When was the last time you took a good look around your home? Is it time for a change?
I recently met with a new client who has lived in her home for about 18 years. She lives alone.
As we went through the home I learned that she does not use her dining room in the traditional sense. She does not have dinner parties or sit-down dinners with friends or family. She uses the space to gather paperwork as it comes in the door.
This prompted me to ask her if she would be interested in converting this space into a home office. Upon some consideration, my client decided this was a good idea. As a school teacher, she has a lot of paperwork to process and needs a larger and brighter area in which to work, rather than her current space in an area of her basement.
The dining room is spacious enough for a long table or desk and a filing cabinet to store her personal paperwork and school work. It is set off from the foyer so it is not the first thing you see when you enter the home. It's the perfect solution as it would eliminate the need to go downstairs to the small cramped area in the basement to work. My client would have easy access to the kitchen and powder room as needed.
When I purchased my home, the builder had intended the room next to the kitchen to be a family room. I already had a living room on the first floor so another family room would not suit my personal needs. Instead of having a small dining area divided by a pony wall in the living room, I decided to make the intended family room into a nice-sized dining room where I could easily entertain and serve my guests from the kitchen.
Just because a room is originally intended for a certain purpose does not mean that is what you have to have it be. Change a dining room into a home office! Change a family room into a dining room! It's okay! The point is to create a home that suits your personal needs - and this might change over time.
So, I suggest that you take a look around your home. Are there areas of the home that are not being used because their original intent no longer fits your needs? Is it time for a change?
If you need assistance in creating organized and functional spaces in your home, I can help. You deserve A Better Space.
In the meantime, leave me your comments about the areas of your home that you would like to change or have already changed to accommodate your current needs. This might inspire others to do the same.
Have a great week!