One of my favorite mantras is the one that says “A place for everything and everything in its place”. If you’re always tidying up your home, removing clutter, and finding better ways to arrange your cupboards neatly, you’re the kind who instinctively knows how to achieve optimal space organization. You can utilize the smallest of spaces in the most effective of ways, and your home always looks spic and span with the least amount of effort. The thing about space is that its use could be optimized if planned well ahead, during the design phase of every home. And the best ways to do this are:
- Reduce corners and rounded edges and keep shapes right-angled: Most rooms are square or rectangular, and even if you do have an oval or circular room in your home, the space around or inside it does not allow for efficient storage. Your furniture has to be explicitly designed to fit into this curvature, and even if it is, it may not be comfortable and end up serving only as eye candy. So as much as possible, keep your rooms square or rectangular, with sharp corners into which regular furniture will fit snugly.
- Design customized spaces for furniture or accessories or storage: If you take a look at your refrigerator or kitchen cabinets, you’ll know what I’m talking about. The door of your fridge is custom-built to hold your bottles, and you have different racks for different sizes. Your kitchen cabinets are designed to hold your bottles, your spoons, your plates, and your other cutlery, crockery and ingredients in the best possible way. Use this idea when designing and finding use for other spaces as well – for example, if you own a baby grand, build a space for it in your new place rather than just pushing it into a corner of a large room once the building is complete.
- Visualize uses for empty space early on: My brother’s apartment had three bedrooms and a large enough living room, yet there was one corridor-like space which went totally wasted. Apparently the builders did not know how to fit all the rooms of the house into the allotted space without including this thin strip of space. And so the pathway served only to connect the kitchen and dining room with the rest of the house. To prevent such eyesores and waste of space, plan your home in such a way that there are no empty spaces, and even if there are, find meaningful use for them.