Thursday, October 23, 2014

Public Spaces and Function

We've covered all the more private spaces in the home and discussed how they should function for YOUR family.  Now, let's talk about the more public spaces in your home. Thankfully there aren't as many of these ;).

Basically we are talking the kitchen, dining room/area, living room, and guest bath. These spaces require a little bit of extra attention because not only do they need to function for YOUR family but they also need to function for your guests.

So, how do we accomplish that you ask???  Good question.  For family functionality, it's the same - make sure things are easy and comfortable for YOUR family based on how YOUR family functions.  For instance, I would love a clean counter top in the kitchen, but as I have said, our family works best with things that are visible and easily accessible.  So, the things that are used on an everyday basis are on the counters, whether they are pretty or not.

For guest functionality, make sure that your guests feel welcome and comfortable to come into your home, and make sure they can access what they might need with ease. Your guests should not have to look too far (or look at all) for the basics.  When a home is set up to be functional, a guest can generally find the towels, or the glasses with little effort.


Now, what about form.  Since these spaces are seen and used by everyone in YOUR family everyday, these spaces should be pleasing to be in.  Choose a paint color, a furniture arrangement, and fun accessories that fit YOUR families lifestyle and taste.  No, you can't please everyone, but you can find a balance that makes everyone comfortable. So, look around, move things around, take a second look at YOUR home.  Sometimes when you've lived in a house for a longer period of time it's easy to leave things the same, because that's how it works. But, a new perspective is sometimes all you need to find something that works even better!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html


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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Home Office Function

Everyone needs a space in their home for a 'home office'. There are always bills to be paid, checkbooks to be balanced, and papers to be filled out.  Did I mention papers?  There are always papers to be filed, stored, held onto.  A laptop in your lap does not a home office make!

Maybe you are fortunate enough to actually have a whole room dedicated to a home office, but I would venture a guess that's not the case for most of us.  So, what are we to do??  Find a space in your home, a corner at least, that you can devote to this need.  At our current house that place is the back corner of our living room.  It really doesn't matter where, it just needs a space, and it doesn't have to be a big space.  It just needs to house the necessities.

I mentioned some of the necessities to this home office space, but let's review, and put it all in one place. 

*a computer
*file storage
*bill storage
*paper storage - things that you need handy - schedules and such
*other office supply storage - pens, pencils, tape, stapler, etc

As with all spaces, determine how your family functions.  I've mentioned before we are pilers, so I have allowed a space for a pile.  However, the desk becomes a landing place for all things paper that no one knows what else to do with.  And after a week or two, it can look like this.


Then I have to address the piles...

The other thing I know about my family is if they can't see it, they won't look for it.  You know what I mean, right.  If it's not right in front of their face they immediately assume it's not there and say "mom, where is such-in-such??"  So, because of that I make sure the essentials are in plain sight - blank paper, bills, schedules, pencils and pens.  


The large cubbies in the top left of the desk are great.  But, for years, I never utilized them for anything but junk.  Now, we finally have a system that works for us.  The left side has folders where I file receipts for tax purposes - the red one for medical, the teal on for housing, and the lime green one for everything else.  Makes tax time much easier.


The middle cubby holds a folder with college info for my oldest - this way everything we might need to know is in one place, a notebook with schedules and current school-year info for all of my kiddos, and a folder for bills.  My hubby takes care of the bills (God bless him), and he needs something he can just grab and do his thing - all the things he needs in one place.  I have a folder where I put all of the bills when they come in the mail. Then, when it's time to pay bills, he can just grab the folder and do his thing.

The cubby on the right holds all of my blogging and home-related things.  

It's not perfect, but it works.  I would much rather have a smaller, lower profile, prettier desk like these.

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But, we are focusing on making what we have function for us in the best way possible, right?? Well, I think we are as close as we can get.  Oh, you want to see what the desk really looks like after 30 minutes of purging piles and straightening things...


Much better!!  Find a space where you can corral the paper - trust me it will make a world of difference!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Bathroom Function + Form

The Bathroom is another place in our home that has to function.  It has to serve it's purpose obviously, and it should do so with ease.  There is nothing more frustrating then not being able to get to what you need in the bathroom.  

Today we are talking about your more private bathrooms - your en suite bathrooms.  Since these are not necessarily seen by guests they should be tailored to your families functionality.

We talked earlier in the series about how everyone functions in a space differently.  Some people are much neater and would rather nothing be on the counters.

Whereas other people would rather have regularly used items out in the open. 

For our family, it is better if most things are out in the open.  I do corral things in baskets or on trays, which makes things easy to tidy up. Otherwise things would be sprawled out everywhere.  

Again, please, please, please pin from the original source for these photos by clicking on the links below each photo.  This way the person responsible for the loveliness gets the credit. Thanks!:)

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The pic above is actually in a nursery, but I think it would work equally well in a kids bathroom!

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In our master bathroom, we utilize our drawers for everyday things as well.  Hubby has one side for his essentials - razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, and I have the other for make-up and hair accessories.  

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I truly believe towels, washcloths, and extra toilet paper should be stored in a way that is easily accessible for everyone.  Towels can be put in cabinets, drawers, or folded neatly on a shelf. Find a storage container you like for toilet paper - it doesn't have to be conventional, anything will do.  

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As with other spaces in your home.  Figure out what works best for YOUR family, and go with it. Don't fight it.  If your family are pilers like mine, don't try to always keep clean counters - it will be a losing battle!!  Organized chaos is what I like to call it around our home.  :)

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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