Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen


12594832While we may admire the spacious rooms in large homes we see in magazines or on TV, let’s face it: most of us don’t live in rambling estates. Instead, we live in homes, apartments, or condos with small rooms and even smaller closets. But you can enjoy an organized, beauty-filled life no matter what the size of your space. In this practical book, readers will learn how to
– perform a room-by-room audit of their space to see if it’s functioning at its best
– make the most of existing storage space and find clever ways to add more
– find creative ways to arrange furnishings and accessories that maximize space and bring harmony and style to the home
Whether empty nesters who are downsizing, newlyweds who are setting up their first nest, or anyone who needs creative new ideas, readers will love these strategies, tips, and solutions to maximize their space and enhance their quality of life.


My husband and I live in small apartment – two small bedrooms, a tiny bath and toilet, kitchen, and living room all in 650 square feet. This book was not written for people like me.

If you have a more reasonably sized home and would like to minimize how much space your stuff is taking up there may be some tips you can use. Best if you own though, as a good chunk of the solutions would never get past the landlord, like completely reworking closets, putting holes in the walls, and adding under the counter glass racks.

The chapter that struck me as the most tone deaf was “Kitchen and Dining Delights”. Bechen assumes you have space to work with… I don’t. My total counter space is less than three foot square so her recommendations of keeping knives in a butcher block or lining up “colorful canisters” made me laugh. And lose half of my workspace? No way!

I wouldn’t mind so much if she was squarely targeting empty nest couples moving into a smaller home, say, or people who need help sifting through a mountain of possessions. But right there in the first chapter she lists out her audience, including new college students heading to a dorm room and those “living out your jet-set fantasy life in a tiny studio apartment in a trendy and expensive area of New York, Tokyo, or Paris”. Those people will have even less to learn from Bechen than me. Le sigh.