Day 5 – Unleash your creative beast!
Boy am I glad to see you. Today is a good, fun day. You’ll see why soon.
But first, if you’re just starting your challenge today, no problem! Keep scrolling to read the tasks for the previous Challenge Days in the posts below which outline the path we’ve followed to get here:
Day 1 – Choose one area to declutter & organise over the next 7 days
Day 2 – Create a vision for how you want that space to be
Day 3 – Declutter
Day 4 – Organise
Today though, we’re up to
Contain & style.
Yesterday the aim was to make the space practical and functional using whatever you already had around the house. Today is about taking your space to the next level; to make the most of your space, make it sparkle and inject your personality. Afterall, a space you love and are proud of is way more motivating to maintain than your secret (or not so secret) dumping ground.
So, whilst it’s completely fine to skip this step, it’s no fun if you do. I encourage you to be as creative as possible and utilise what you already have in the house. You may need or want to hit the shops and that’s fine, but this step doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. It’s AMAZING what you already have that can be used in new, different and unexpected ways to solve a storage problem.
Some of the things you may want to tackle today include:
- Ensuring you are utilising the space well. A classic example is wasted space in cupboards when there aren’t enough shelves. In this situation, you might ask yourself:
- Can you put in more shelves?
- Can you put items in stackable boxes to make the most of the height?
- Can the cupboards be easily remodelled?
- Would the space actually be better off storing something else altogether?
- Could some portable shelf inserts or steps help?
- What about hooks?
- Ensuring the items you are storing are needed, easy to access and more importantly, easy to put away by everyone, not just you
- Considering what organising tools might help you to maintain this space more easily. Perhaps smaller boxes inside a drawer to create separate sections, for example. Or open boxes or trays that can be used to store a group of items that can be pulled out when in use, and quickly put away again when you’re done. Hooks, racks, folders… I’m sure I don’t have to tell any of you where to go for organising inspiration!
- Remembering how you wanted the space to look way back on Day 2, when you were creating your vision and making sure you’re on brief. Would some matching storage help to elevate the space? Probably doesn’t matter so much inside a drawer but makes the world of difference on an open shelf.
- Have fun with it! A splash of colour or well-chosen design can really change the feel of a space and add to the vibe you’re trying to create, often in a much cheaper way than, say, furniture or art. Investing in matching storage can take a space from practical to practically perfect whilst also helping to streamline sizes, making a space more flexible and easier to maintain.
An important thing to remember as you go through this process is that it often takes a couple of goes to find the best solution for a space. Be ok with trying something for a while and changing it up again if it’s not working well.
Enjoy the creative process!