WRITTEN BY JESSICA MCCLENDON
It’s easy to think you need to live like a robot to have a beautiful home, but that’s not the case! The design for your home should always support your unique lifestyle. Designing a house that embraces your life and look is easy: Notice how you live.
I always encourage my clients to note their daily routines so we can set up a space to best serve them. Do your shoes never seem to make it to the bedroom? Do backpacks get left on the floor by the entryway? Do your coats just get thrown on the nearest piece of furniture? Don’t berate yourself. Just notice. Then you can make design choices that will help make your life easier, less stressful — and yes, more aesthetically pleasing.
Examine Your Entryway
Are shoes, purses, backpacks and scarves piled up? Are there stacks of mail? Can you never seem to find your keys? Notice what you need when leaving and notice what you naturally do when you come home. Don’t judge; just observe.
Why set yourself up for failure? Just accept yourself exactly as you are and make your home serve you, “bad” habits and all.
Once you’re clear on how you use your space, you can choose systems and tools to accommodate your habits.
Coats. You might think the solution to your coat pile is to hang your coats in the coat closet. But when it really comes down to it, will you? Maybe the act of opening a door, pulling out a hanger, putting your coat on the hanger and hanging it back in the closet will just always be bypassed for the one-step option of throwing it on a chair.
If you know this about yourself, choose a one-step coat-hanging option, like hooks.
Mail. I have a client who uses baskets just like this in her front entry; she tosses in all the catalogs and magazines that arrive in the mail during the week. On Saturday mornings she takes the basket into her kitchen and goes through it while she drinks coffee. It keeps her organized with minimal effort.
Once you know your needs and have picked the tools that can serve you best, it’s time to pull everything together.
That’s not where most people keep vitamins, but that location serves her family best.