When it comes to minimalist spaces, the le thinking cap of innovation is your best friend. Whether it’s figuring out how to fit all your clothes from a bedroom double wardrobe to a single skinny one. Or how to wash dishes in a single sink without another for a drying rack. Or how to close a stubborn mini fridge door. Innovative design thinking comes to the rescue!
So how does innovation work when you don’t have a solution in mind? Cue design thinking. Asking the how questions instead of the what solution.
So that’s what I did =)
#1. How might I get a good nights rest of my mattress when I can feel the springs? [Mattress was new mind you and had no issues for 3 days when I moved in]
Pilot 1: Mattress topper (which wasn’t enough on its own)
Pilot 2: Mattress topper with pillows =)
#2. How might I fit all my clothes in the minimalist space?
I assessed the current resources: closet and bed drawers.
But ah, there’s space parrallel to the bed!
Perfect for mini storage buckets and tada 😉
#3. How might I wash dishes without a second sink for the drying rack?
Well I could fit the dish rack next to the sink [there was a small space between the stove and sink] but I needed something to hold the water.
Solution: a longish tray with indention to keep the water in =)
#4. How might I fix my mini fridge door not closing properly?
Pilot #1: Keep legs pushed against it while cooking. Kinda worked but wasn’t strong enough to make the seal stick.
Pilot #2: Hmm I need something heavy to push against the door. Oooh what’s that? Ah a heavy box storage from my colleague!
So there you have it, innovation in motion =) it doesn’t have to be big like the iPhone. It’s creating simple solutions that make our daily lives easier 😉 After all that’s what innovation is for!
If you would like to learn more about Design Thinking, I highly recommend The Creative Confidence =)