Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Architects and organizers both deal with people's space concerns.
I was chatting with architect Edward Love a few days ago, and we noted that sometimes people might not need additions if they simply uncluttered their homes.
But does it ever make sense to remodel a home — or buy a new one — to accommodate your stuff? Sure.
Here are a few scenarios that come to mind:
1. You're a crafter.
Crafting is your hobby and your passion. You've already sorted through your supplies and found new homes for the ones you don't anticipate using. But you still have quite an array of supplies, and you also need work surfaces to do the crafting on. But there's no good place in your current home for all of this — and you're lusting for a craft room like the ones you see on Pinterest.
2. You're a collector.
You've got a carefully curated collection; you're going for quality, not quantity. But even if you do rotating displays — showing off only part of your collection, and changing the display every few months — there's not enough display space, and not enough storage space for the part of the collection that's not on display.
3. You're a homeschooler.
You need classroom space for all that school stuff: books, science project supplies, art supplies, etc.
4. You're someone whose furniture is a mismatch with the space you have.
You love big, overstuffed couches and chairs — and they just don't fit well in the living room you've got. Or you have massive storage pieces, perhaps family heirlooms, which overwhelm your space.
5. You need exercise space.
Unlike the many people whose exercise equipment becomes a clothes rack, you really do use yours. But you'd really prefer not to have the exercise equipment living in your bedroom.
So if you have stuff you use, but are struggling with finding space to store it and make the most of it, you may be one of those people whose clutter problems really are just a matter of inadequate space — and if you can afford it, a remodel may solve those problems. If not, then living in a space that's somewhat more cluttered than your ideal may have to be the answer — and that's OK, too.
Photo from dawniecakes / Dawn Peterson, found on Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons.