At the request of one of our dear readers, this week’s Your 4 Walls is dedicated to downsizing! Whether you’re relocating or just streamlining, Dwayne shares tips on how to edit your possessions, curate your displays, and organize your life when space is limited. Thank you for the suggestion! 
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With the extra time spent at home over the past year, it’s been hard to ignore the overflowing closets, boxes of unidentified clutter, and the sheer quantity of our possessions. Dwayne suggests editing your belongings with a game of Keep, Donate, Toss. Ask yourself if the item is a necessity or auxiliary? Do you have multiples of the same type of item? Do you have an appropriate place for it to live when not in use? All these guidelines will help you streamline your stuff to only keep what you need, love, and use. Start small by choosing a closet to tackle or dresser to sort. Empty everything out and only add back in your needs and absolute must haves at first, followed by items you’d prefer to keep. Everything leftover can be donated or tossed! If you’re on the fence about an item, designate a space in the closet for “maybes”. Try to work it into your wardrobe or routine within 3 months. If you end up loving it, add it to the keeps, but if you’re reminded why you haven’t looked at it in years, you’ll know without a doubt it’s officially time to toss.
Displaying our precious items can often present a challenge, especially when it comes to small spaces. Designers often adhere to the rule of 3 when it comes to groupings, playing with height and scale to create visual interest. Make the most of small spaces by grouping items together in curated clusters with that rule of thumb in mind. Resist the urge to pack shelves with displays because more items can actually make a space feel cramped. Instead, display only what is the most important or essential to the design of the space in highly visible areas like a living room credenza. Then in more private areas, such as a study or family room, designate areas for things like groups of framed pictures. When displaying collectables, think outside the box! Distribute them throughout your home like Easter Eggs or dedicate a display where they can all live together.
Organization is the key to small space living. Storage solutions, labeled boxes, and defined placements go a long way when trying to maximize your limited space. Consider going vertical. Tall stacked shelves in the pantry or closet can be organized by frequency of use for easy access to everyday items. Allocated individual space within a shared space not only helps to keep things tidy, but also helps keep all members of the household accountable for their area. Keep in mind that symmetry and consistency are pleasing to the eye. Choose storage solutions like baskets or canisters that coordinate for an aesthetically satisfying system. Dwayne also suggests organizing with logic, which seems like a no brainer, but it more difficult in practice than it is in theory. Start by tracking the use of your items, how frequently you need them will determine where they go and how accessible they need to be. With your research in hand you’ll be able to make educated decisions about what goes where.
We have been teasing our new luxury interior design showroom in Naples, FL for some time now, but it finally feels like our Grand Opening is in sight! To prep for our new locale, we’re determined to get to know our community as well as we know our beloved Fort Myers. Dwayne Bergmann is calling on you to help! Share your favorite coffee shops, restaurants, children’s stores, book shops, parks, activities, local charities, markets and more! We’ll be compiling our crowd sourced tips into a comprehensive guide to our new community in an upcoming edition of Your 4 Walls. Simply reply to this email with your suggestions.
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