When Decluttering and Organizing, Think Modularly - Tiny House Blog

When Decluttering and Organizing, Think Modularly

Sarah Brown

Ever since I saw a  video tour of the International Space Station years ago, I became a complete fan of the module. If you don’t already know, the ISS consists of multiple modules, or pods, that connect together. Each module performs a specific task or is used for a specific type of activity. There are modules for sleeping, modules for scientific study, and even bathroom modules. Together, the individual modules work together for the entire system.

The International Space Station uses modules for efficiency and safety.

Not only is the module concept used in space, but it translates well back down on earth. Modules are used for everything from web coding and design to corporate organization and university courses.

Modules have been used in architecture (and RV design) for some time, but are really just catching on in residential homes. Modular homes can be prefabricated and each module fulfills a different function. Like the ISS, one module can be used for sleeping, one for cooking, another for fitness, and another for guests. As a complete system, they can fit together to create a fully functional home, or be kept separated for space and aesthetics.

Modules are being used for various types of homes—including tiny and small homes.

If you plan on going tiny, removing unwanted items from your home is usually the first step. The next should not include bemoaning said lost items, but enjoying the items  you still have. One way to do this is to make modules out of them.

This is just a compressed version of the larger home or ISS module, but works in the same way. Rather than having hiking or sports gear scattered around a home, keep everything together in one box or bag, shed, or drawer. The storage you choose becomes the hiking, biking, or soccer module. If you want to go play soccer, grab the module that holds clothing, shoes, water bottle, etc.

Household modules can be boxes, bags, or even buildings.

The same goes for organizing things for the kitchen (baking, grilling, or canning modules), closet (winter gear, summer gear, yoga modules), and even the garage or outdoor spaces (gardening modules, car repair modules).

Not only does the module keep things organized and like items together in one place, but each module can regularly be re-de-cluttered again rather than doing a full house declutter every six months.

By Christina Nellemann for the [Tiny House Blog]

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