Take a little stroll through your house.
Start in the living room, then head to your home office, then to your exercise room, and to where you eat.
Wait… have you even had to leave your living room yet? Oftentimes, in smaller homes, our main living room has to function as many spaces. It has a lot of jobs. Our dining room is used to eat in and craft in and do homework in. Our laundry room is our mudroom and linen closet.
But even in a home with few rooms fulfilling many jobs, we want each room to be able to rest from working overtime all the time.
Ask yourself what you want each room’s primary function to be. Take my dining room for example. We use this space to eat, to do homework, and to do projects. It has a lot of jobs, but I want its primary function to be the space where we dine. When we want to eat there, I don’t want to have to serve a meal around crayons and multiplication facts.
So, how do I make that happen? First, use a homework bin or cart. Your kids can grab it during homework time, and return it to a cabinet or closet when they are finished. Use a foam board underneath a craft project, so that you can easily pick it all up and carry it away during mealtimes.
If your treadmill and weights are in your bedroom, use a divider of some sort to hide it at the end of the day.
If your home office is in your family room, think about using an armoire that can be closed up every night when your work day is finished.
Giving each room a primary function will give your home a more relaxing feel.