A home can fill up fast. Before you know it, you could be living in clutter and chaos.
The problem is only exacerbated in flats and apartments, and as the size of the average house falls, making the most of the space you have is an essential skill.
In an ideal world, you would just move to a bigger house when you needed more space. In reality though, this isn’t possible.
Luckily, we’ve put together a guide with some tips on making the most of the space in your home, without having to resort to moving house. Keep reading to find out more.
Consider your Furniture
Furniture can play a major role in the availability of space in your home.
Multi-function furniture can act as an additional storage option, look for tables and beds with built in drawers to give yourself more choices.
Some furniture can be done away with entirely. TV units can take up a lot of space, so consider mounting your TV on the wall.
This can free up floor area, but does come with the caveat of having to find new spaces for items that would have been housed in your TV unit, so think about it carefully.
Exposed-leg furniture can be an effective way of creating more visual floor space, while bookcases placed in unused corners give you further storage options.
Clear Floors & Surfaces
Removing clutter from floors and surfaces can immediately open up a room. Invest in shoe racks to tidy up hallways, while hooks can be used to hang jackets and bags.
Hooks, or even magnetic strips, can also be used in the kitchen. Using them to hang pots, pans, and utensils to declutter counter tops and free up space in cupboards.
Utilising dead space in the home, such as the area under the stairs, can work to create additional storage opportunities.
Install shelves on bare walls for books and other ornaments to sit, while nooks and corners can be converted into reading or study areas.
Evaluate what you have and be ruthless when it comes to throwing things away.
It will surprise you how much junk you can amass over time, so regular decluttering sessions can help stay on top of things.
While removing unneeded items from the home altogether is often a necessary step, for items that you don’t need right now but may need in the future, consider using an external storage facility.
Hire a storage unit to ensure your belongings are kept safely and securely out of sight until you need them again.
Use Light and Colour
Light is an important tool that can be used to create space in the home. Brightly lit rooms will appear larger than they actually are, ceiling lights can be supplemented with wall, table or floor lamps.
Use light-coloured curtains rather than dark ones to let natural light filter through and give your space an airy feel, while neutral coloured paint or wallpaper can breathe life and depth into a room.
Place mirrors strategically to create an illusion of space, they can work to open up a room and make it feel much larger.
Living in a tidy, organised space is, for many, essential for reducing stress and anxiety.
There are a range of tricks and methods you can use to make the most of the available space in your home.
Chose furniture carefully, clear your floorspace and play with light and colour to maximise space.
Be sure to consider external storage options too, as a clutter-free home makes for a clutter-free mind.
How do you like to make use of space in your home? Tell me all your thoughts in the comments!
Love, Sarah xoxoxo