BATHROOM IN A CLOSET: “IT COULD SAVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP”

Problem:

You have only one bathroom in your apartment and sharing it even with your beloved partner can often lead to embarrassment, hurt feelings, harsh words, even a breakup.

Solution:

Clear out a closet and build an extra bathroom. Even if it is very small, it will provide the privacy you and your partner need to save your relationship.

BABY IN A CLOSET: “DELAY YOUR MOVING DAY”

Problem:

You have a new baby and can't expand your living space, but don't want to move right away.

Solution:

A baby doesn't need much space - certainly not an entire room. So if you can manage to empty out a closet and find other places for your stuff (see TIP SHEET), this can make a cozy baby room for at least a year, maybe even two or three.

CURTAIN CLOSET:“TURN A WALL INTO STORAGE”

Problem:

You have a bedroom with inadequate storage space, but don't want to go to the trouble and/or expense of building a closet: a particular problem for renters.

Solution:

Install wall-mounted clothes rails and open shelves on a bare wall. Add a curtain from a rod on the ceiling to conceal your clothes and clutter. Assemble it yourself from hardware items or buy a ready-made kit (see Ikea photo).

BED IN A DRAWER: “POP UP A PLAY SPACE”

Problem:

Bedrooms are getting smaller and kids are getting more and more toys. So kids’ rooms often become cluttered ‘toy depots’ with little room to play.

Solution:

While the kids are growing up and need a place to play, it may be worth enlisting a handyman to help you build a platform with “magical beds” that disappear under the floor. Use my “step-by-step tip sheet” as a guide.

KIDS’ TOYS: “Take Back Your Home”

Problem:

If you have kids, there are bound to be toys on the floor. Not only do they mess up the house, they are also a serious health hazard. How many times have you tripped over your kids’ toys?

Solution:

Here are 3 that I like:

KITCHEN IN A CLOSET: “SQUASH IT ALL IN”

Problem:

You don’t do much cooking and want to use your valuable kitchen space for other things. Or you have a weekend cottage with no room for a normal kitchen.

Solution:

All you need is an empty closet. With the help of my “step-by-step tip sheet”, you can turn it into a fully functional closet-kitchen.