A Green Home: Creative Storage

| 12/20/2010 10:47:46 AM

Jaci KennisonJaclyn Kennison is a freelance writer living and playing in the Black Hills of South Dakota. She owns and manages an art gallery and event venue between fits of shopping and redecorating.  

Over the years as I have continued on my quest to green my life, I have also filled my space with stuff; pants with holes in them, used wrapping paper, boxes and bags—things I imagine I will use, someday, for something. As the space in my 420-square-foot apartment dwindles, I find myself looking around and wondering when ‘going green’ became an excuse for my clutter.

In a fit of organization, I found myself looking around my tiny home wondering how I could declutter and make more space. The answer? Creative storage.

Start by just standing in the middle of each room and taking note of all the elements. Look for the best features of each space and capitalize on those. For me, it’s nine-foot-high ceilings and huge windows. Maybe you have large, window-less walls. Or a balcony. Once you pinpoint your best features—both for storage space and as focal points—you will know what you have to work with, and what you want to work around.

stacked books 
Use books to display decorative pieces that are important to you. Photo By Jaci Kennison. 

Next, gather everything you need to store out of sight in one pile, and things you can store in an artistic way in another. Books are almost always appropriate in plain view. Stacks of them can act as small tables, or line shelves with them and add decorative items on top. Be wary of anything that may leave marks on the books though. Plants and candles may not be best suited as book toppers.

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