Is a Bigger House More Organized than a Little House?

I have been working with a client in a small home with four family members.  She often comments on how small the house is and “how it would be easier to be organized if she had more space.”  I had to break the news to her that I highly doubted that her home would be more organized if it were larger.  She and her family would simply find more things to keep in the home.

I feel it is almost to her advantage to have a smaller home.  The size limitation forces the need to keep the clutter to a minimum.  This message seemed to make sense to her, and I give the message with full confidence.  I have seen larger homes that are filled to the brim because the homeowner can get away with accumulating for a longer period of time.  Due to the small size of my client’s home, she felt the need to get organized sooner than if her home was larger.

Embrace your small spaces.  Learning how to best use them (and the verticle space) by not cluttering with too much furniture, oversized furniture or knick knacks.  Less stuff will help make your small space feel larger.  

If you have the luxury of a large home, be honest with yourself about how much stuff you need to keep, even though you have the space.  Being organized has less to do with the amount of space you have and more to do with how you use that space.

About Hillary Adams Case

Hillary believes you should never have to question where your keys are; everything has a home. After helping friends and family to get organized for years, they finally encouraged her to make professional organizing her career. Committed to always learning new skills and techniques, Hillary is constantly expanding the ideas she brings to working with her clients. With a joy and passion for finding “Green” solutions, Hillary is delighted to help clients find ways to dispose of items through recycling and donation in order to live lighter on our planet. When not working as an organizer, Hillary enjoys being at the ocean and “using her green thumb” with houseplants. Hillary is also an animal-lover and advocates the need to create healthy space in our homes for ourselves and our four-legged friends.

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