Category Archives: Small Spaces

Sprucing Up Your Home with Houseplants

Does your home need a little makeover?  If so, consider adding a few houseplants to freshen up a room.  Let’s take a look.

Decorating with Houseplants

Decorating your home can be easy when there is a big holiday like Christmas or Easter.  We have so many decorations, that it’s easy to fill the mantle.  But how does your family room look off-season?  If it’s feeling a little bare, consider adding a houseplant or two.

Spider Plants

In the picture below, we added a spider plant to our mantle.  It’s on the larger side, and anchors the left-side of our mantle.  We opted for a spider plant with solid green leaves.  There are also spider plants with green and white leaves.

Spider Plant

We chose this spider plant in particular because it has the potential to harvest more spider plants.  To do this, we will cut off the little spider plants and put them in water.  It will form roots, and we can transplant it into a pot with dirt to create another houseplant.  The process is very easy.

Selecting Houseplants

When selecting houseplants, take into consideration the light in your room.  Some plants require more light than others.  You’ll also want to think about maintenance.  The plants we selected are relatively easy to maintain.  Other houseplants may require more work.

Here is another example of a houseplant.  We chose one with large leaves.  This one is two-toned, with a little bit of height.  It serves as the anchor for the right side of our mantel.

Houseplant

Adding houseplants are a simple way to spruce up your room.  Plants can soften a room, and give it a comfortable feeling.

Happy gardening! 🙂

Alternative Uses for Curtains

Do you have a closet without doors?  Perhaps you need a simple way to close off an area.  Check out these ideas which involve curtains, drapes, or shower curtains.

Using Curtains as a Closet Door

Closet space is always in demand, especially in smaller homes.

Issue: The main closet for this bungalow is at the top of the stairs.  It didn’t have closet doors, but desperately needed closing off.  Doors were not an option.

Solution:  Since it was such a small area, we opted to hang a long curtain rod and attach some simple curtains.

Curtains - closet

There are several hooks on the inside of the closet to hold up the curtain rod.  For our purposes, a wide curtain with one slit in the middle did the job.  The curtains hang directly on the rod.  When we need something from the closet, we simply pull back the curtain.

Another option is to hang the curtains on hooks with clips.

Curtains - brown with rings

It is easy to slide the curtains back and forth when they are on hooks.

Using Curtains in Handicapped Accessible Area Under Sink

The curtain rod and fabric curtain idea also works in kitchens.

Issue: We have a friend who moved into a handicapped accessible apartment.  She is elderly, but does not use a wheelchair yet.  Her kitchen is handicapped accessible, and there is a large open space under her kitchen counter.

Solution: Since she isn’t in a wheelchair, she opted to use a tension rod.  Then she added hooks with clips to hang her plad curtains.  This is a great solution, since it is temporary, and doesn’t change the handicapped accessibility of her kitchen.

Curtains under sink

Using a Shower Curtain to Hide Sump Pump

Plumbing pipes are not very appealing to the eye.  However, it’s important to have easy access to them.

Issue: A sump pump and plumbing pipes were visible in the finished laundry room.  We still needed easy access to this area, but didn’t want to look at it every day.

Solution: We used an adjustable shower curtain rod.  Since it was a tension rod, we could adjust it to fit the exact space without drilling or making holes.  Then we hung a pretty fabric shower curtain that we used years ago in our main bathroom.

Curtain - shower

Now we don’t need to look at the sump pump area, but can access it easily when needed.

Using Curtains under a Staircase

The area under a staircase can offer some storage space, especially in closet-poor houses.  Access to this area can be tricky.  In this picture, a simple white curtain hung on a dowel stick hides the storage area.

Curtain - under stairs

It also makes for easy access into the storage space under the stairs, where a door just wasn’t feasible.

Do you need a few more ideas for organizing your space?  Check out these articles:

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Small spaces: Narrow Staircase Challenge for Mattress

How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

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