The Space Dimension
The space dimension is the most objective of the four Sanity Dimensions because it concerns visible features such as furniture, lighting, and other “hardscapes” that comprise a space’s structure. Built-in items such as walls, counters, windows, door frames and lighting fixtures work together to that work together to give a space “bones” and structure. Many Space Dimension remedies are relatively clear to see because most people would agree that they see a wall when they see one – and so space structure issues are visible and therefore make space one of the more intuitive dimensions to remedy when it’s not working for you.
Before I get into the fixes, I want to share a story. A few years ago, I was preparing for a big Expo/Home Show. I was a relatively new business owner, and my focus at the time was organizing home offices for at home business people. I was excited to create a very nice, homey booth at the Expo and had taken great pains to plan it out. I had a home desk, drawer sorter, bookshelf, a lamp, and a chair.
To focus on the dimension of space, I sometimes ask clients to actually take a picture of the space they’d like to remedy. Download the picture to your computer – and (this part is important) – view the picture of the space – in another room or location.
Because – removing yourself from the equation of the space that is NOT working actually gives you perspective so you can see the space differently.
Our spaces hold memories, emotions, and vibrations, and when you are in locations where you feel cluttered, stuck and overwhelmed… you’ll BE stuck and overwhelmed. Taking a picture, removing yourself from the space, and looking at it from a different view is sometimes all you need to get your creative juices moving again to consider what is possible for space, and how it might best serve your needs.
Think of the space you’d like to address and ask yourself the following questions:
- What is the main purpose of this space?
- Does the space have a single or multiple purpose?
- Can it easily transition from one purpose to another?
- What types of results need to happen here?
- Does the space currently function well?
- What is your “intention” or “vision” for the space?
- What is missing now that would make the space better serve your purpose?
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This workbook was designed for the do-it-yourself-er who has the skills and motivation to get organized, but just doesn’t know where to start! If you’ve taken my Free Organizing Assessment, you’ve seen where your organizing issues are. This workbook was designed to support you through your organizing project. It provides Professional Organizer support, without the per hour fees! This workbook will help you:
- Clarify your vision for each space when it is organized and working properly
- Assess your disorganized situation by room
- Decide what the critical pain points are for you in the space
- Determine the costs of being disorganized – what you are NOT able to do NOW (in the current space) that you would likely do in the future (when your space is organized)
- Identify and prioritize the key areas to be addressed
- Record specific goals for each of your disorganized spaces
- Create an organizing action plan
- Develop a maintenance schedule that includes daily, weekly and monthly tasks to keep you on track
- Identify and define new ideas and outlets for your free time.