy backup. I think twice while traveling, I went to an Office Depot or such, and reprinted the spreadsheet from a memory stick. But for the first time ever, I was forced to do everything electronically, including receipting and expense reporting (I have some printout forms I've posted here that I used to use). Since then, I just haven't gotten back into the paper planning much. I still read here (get the RSS feed in Google Reader), but I don't comment much--very rarely, in fact. But I do read every followup comment, and if there's something I can add, I try to.

I can say, however, that yesterday, I printed out David Seah's Emergent Task Planner forms in A5, and started using them again. It was good to be back on paper for _something_. ;-)

-Jon

ikea hacker

Hi.

To piggyback on ikea, there's also the ikea hacker website. For folks who buy stuff from Ikea and then alter it somehow to change the look, form, or function. It's interesting for taking basic ikea ingredients and personalizing them or repurposing them.

shris

Wow!

Just Google® the terms "Ikea hack" or "Ikea hacker" and there are tons of interesting results. Thanks sris!

-Jon

Thanks... I was thinking

Thanks... I was thinking along the lines of home storage solutions and organizational ideas on what home items to group together so that the day flows more smoothly rather than running around looking for stuff e.g. how to put together/organize a home office cum library cum art studio or how to plan the layout of a perfect efficiently functioning bathroom or a closet etc -and ikea/ikea hackers sounds good- will check out the sites.

my prob now is I am moving to a much larger apartment from a much smaller apartment- while my current apartment i had painstakingly made into a well-organized efficient machine with everything neatly stacked and within an arm's reach, none of my organizing or storage solutions will look good or work well anymore in the 3500 sq ft apartment that i am now moving into and am at a bit of a loss. I was looking for ideas about how i could use the entirety of the large space well aesthetically and in an organized manner but without the hassle of having to walk from one end to another looking for stuff and losing time in the process, since it's going to be only two people living there. Again it boils down to how cleverly I can organize the home.

But as btrgrnmal says, I presume its upto Ygor and he would be well justified to regard home organization ideas as a different subject altogether if he deems so.

And good to hear about Jon's finally being able to use a paper planner again.. I am just not the digital type- will be lost without my paper planner! so can totally empathise with his state the last couple of years.

Debbie

going bigger!

none of my organizing or storage solutions will look good or work well anymore in the 3500 sq ft apartment that i am now moving into and am at a bit of a loss. I was looking for ideas about how i could use the entirety of the large space well aesthetically and in an organized manner but without the hassle of having to walk from one end to another looking for stuff and losing time in the process, since it's going to be only two people living there. Again it boils down to how cleverly I can organize the home.

But as btrgrnmal says, I presume its upto Ygor and he would be well justified to regard home organization ideas as a different subject altogether if he deems so.

3500sq ft!!! I presumed you were going smaller, hence the need for efficiency. :-) Still, one never knows... Ikea and others may have solutions to help with that as well. The key is to group functionality, as you suggested.

I think the real problem with discussing these things here isn't "permission" per se, or organization of the site, but competence. This site has always been rather focused on paper-based organization, and the folks here, and the structure of the site are very good at that, but in other areas, I can easily imagine that we would be all over the map.

For myself, having lived in 60M2 and now a 130m2 homes (that's about 600sq ft and 1400 sq ft), I can't imagine something almost three times the size or our home, which is what you are dealing with! :-)

My only thought is to think in islands, but that may not work if the space is too large... Hopefully, however, _somebody_ can speak up. Hate to leave you hanging... :-)

-Jon

Functions

Hi.

I haven't had a space as large as yours, but I have traded up in size.. You have to decide on the function of each area, and keep things there that relate specifically to that function. You may also find that buying duplicates of certain items (like scissors and pens and dustpans) will help--you can keep one in each area that needs it so you don't have to run around looking for stuff.

Example: I have a pair of scissors in nearly every room of the house, each one labeled with the room it belongs to. That way, even if they wander temporarily, we know where to return them. And they're less likely to wander in the first place. So I keep a pair in the box with the wrapping paper, another pair in the kitchen, another in the office, one in the garage, one by the sewing machine.. I also have a dustpan and whisk broom in each bathroom as well as the kitchen. Spare pens are kept in the office, but we have 'in use' pens in the kitchen, office, bedroom, sewing area, purse, etc.. I also have cleaning rags in each bathroom as well as the kitchen. Cleaning supplies are in each bathroom and the kitchen. Spare towels are kept in each bathroom as well as the kitchen. The kids' sheets are kept in their bedrooms under the bed in a box. The guest sheets and pillows are stored in a box under the guest bed.

The point is to decide what function each room has, and consider what is needed to make that function most successful, and keep all of it there. That may mean buying duplicates of some things for convenience sake. It's up to you to decide what's worth it to have extras of. Personally, I *hate* hunting for scissors. :) It will take time to evolve your arrangement for best use.. And I have found that no matter how big the space I'm in, I can always fill it with stuff. Try not to be in a hurry to do it. :)

shris

Personally am finding a

Personally am finding a larger apartment much more of a headache than my more compact earlier one..But yes I will go slow ..maybe things will fall into place over time.
And yes, duplicate sets makes perfect sense- a lot many more ideas regarding this cropping up in my head now! Thanks for the time and the thoughts Jon and Shris

Shris, I think you are my

Shris,

I think you are my twin -- I do the exact same thing with labeled scissors, cleaning supplies, sheets, etc. One of the best things I did for home peace was to label the cordless phones by room....

Decide how you're using each area, organize each as its own area and then as it relates to others. Give systems a try, and if they're not working, be willing to tweak.