The HGTV designers are always saying a room should have one main functionto appeal to a home buyer.
My second bedroom is a good example of a room that has an identity crisis. That room has simultaneously been a guest room/my office/storage area (pronounced: dumping ground). I knew where everything was, but it wasn’t pretty and truthfully didn’t work on any level.
So, a designer friend of mine came to help me decide how to give that room a well-defined purpose. At her suggestion, we will move Jeff’s man-cave office furniture out of our bedroom and into the spare. That room will now only OFFICE, with desk, computer, bookcase, and file drawers.
All office supplies and techie stuff will be in there. We will hide the cords. I can even hang some of Jeff’s professional awards and memorabilia. It will be a manly space.
That will clear the way for me to decorate our bedroom with pretty bed linens. I will also have room for a reading nook complete with bookshelves, a reading chair, light and side table.
Why do we wait until we are ready to move to make our spaces both pleasing to the eye AND functional? This is your advice from an organizer who has done just that:
- Decide on one main function for each room.
- If you have room (or must of necessity), include only one relatedpurpose. Ex: family recreation room with media center, living room with writing desk.
- Gather all the supplies relevant to the room’s function.
- Decide how you can store everything closest to the action. See my blog for storage ideas.
- Be sure you have both ambient and task lighting in place.
- Throw in some pops of color with fabric, accessories, and wall hangings.
You will have a space you that works and is pleasing to your eye. AND you will be able to enjoy it now!