Storage space is a crucial factor for every home while the emphasis varies from one to another. A book entitled, Storage (2009) by Terence Conran touches a niche aspect of our lives which many of us took for granted.
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What we own and how and where we keep it arguably defines the appearance of our homes to a far greater extent than any other decorative or design element. More importantly, our systems of home organization have a direct bearing on the efficiency with which we perform everyday tasks. Good organization allows you to put your hands on what you need, when you need it, and where.
Possessions not only enshrine memories, they confer status and provide a deep rooted sense of security. But in this age consumerism, burgeoning clutter can rapidly begin to impinge on the functional efficiency of our homes as well as the quality of life and the space itself. Getting organized is an ongoing process and a means of simplifying and streamlining everyday life. Whether you prefer cozy clutter or a clean, minimalist sweep, Terence Conran provides practical information and creative inspiration to help you organize every area in your home.
Storage is divided into two principal sections, one on planning and assessment, the essential starting point for reorganization, and the other providing an area-by-area breakdown of particular storage requirements and approaches, including the optimum conditions for storing different types of belongings. Case studies provide in-depth coverage of specific solutions in different rooms around the home.
It contains a wealth of information on the topic of storage whereby part one discusses on issues related to the creative review and the types of storage made available. Skimming on the different stages of one’s life, it explains the various requirements for storage space from being the first home, family home, home business to empty nest. It shares tips and guides on how to identify clutter, what are the means of disposal and how to make the most of space.
In part two of the book, it leads readers on the topic of storage strategies for different rooms of a home – from living spaces, kitchen and eating areas, bathrooms, bedrooms and dressing rooms, children’s rooms to working areas; with case studies provided in every room.
Confining our scope of review to the kitchen and dining room, the book guides readers through on how to assess their needs for a better kitchen – how long does it take for you to find things? Is your workspace clear or cluttered up with gadgets, provisions and extraneous items? How much fresh food do you throw away every week? Are your accumulated items in the kitchen has anything to do with the activities that take place there? These are a few of the fundamental questions brought to readers’ attention.
The golden rule is that if you are not functioning efficiently as you should, spending a few hours of reorganizing could be the answer rather than reinstalling a new kitchen. It stresses on the importance of getting to know your kitchen’s layout and the cupboard spaces in order to maximize your storage areas. It closes the section by offering solutions such as how to care and maintain a kitchen, dealing with pests, a brief list of storage ideas, recommending do’s-and-don’ts for a kitchen and a case study.
In a nutshell, the book provides a general perspective of storage. The content structure is straight forward and it’s easy to follow. However, if you’re seeking for storage ideas solely for a kitchen, then the book’s coverage may not be adequate.
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Terence Conran. Storage, Get Organized (London: Conran Octopus Limited, 2006, 2009) 114 – 141.