Organizing Tip: Small Living Space Safety

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Small living spaces have been quite the trend lately.

There’s lots of things one can do to downsize a room or storage area.

What about keeping a small living space, well, safe?

Here are a few items to keep in mind when organizing/storing items/laying out a small living space.

Actually, these tips are good for larger spaces too, but smaller spaces require a bit more attention as one tries to maximize limited space.

Build (and store) from the Ground Up

Vertical storage is key to maximizing a small space (or any space for that matter), but when you are making plans about how to store items vertically, using furniture/storage solutions you already own or will soon purchase, make sure you build a sturdy base. If your base is flimsy (let’s say you have a shaky bookcase that sways when you walk by) it is too delicate/not structurally sound and may fall or collapse with or without items in/on it. Pay close attention as to how you will store items. Remember, the heavier an item, the lower it should be to the floor; i.e. no 50 lb dumbbells on the top shelf of an already teetering bookcase!

Weight Load Test

Just because you can make extra storage in a seat/chair/box/crate/shelf etc., and perhaps screw something into the wall for added support…doesn’t mean you should. If you are purchasing shelving, storage crates, other units, make sure you carefully read the instructions and make note of any weight load information. Be honest with yourself. For example, if you put a stack of heavy coffee table books in a small wheeled plastic ottoman, and the bottom starts to sag looks/feels too heavy, it probably is.

Clear and Secure the Floor

Another key to small living spaces is having a clear and clutter-free floor. This is even more important in case of an emergency, as you don’t want to have to trip or climb over things or impede entrance and egress for safety services. Keep large items such as furniture or other items on the periphery of a room and make sure you have easy and unfettered access to windows and doors. Tape down carpets or rugs that might skid, secure any dangling wispy items such as dangling or loose cords, long curtains, sort through and safely store any miscellaneous clutter that might be about, etc.

Don’t Overload Outlets

If you are plugged up to the gills at an electrical outlet, get a power strip. Not only will you make things safer for you and your loved ones, you’ll have easier access to an electrical outlet when you need it. Plus you can turn off the power strip when you are not using items, thereby reducing your electricity bill and making it teeny tiny instead of gargantuan (with “small” being today’s operative word, of course).

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