My mother made our house a home.
She made every inch feel comfortable and warm. She is the one who transformed the rooms, walls and space into an ideal place to grow, learn, dream and become.
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, I can’t help but think about all the lesson’s my mother has taught me over the years about creating an organized home.
She truly taught me how to make any space a sanctuary.
It would be impossible for me to pick one lesson, and say this is the one that changed my life. However, today I’d love to share one lesson she taught me, that as an interior designer and organizer, I’ve used in my clients’ homes and my own home to INSTANTLY create more space without spending a dime.
For those who don’t know, I grew up in a traditional four bedroom home in Michigan. There was plenty of room for our family of six, but that didn’t stop my mom from constantly finding better ways to organize the space we had.
My mother is and was an innovative soul. Money was not abundant growing up, but instead of complaining about the lack of resources my mother got creative.
She started organizing.
She started thinking outside the box.
She started by creating a sweater closet.
There was a linen closet between our bedrooms. It was filled with towels. My mother moved all of the towels to the bathroom vanities. Instead of folding the towels she rolled them up tightly so they would all fit. Then she filled the empty linen closet between our bedrooms with our sweaters.
I loved this sweater closet.
My mother and I were able to easily share sweaters, which was so much fun, and it also INSTANTLY created more space in our bedroom closets. I remember being surprised that this one act, the invention of the sweater closet, could change the way our home functioned.
I have to say, my mother didn’t stop with the sweater closet. She took the doors off a closet in the laundry room so she could easily hang clothes fresh from the dryer. She made a space for me and my sister in our bedrooms to blow dry our hair, so four kids never had to battle over the one bathroom. When we started to move out, my mother turned one of the small bedrooms into the walk-in closet she had always dreamed of having…
In these moments, my mother didn’t just teach me to be resourceful. Really what she taught me, was to never wait for the perfect circumstances. She taught me that nothing was perfect and that imperfection wasn’t a tragedy – it was an opportunity.
She taught me your home can be anything you make it and it doesn’t require a thousands of dollars, a complete redesign or drastic move to a bigger home.
Sometimes, it just requires a creative eye.
In honor of Mother’s Day I am offering 10% off my 2-Hour Initial Consultation (through the end of June). If you want someone to help you create more space in your home, book a consultation here with me today.
Or if your wife or another woman in your life could use a creative eye and a little support with organizing, spread the love.
Happy Mother’s Day!