Small Space Stories: The never-ending to-do list

Small Space Stories: The never-ending to-do list

As a small business owner, I wear many hats (bookkeeper, writer, editor, marketer, presenter, networker, volunteer, web designer, and, MOST importantly, professional organizer). Plus, I, like most people, have a plethora of items that need to get done at home. The result of this is a seemingly never-ending list of items that need to be completed. But to-do lists are a way of life for most, if not all, of us...

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Small Space Stories: Photographs

Small Space Stories: Photographs

For many, loose photographs accumulated in plastic bags, shoe boxes, envelopes from the photo developing company, and in those old albums with the sticky plastic pages. I was no exception, until two years ago when I chose to remove all of my photos from the various photo albums I had acquired throughout the years and transfer them...

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Small Space Stories: Holiday decorations

Small Space Stories: Holiday decorations

Since I live in a small space, I need to be incredibly intentional with the items that are kept, especially when it comes to holiday decor. The rule in my house is simple: I only have decorations for Christmas (no other holidays) and, aside from a small, three-foot artificial pre-lit tree, all of the decorations must fit into one large plastic storage bin. That's it.

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Small Space Stories: digital photographs

Small Space Stories: digital photographs

This past weekend, I embarked on a project of epic proportions: I started to organize my digital photos. And it is truly epic. You see, I’ve got about 13,000 digital photos to purge, sort and organize. Eeeeek!!! For years I'd been procrastinating, and finally got to the point where I'd had enough of the procrastination. I just needed to get started.

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Small Space Stories: books

Small Space Stories: books

One of my earliest childhood memories is visiting the library with my mom. As an avid reader, my mom passed down her love of books and reading to me. Not only was my first “real” job at the Lyon County Public Library in Marshall, MN (because working for my dad on his farm from about age seven doesn’t necessarily count as a real job), but I also worked at the Briggs Library at South Dakota State University during my college years, at the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library in their adult literacy program for five years, AND I once considered getting my master’s degree in library science. I’m telling y’all, this girl loves books.

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Small Space Stories: kitchen cabinets

Small Space Stories: kitchen cabinets

Let’s face it - kitchens in smaller spaces tend to have limited counter and cabinet space. My kitchen is no exception. With only four upper cabinets (two of which are basically unusable since one is located above the built-in microwave and the other is above the refrigerator) and only a handful more lower cabinets, I had to maximize the space I was provided.

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Small Space Stories: A limited clothing palette

Small Space Stories: A limited clothing palette

I like things simple. As a child, I used to eat plain buttered noodles without pasta sauce. I ate my hamburgers plain - just the meat and bread - no condiments allowed. I usually ordered the same thing at restaurants because it was a sure thing and I knew I’d like it. Basically, I was the least adventurous, most picky eater on the planet. 

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Small Space Stories: The (one and only) bathroom

Small Space Stories: The (one and only) bathroom

Even though I don’t have a cable subscription, I’m thankful that HGTV.com provides enthusiasts like me with the option to watch free episodes of “House Hunters” online. (Thank you, HGTV!) If you’re not familiar with the show, “House Hunters” follows homebuyers as they search to find their perfect home. The show highlights three of the properties the homebuyers are considering purchasing, as the buyers walk through each option, offering their commentary on the pros and cons within each space.

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