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When you are single, or a couple without kids, your home seems huge. There’s plenty of space for all your stuff, and it still manages to look neat and tidy without too much effort. Then, family comes along. Even if you move to a larger home, you’ve never got enough space. Kids bits and bobs take up every spare corner and even after a day of housework, things still aren’t neat.
Fortunately, there are some brilliant ways to make the most of your space, maybe even allowing you to take some of it back for yourself! Here are some great ways to maximise your rooms and make the most of what you’ve got.
Furniture can be clever in a few different ways. Some, like an extendable dining table set, get bigger. Which is especially useful if you’ve got a large family or an open plan living space. Others, such as coffee tables can be used as extra storage space. Look at what your current furniture can do for you and make any replacements necessary.
Keep it Light
While light walls won’t give you more room. They will make you feel better about what you’ve got. Light, natural coloured walls can make a room look larger and help you to relax. Both of which are essential if you are struggling for space.
The best way to find room for everything is probably to get rid of some of it. Go through your drawers and cupboards, be ruthless and set aside anything you don’t want or need. Sell or donate anything you can, then throw away or recycle the rest. As a general rule, if you haven’t worn, used or looked at something for a year, you don’t need it. Check out the Konmari method for more decluttering tips.
Use the Height
Even in a smaller space, you’ve got height to work with. Mount shelves high up and use them for anything you don’t use too often. There are loads of options for wall mounted shelving, just make sure you fit them safely. Over door hooks and hangers make another great option when it comes to utilising space.
Hiding things is a fantastic way to neaten up. Move some of the kid’s toys into large plastic boxes that slide under their beds. If you’ve got room under the sofa, use it. Go around your home and look at what you’ve got to work with. You can even turn skirting boards into cupboards.
Small spaces can be warm, cosy, easy to heat and look brilliant. Many people with larger homes and big open rooms struggle to create the same homely feel. So, make the most of it. Enjoy the rooms you’ve got instead of always wanting to change them.
Your home should be a place that you can relax, unwind and be comfortable at the end of a long day. The last thing you want is clutter and mess ruining your enjoyment of it. Follow these tips to make sure they don’t.