Once you’ve identified what doesn’t warrant precious real estate in your home, the next step is storage. Ho and Lee suggest creating different compartments within your storage spaces, ‘like dedicated spaces for different clothing items, and categorising food and utensils inside your kitchen drawers’. This, they say, ‘will really enhance the efficiency of the space you already have’.
However, they advise against having too many closed-up cabinets in one space. ‘They may be practical, but they can also transform the space into a storeroom instead of a space to live in.’ You can get creative and maximise concealed spaces (like under the bed or sofa) around your apartment, or reimagine existing areas like the corridor, which the designers say is ‘usually neglected, but has huge potential for storage space’. And using concealed storage cabinets — rather than walls — as partitions can also make the layout of a room more interesting.
And there you have it: plants, essentials, and smart storage! However you go about it, keep in mind Ho and Lee’s inspiring parting words: ‘Your home should be a space that represents your identity, relaxes you and ignites your senses.’ Happy spring sprucing!