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Small Space Organizing by Kathryn Bechen

January 19

Clutter stresses me out?  Does it stress you out?

This book took me on a different path than most organization books I’ve read.   The author has the reader look at the dwelling being lived in to honestly assess if that much space is needed before she has anyone go through all the stuff they’ve acquired over the years.

A variety of useful ideas are presented, encouraging me (and hopefully you) to put these ideas in use and make our homes a place we can enjoy.  This is not a strict “do it this one way” guide.  The author presents a variety of ideas, allowing you to implement the one that fits you.  I love it!

I think my first step after creating my notebook will be to organize my master bedroom, then make it “highly personalized” as the author suggests!  I can’t wait to get started!



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.”

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

Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.  I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.


  • Reply
    Kathryn Bechen
    January 31 at 10:48 pm

    Thanks for reviewing my book and I hope it helps your blog readers!

    Author Kathryn Bechen

    • Reply
      February 11 at 12:41 pm

      @Kathryn Bechen, I enjoyed reading the book and look forward to applying some of its content. Thank you for sharing the book with me!

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