The idea of creating an organized dream space in our own home seems elusive, a possibility only to the Martha Stewart’s of the world. We see these amazing rooms on Pinterest and in magazines and we think achieving something this beautiful and functional is unattainable for us. Maybe it’s because you have a room in your home that you just can’t get to work that makes you feel this way. Maybe it’s because you just have so much stuff that you can’t get under control. But I assure you, you can have that dream room in your own home.
The first step in creating a dream space is to get clear about your goals for the space. Start by defining the purpose of the room. What will you use it for? What functions does this space serve? Who will use it? Why is the space currently not working for you, and what is the root of the issue? Answering these questions will dictate how the project should be approached.
Creating a dream space is all about bringing your vision to life. It’s the externalization of internal stimuli. A dream space aligns form and function. It flows naturally, and serves its purpose effortlessly. When you achieve a dream space, you feel at ease while inhabiting it.
Next, it’s time to get some inspiration. Use a tool like Pinterest or Houzz to collect images that reflect the space you are trying to create. This step is about envisioning yourself in that space as you imagine it should be. Imagine the function first. Only then can you seek inspiration. If you are captivated by the great room in Architectural Digest, you will be disappointed by the limits your small living room offers. What is it that you want to do in your space? The utility must drive the formation of the vision.
Part of the process is to envision your room functioning in line with your vision. Once you have that clear vision it’s time to make sure your habits are in line with the function of the room. If, for example, you have a propensity to toss things on the sofa next to where you sit and never put them away you will always have clutter. It’s not until you’ve amended your habits that inhibit the function of the room that you will ever achieve your end vision without lots and lots of work.
Once you have a clear vision, start working on your space and your habits to make that dream a reality. It may be tempting to slowly make small purchases and add them to the room, but this can throw the project way off track. The goal of efficiency is grounded in process, and adding more stuff with new purchases will inhibit this. With a clear plan in place, each adjustment, every step, and every purchase can serve the greater purpose of the space and work together.
Starting a project of this size can be overwhelming. If you have trouble spotting the real issue that is throwing off the flow or the function of your space, consider working with an efficiency consultant. A professional can help you to identify problems, as well as bring your vision together. Working with a consultant will ensure your project stays on track and can steer you away from unnecessary purchases or delays.
Whether you get help or go it alone, creating a dream space can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Breaking the project down into manageable pieces and sticking to your final vision will make the process even more enjoyable. Soon you’ll be using your magnificent space to its fullest potential.
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