What the homeowner needs to maintain an organized and clutter-free life is not necessarily more space. The same efficiency and tidiness that most people want will not necessarily come from having a larger living space, but can come from making the best use of the space they have. Most people will never live in a mansion, but they can have organized and spacious homes with the help of Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space by Kathryn Bechen.
In her introduction, the author directs the book squarely at those who live in small dwellings like apartments and cottages. She points out the benefits of living in a small home as opposed to “McMansion;” those benefits include eliminating the cost of cleaning and maintaining a large house. In other words, while these homes may look good, they may not improve the quality of life for those who live in them.
She points out the aesthetic benefits of a small home. She has lived in a number of them with her husband and has learned how to make the best use of limited square footage to create a pleasing and enjoyable small living space. She starts by pointing out the basic functions that the homeowner should want from their space; being able to carry out the basic functions of life comfortably. Having a comfortable, usable bathroom and being able to cook and entertain guests without feeling restricted.
A home should be able to provide all of these things no matter the size. Those who live in a small home with which they are dissatisfied should assess their home to see if it is meeting these needs. The author provides a list of questions that they will need to properly assess their living space.