Small can be stylish

Studio apartments, bed sitter, SQ (Servants Quarter), DSQ (Detached Servants Quarters)….whatever you may call it. These living quarters are pretty popular with university students, newly employed or single people and given the high rents they are preferred by many others.

If you live in Nairobi, then you will appreciate that these spaces are squeezed, the designs are unimaginative and storage spaces are very limited. This calls for creativity by occupants in using the spaces.

I recently visited my friend at her DSQ in Langata and i loved what she had done with her space and i thought to share with you.

Notice the wall colours reflect in the carpet. The old school cabinet that is both the entertainment centre, stores cutlery and is the bar.

Notice the wall colours reflect in the carpet. The old school cabinet that is both the entertainment centre, stores cutlery and is the bar (sorry for the cloudy pic)

In small spaces, you should strive to have furniture that serves more than one purpose, like the old school cabinet.

Furniture should also be proportional to the size of the space. A simple couch with clean lines and simple cushions gives the feeling of space and order.

Simple, stylish couch (from Uchumi) and bright coloured pilows and masaai blanket as a throw.

Simple, stylish couch (from Uchumi Ngong Rd) and bright coloured pillows and masaai blanket as a throw.

My friend is an avid reader and she buys books by the dozen. I loved how she displayed her books. And at the same time neatly stacked towels and bedding.

Book tower.

Book tower

In the kitchen and bathroom, take advantage of the vertical space on the walls  by installing shelves. This is an inexpensive way of making your house functional and your local carpenter can easily do this.

kitchen shelving for all the spices

kitchen shelving for all the spices

Bathroom shelving

Bathroom shelving

Women and clothes. How many of us have neat wardrobes that are not bursting at the seams with clothes? Well if you live in a small space creative storage is vital to how easily you can access your clothes.

Coat hanger comes handy for those bags, hats

Coat hanger comes handy for those bags, hats

order members, order!  Appreciate how the clothes are neatly folded, how the make up and women stuff is neatly arranged... neat being the operative word here.

order members, order! Appreciate how the clothes are neatly folded, how the make up and women stuff is neatly arranged… neat being the operative word here.

And the longer clothes are hang on a rack over the base of the bed

And the longer clothes are hang on a rack over the base of the bed

There people! Small can indeed be stylish!

Thank you Juddy for allowing me to share your amazing space!

What have you done with your small spaces? Do share.

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De-clutter!

English Dictionary defines clutter as ‘a confused disordered jumble of things’. The opposite (antonym) of clutter is de-clutter meaning doing away with the confused jumble of things.

Over the years, we tend to grow our possessions on this earth. This possessions come in many forms. At the time of acquiring the possessions, we believe that they are very important, this is highly debatable buy hey! Some of the possessions serve a purpose, for a given time and then become useless but we still keep them.

Today’s project involved spending a couple of hours poring over clutter in my cabinets with the aim of getting it organized and easy to find what i need.

Other part of the cabinets. Mumbo jumbo

Part of the cabinet mumbo jumbo

This is what part of the messy  cabinet looked like

Other side of the messy cabinet looked like. Poor green wig

As long as they remained shut, i was oblivious to the the mess

As long as they remained shut, i was oblivious to the the mess

It took me about two hours to get all the stuff out, sift through what i needed and didn’t need anymore. Word of caution, be very very objective. You will need to shut out all sentimental feelings otherwise you will put everything back and that is not the aim! I am not sure how well this advice will go when it comes to my wardrobe de-clutter time…

Two hours later, the results were…..*drum rolls*…..

Amazing what a little order can do right?

Amazing what a little order can do right? I am sure the green wigs agree!

 

I can easily find my books and magazines!  Bonus: Even the hoover found a home!

I can easily find my books, files and magazines!
Bonus: Even the hoover found a home!

Feels so good opening those cabinet doors now! Challenge is to maintain them that neat!

Have you recently de-cluttered? spring cleaned? Share your experience.

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