Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen…With interview from the author

Small Space Organizing  by Kathryn Bechen

Dwell Well in a Small Space

A room-by-room ‘small space bible’ to maximize living in minimum space

Whether you’re downsizing your home or just starting out, professional organizing and decorating author Kathryn Bechen will show you how to create a space where you can live well regardless of the size. Dedicated to helping small space dwellers thrive in their home for over 20 years, Bechen wants everyone to feel proud of their comfortable and welcoming living space regardless of the square footage.

In Small Space Organizing: A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space (Paperback ISBN: 978-0-8007-2028-5, 240 pages, January 2012, $12.99), Bechen compiles 20 years of real life organizational tips and tricks. This ‘small space bible’ will help anyone transform cramped space into a perfectly petite living space as Bechen goes room-by-room giving design and organizational advice as well as taking on the extremely small spaces of studio and basement apartments, loft and high-rise spaces and even tips for RV living.

“A true home is really about the size of your heart, not about the size of your space,” says Bechen. She encourages readers to embrace living in a small space and assures them that even the most teeny-tiny space can be transformed into a welcoming environment to maximize the space – and more importantly, maximize living.  Bechen tells clients to “always remember that it’s far more important to have a spirit of hospitality and friendship as the emphasis of your home, rather than neglecting to invite others to visit you there just because you lack large rooms or expensive furniture.”

After reading Small Space Organizing readers will be able to:

–          Create a non-traditional entryway space

–          Find a creative space for a home office

–          Craft a spa atmosphere in a teeny-tiny bathroom

–          Design a nursery space to nurture a  newborn

–          Find storage space that’s hiding in their kitchen

–          Downsize their living space successfully

Small Space Organizing will help readers at every stage of life create an inviting home and maximize living. Everyone from the newlyweds struggling to fit all their wedding presents into a small apartment to empty-nesters with years-worth of sentimental possessions moving to a smaller home can benefit from Bechen’s expert advice.

For the reluctant downsizer faced with the daunting task of moving into a smaller living space, Bechen offers encouragement and practical tips for the emotional process. “It’s normal to go through an array of emotions during your downsizing process,” says Bechen. “It helps to get through it by keeping your mind’s eye focused on the end results of a lovely new right-sized home, decorated in a style you love, in a neighborhood that’s just right for you at this new stage of your life.”

 

My Thoughts

Small Space Organizing  by Katheryn Bechen

For me, this is a good book to start of the New Year; my house is not so very big, so I needed advice, tips and ideas on how to organize each room better. I found this book to be a lot of help for me in a number of areas in my house.

The chapter on downsizing was really good because that is something I really need to do, but just can’t part with stuff. I like that the author realizes the emotional issues of getting rid of stuff. Making a list of things you need and want to keep, and things that you no longer need is a wonderful idea, and one I will be using. I think I will do one room at a time, making it easier for me.

The resources at the end of each chapter are helpful as well, because some of the things I had no idea where to find. I appreciate Kathryn Bechen for writing this book on organizing small places to help people like me! If you have problems with space, or just want to learn to organize you things better, I highly recommend this book for you.

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

I received this book from the publisher Revell to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.

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Special Blog Interview from the Author 

Kathryn Bechen INK Professional Writer &  Book Author

 

 

                  www.KathrynBechenINK.com

Author of

Small Space Organizing:  A Room-by-Room Guide to Maximizing Your Space

                                                            

Sample Media Questions

Q:  Do you consider small space living a “quality of life” choice and if so, why?

A:  Indeed, I do.  Whatever housing lifestyle choice you make for your family I think is okay, but I think that you should make sure you’re consciously choosing, and not just going with a McMansion in the ‘burbs or an acreage in the country with a big house because you feel outside pressure from anyone else to do so.  I believe housing size is a lifestyle choice too in that housing size and the number of possessions in it take up time in your life, and time IS your life, so you want to be sure you’re spending your time in a way that feels right for you because you can never get time back! If living in a large home with a large yard full of flowers makes you happy because you like having big family and friend gatherings there, and you are comfortable with all the time, maintenance, and expense that all involves,  then I think a larger home is right for you.  If, like me and my husband, you would rather live in a (high-quality) small space that does not require hours of cleaning and large outlays of money for home maintenance, lawn care, and furnishings, plus gives you more time to spend doing enjoyable things together, having small dinners with a few friends, and traveling, then I think small space living is for you.  And always, no matter what the size of your home space, personalize the furnishings and decor to your taste so it feels beautiful to you.   That doesn’t mean you have to spend tons of money; it means choosing furnishings and accessories within your budget that you feel are attractive.

Q:  What does “rightsized” living mean?

A:   I think “rightsized” is a relative term, personalized to you and your family.   A home that seems small to one family might seem big to another.  A home that seems small to you at one phase of your life might seem large at another time in your life.  When I personally think of small space living, I think of about 400-1200 SF, but some people might think my 1200 SF apartment is big.  I’ve heard people say they’re downsizing to a “small 2700 SF house.”  To me, 2700 SF is big!    Again, I’d like to inspire people to make very conscious choices as to the size of home space they live in, so they’re happy, because I believe when you’re happy at home, it radiates out in a positive way to others in the world.  Kind of like when you find the perfect jeans that fit just right!   And likewise, I’ll be bold enough to declare here that when your home space doesn’t feel appropriate and supportive to you, you sadly radiate that crankiness out into the world too!

Q:  What’s the first step to downsizing?

A:  Buy a 3 inch three-ring notebook and clear sheet protectors and a pencil case that you can put on the binder rings so you can take notes, keep biz cards  etc. in the sheet protector, and put pens and your keys in the pencil case. Begin by walking through every room in your home and list out every large item and furnishing that you want to donate or sell so you will be able to see what you’re going to have to move.  Do this with any outside storage sheds and the garage as well.  Don’t forget the attic or other out-of-the-way spaces.    It’s not carved in stone; you may have to walk through your home numerous times, and you may have to negotiate the items with your mate and family as well.

 

 

Q:  Can someone really be happy, and stay organized, living in just one room?

A:  Absolutely!  Some people actually prefer it, especially if they live in a studio apartment in someplace like New York City where the excitement and culture of the city is their “backyard,” or in San Diego, where parks and beaches are the same.  In one room, everything has to have its place, and I believe every home should have only the things in it that really bring you joy, but when living in one room, that’s even more important.  Make your home beautiful to you, even if it’s one small room!

Q:  What’s your best tip for creating a foyer if you don’t have a “real” foyer?

A: If you enter right into your living room, create a “foyer” near the front door using an attractive small bedroom nightstand.   Hang a mirror over it, and place a basket under the legs of the nightstand.  Put your keys in the nightstand, put your shoes in the basket, and check your “do” every day in the mirror before you leave the house.

Q:  What are your two best small space organizing tips?

A:  1. Keep your gadgets and appliances simple by buying only what you’ll truly use.

2.  Use all-white dishes and clear glassware to cut down on how many dish sets you buy.  If a dish breaks, you can easily find a new similar white piece and not have to get a whole new set.

Q:  How in the world can you create a “spa-like” experience in a teeny-tiny bathroom, especially if the kids’ rubber duckies have taken up residence?

A:  In a small home, especially if there is only one bathroom, the bathroom should ideally be totally free of clutter and toys.  You can achieve that by giving each family member a plastic basket or tote to hold their toiletries and toys.  Instead of being stored in the bathroom, each family member keeps their basket in their bedroom and carries it to and from the bathroom.  They also keep their own towel and washcloth in their bedroom–hang it on a hook in the closet.  Many of us used this M.O. in college.    Assign time slots for each family member to bathe for 30=45 minutes daily each so there is no squabbling about sis taking too long in the bathroom.  Set a timer if need be.  Make it a family rule that each member will respect others’ time in the bathroom and not interrupt so each family member feels they can have their private bathroom “spa time.”  And last but not least, each family member cleans up after themselves immediately after their bathroom time so it’s clean for the next person.  No whiskers in the sink and no pantyhose dripping on the bathroom rod!

 

 

Q:  What’s your best tip if a couple has to share a small home office?

A: (Laughs.)  Pray!  Seriously, unless you work on projects together often and need to collaborate, each person should have their own side, corner, or at least a desk that’s uniquely theirs, and the other person should not invade their turf without permission.  Do your best to keep order on both sides; don’t let it get totally out of control with clutter as that’s disrespectful to your mate if you are sharing a space.  That being said, Nancy Neatfreak is going to have to lighten up a bit if she’s married to Max Messy.  My husband and I share a home office, and he has one side of the room and I have the other.  I systematically put everything away at the end of the day, and he’s a little bit looser with his paperwork, but not a messy.  He uses a big black chair and office armoire that closes up so I can’t see his paperwork, and I have an Old World feminine style desk that I love, and a pretty slipcovered chair.  Put your personal decorative stamp on your side of the room, and don’t worry about your styles matching. When people walk into our home office they laugh and immediately comment on whose side is whose because it’s very obvious!

Q:  What’s your best organizing tip for kids sharing a bedroom?

A:  Just like a home office shared by mates, kids should each have their own side that’s personalized to them.  Or at least their own bed if using bunk beds, for instance.  I think each child should have their own desk for school studies as well, and their own dresser and side of the closet.

Q:  How is it possible to create an organized “library” in a small home?

A:  Buy tall white bookshelves and line your longest living room wall as a focal point.  Arrange the books on the shelf in an artful way, mixing in collected knickknacks for an interesting look.  Or, today your e-reader, in lieu of bookshelves, can be your library in a small space if you don’t want to dust bookshelves.  Also, if you have a dining nook, you can put floor to ceiling bookcases to create a charming little library.

Q:  In your book you talk about the binder notebook method.  What is that exactly?

A:  It’s the three-ring binder notebook I mentioned in the downsizing question above.  It helps you have a portable place to jot down your thoughts, plus store biz cards and fliers from housing developments you’re touring etc.

 

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Q:  What free download do you have today for our readers/listeners so they can get started right away in organizing their small space home?

A:  Go to http://www.SmallSpaceOrganizing.com and sign up to get the free article I wrote, Small Space Savvy in a Big Stuff World.  There’s also another free home organizing and decorating article there as a bonus.

 

Bio for Author Kathryn Bechen

Kathryn Bechen is an award-winning professional writer whose articles have appeared in popular national and regional magazines and newspapers. She specializes in lifestyle feature articles and has also published several organizing and decorating e-books. The lifestyle companies she founded, Organized with Ease and Kathryn Bechen Designs, have served clients worldwide. Kathryn has organized and decorated 13 personal small space residences together with her husband Steve, and they currently live in their favorite small space ever: a 1,200-square-foot high-rise apartment in beautiful San Diego, California. She blogs about timely lifestyle topics at http://www.KathrynBechenINK.com.

Kathryn Bechen is an award-winning professional writer whose articles have appeared in popular national and regional magazines and newspapers. She specializes in lifestyle feature articles and has also published several organizing and decorating e-books. The lifestyle companies she founded, Organized with Ease and Kathryn Bechen Designs, have served clients worldwide. Bechen has organized and decorated 13 personal small space residences together with her husband Steve. They currently live in their favorite small space ever: a 1,200-square-foot high-rise apartment in beautiful San Diego, California. She blogs about timely lifestyle topics at www.KathrynBechenINK.com.

 

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Welcome to the blog tour for Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey! Win an iPod!

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey!

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey is the continuing story of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadt (First introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time they are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world  – the Mona Lisa. You can help Gabi and Eric with your very own iTouch SPY pack when you enter The Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway! They’ll be announcing the winner during an intriguing Facebook Party and Live Author Chat on 1/31! Click for details and don’t miss the fun. Prizes, spy training and a LIVE Q & A with Tricia and Mike! http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13449999

Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

Chasing Mona Lisa co-written with Mike Yorkey

Watch the Trailer

Download the Discussion Guide

Visit Mike Yorkey’s Site

 

Book Blurb

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps.

My Thoughts

I don’t really know a lot about old art pieces, but I do like to read about them, and reading Chasing Mona Lisa was filled with detailed information about this wonderful painting. All of this information clearly shows the amount of time the author spent in researching this book, and how well she planned the writing of this book.

But for me, even though the history part was interesting, the book was difficult for me to read. It just didn’t grab me in the way I like for books to do. We follow the journey of the Mona Lisa that Colette is to be protecting, whatever the cost. In this fast pace chase trying to protect this piece of famous art, the authors have created characters that are powerful and brave, and willing to do whatever it order to make sure no one gets their hands on this painting.

If you enjoy art and history, you would enjoy reading about the Mona Lisa piece of art. I recommend that you purchase this book and see for yourself what you think of it!

I was provided a copy of this book from LitFuse Publicity Group. I want to thank Amy for making sure I rec’d this book, even though the publisher didn’t send it in time for the tour. The opinions in this review are mine only.

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Read an excerpt, watch a video and find out more here. http://www.triciagoyer.com/historicalfiction.html#ChasingMonaLisa

About the authors:

Tricia Goyer is the coauthor of The Swiss Courier as well as the author of many other books, including Night Song and Dawn of a Thousand Nights, both past winners of the ACFW’s Book of the Year Award for Long Historical Romance. Goyer lives with her family in Arkansas. For more about Tricia and her other books visitwww.triciagoyer.com

Mike Yorkey is the author or coauthor of dozens of books, including The Swiss Courier and the bestselling Every Man’s Battle series. Married to a Swiss native, Yorkey lived in Switzerland for 18 months. He and his family currently reside in California. For more about Mike  and his other books visit http://www.mikeyorkey.com

Link to buy the book: ow.ly/8sRzd

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Win an iTouch SPY Pack in the Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway from @triciagoyer @mikeyorkey!

Chasing Mona Lisa is the continuing tale of Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler (first introduced in The Swiss Courier). This time the due are on a relentless quest to save the most famous painting in the world  – the Mona Lisa. You can help Gabi and Eric with your very own spy pack when you enter The Chasing Mona Lisa Giveaway!

One passionate protector will receive:

  • iTouch (The must-have device for any spy. Camera, Maps & Music.)
  • Starbucks Gift Card (For all those late nights.)
  • Moleskin Notebook (For those important notes.)
  • Invisible Ink Pen (Don’t want anyone reading those important notes.)
  • Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey (Great handbook and intriguing tale for any spy-in-training!)

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends at noon on January 31st. The winner will be announced at the Chasing Mona Lisa Facebook Party on 1/31. Tricia and Mike will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from Tricia’s website) and giving away their books and a Book Club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club AND a LIVE Author Chat for your group with Tricia and Mike.)

So grab your copy of Chasing Mona Lisa and join Tricia and Mike on the evening of the 31st for an author chat, spy training (do you know how to pick a lock?) and lots of giveaways. 

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Don’t miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 31st!

CFBA Tour….The Mulligans of Mt Jefferson…..by Don Reid

This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingThe Mulligans of Mt JeffersonDavid C. Cook (January 1, 2012)byDon ReidABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Don is one of the original members of the STATLER BROTHERS, the most award-winning act in the history of country music. He and his brother and two friends began singing in their hometown of Staunton, Virginia when Don was only fourteen years old. Working all over their home and neighboring states as a part time group, they were discovered in 1964 by Johnny Cash and given their first record contract. By the time Don was 20 years old, the STATLERS had their first major, world-wide hit record with FLOWERS ON THE WALL, which started a string of hits that generated a career in the music industry that lasted for four decades. The STATLERS have been recipients of multiple industry awards:

It wasn’t until the STATLER BROTHERS decided to retire from traveling in 2002 that Don pursued his writing career to another level. Having songwriting and scriptwriting under his belt, the next obvious step was to write a book. And that book was the scripture based HEROES AND OUTLAWS OF THE BIBLE published in June of 2002 by New Leaf Press. He has since written two other non-fiction books and in 2008 saw another dream come true for Don when he released his first novel, O LITTLE TOWN. Novel number two came in the form of ONE LANE BRIDGE, and THE MULLIGANS OF MT. JEFFERSON, is a sequel to O LITTLE TOWN.

Don is the father of two sons. Debo and his wife, Julie, and daughters Sela Mae and Adra, live within a stone’s throw. You may have seen Debo’s name on many songs written with Don on albums over the years.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Cal, Harlan, and Buddy grow up together in a small Virginia town in the years before the second World War. United by age, proximity, and temperament, they get into—and out of—all the trouble that boys manage to find. They even earn a nickname from a local restaurateur who gives the boys their first jobs and plenty of friendly advice. “Uncle” Vic calls them the Mulligans, because they always seem to find a way through a thicket of trouble—family problems, girls, college, war—to success. Cal and Harlan and Buddy have been blessed with second chances.

Now it’s 1959, and police lieutenant Buddy receives an early-morning phone call: his friend Harlan, a store owner, has been shot in a break-in. Cal, now a preacher, meets Buddy at the hospital, and together, as professionals and as friends, they begin to unravel what might have happened to Harlan.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Mulligans of Mt Jefferson, go HERE

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