Making 1,000 square feet work for a family of four
- Be strict about capacity. Reach a point of equilibrium with your stuff and stick with it. “Our kids know when they get a new thing, they have to say goodbye to something else,” says Matt.
- Embrace imperfection. “I’m a cluttery person,” laughs Jennifer. “It’s when I stop pretending to be perfect and figure out a solution that the house works best.”
- Store it where you use it. In the kitchen, oven mitts and spatulas are to the right of the stove, and the blender and mixer reside on the countertop where Jennifer bakes.
- There’s always room for memories. “My grandmother’s waffle iron lives permanently on our stovetop,” says Jennifer. “I love it, so I make space for it, and we use it every day.”