Rethink how you use the space in your house. 01.16.13
Here’s the deal. I have been in hundred’s of homes since I started my business. Many times I see people adhering to the purpose of the rooms the way the house was built years ago. They put large dining room tables in dining rooms that will be used once or twice a year, master bedrooms are made the size of football fields while closet space is lacking. I see guest rooms while there is not a place to have an office, creative area, sewing area or gift wrapping area.
When my husband and I moved into our house the master bedroom was huge and the guest room was the perfect size for a queen bed, 2 night stands and a bench. By making the guest room our room, I was able to transform the very large master bedroom into an office, sewing room, my dressing room as well as a guest room. It was so big I could zone it for a variety of purposes that would not have been possible anywhere in the rest of our 1500 square foot house. In one of my client’s homes we made an entire room a walk in closet. What a difference that made in his life. I have made a room that was once a child’s room into a dressing/meditation room for a Mom who had sacrificed her own space and needs for years.
I ask people to consider what is important to them in their lives at the moment. I ask them to consider the purpose of the rooms and ask what they have to gain by leaving the room that is rarely used as is. I ask them to shift their thinking to see if the room was given a purpose relevant to today, might it enable them to have something they are longing for now?
Honor your dreams. Use your space for things that serve you now, not people who visit once yearly, meals that happen infrequently, or the architect who built the house. Make guest rooms into sewing rooms or dressing rooms or make them into walk in closets or man caves. Give it a try or just give it a think. You will be amazed at what you can come up with. Enjoy your new space!