10 pounds of sh*t in a 5 pound bag.

We are all feeling it right? The close and sometimes suffocating confines, a feeling like the walls are closing in around us? It is a regular occurrence for most people these days with government imposed lock-downs and curfews due to COVID-19. For the first time in our lives the whole family is under one roof all day long for months on end. Kids are being home-schooled, parents and spouses are working from home and we are seeing a whole lot more of each other. Something is bound to give right?

Maybe you just need a nice quiet spot to retreat for a few minutes away.

Argh, the house is so much messier now!

How do we manage to keep our space relaxed, cozy and tidy while still having it accommodate many new functions? Well this article will help to address this, as it is my very first Q&A on design and decor. Welcome! Let’s dive right in shall we?

Kim, from Georgia asks: I live in a very small home (1000 sq ft). Now that Corona has forced 3 people home full time each space needs multiple uses. My way to deal with that has been to scale back each room. I took out all the “fluff” so that each room could be easily multipurposed on the fly. Some days my husband works in the spare room, Kai works at kitchen table & I work in our bedroom. Some days we all shuffle depending on who needs privacy vs access to kitchen, etc. Is there a better way to manage this and still have our home feel homey but not cluttered? Thanks! Kim ps: I’m a minimalist by nature.

Is there a better way to manage this and still have our home feel homey but not cluttered?

Maybe you’ve heard the expression “Trying to fit 10 pounds of sh*t into a 5 pound bag”? I think that accurately sums up what our homes and personal spaces are doing as of late.

Not all of us have large homes with ample room to spread out. From small condos to moderate size homes there just isn’t enough space. Kim has the right idea with the shuffle of people based on the priority for each particular day. An added bonus is that she is a minimalist by nature so that helps conquer the majority of clutter issue.

Having each room serve a dual purpose is paramount right now. I think the main thing that needs to happen is to have a separation between school and work from our down-time. The dining room table can serve as an office with space for a laptop and papers but at the end of the work day remove all work related paraphernalia to an empty drawer or basket nearby so that you are not reminded of “worK” when you should be resting.

Maybe you are lucky enough to have a spare closet in which you could build a temporary office (think a work surface aka shelf at desk height inside the closet) then when you are done for the day you can simply close the door and all the clutter is out of sight.

A great example of this: My uncommon slice of suburbia

The same rule can apply to your spare room. If it currently has only a bed in it you could easily add a small portable table in the corner with a comfy chair and you then you will have another workspace. A bonus with this is when you have guests (post-pandemic that is) this little space will be a welcome spot for them to keep their phones and any paper or books that they bring with them. Think of it as a little hotel with everything your guests will need.

The one thing I absolutely swear by is the “mulit-purpose” piece of furniture. Think an ottoman that doubles as storage or hides a pull-out bed. A secretaries desk (with or without the top shelving) that displays a mini-bar or your family china but can easily be converted into a work space. Bonus points is that you can close it up and not have to see the clutter when you are done working and it is still a beautiful piece of furniture!

Another workhorse piece of furniture is the sofa table. Not only does it act a as great room divider and hide the boring backside of a sofa but it can be used for so many things. The sofa table (which doesn’t always have to be behind a sofa FYI) can display some of your cherished photos, be home to a lamp for extra lighting, serve as a place to sit and eat while you watch tv and be a home office.

As mentioned earlier the key is to keep these dual functioning spaces as tidy of work stuff as possible. It is important that you have the separation between work and play because you are spending so much time at home these days.

If you are in need of decor or design advice please drop me a line or leave a comment below.

One response to “10 pounds of sh*t in a 5 pound bag.”

  1. Thanks Pamela! These are all great solutions. I especially love the closet desk idea!


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