Many of us have struggled with a lack of space as a result of having to work from home or juggle working with homeschooling. While restrictions easing means that we can get out and about more, it is likely that many people will be spending more time at home for the foreseeable future. If you’re short on space, here are some practical ways to make your home work better.
Investing in storage solutions and systems is an excellent way to free up more space and minimise the stress of keeping your home tidy and clutter-free. There are myriad options to choose from when it comes to buying storage or adding extra storage to your home. You can make a focal point in living spaces or bedrooms using shelving units, wall-mounted cupboards or open, pigeon-hole shelves or you can opt for hidden, discreet options. Examples include TV units, coffee tables and chests with pull-out drawers and beds that have storage underneath. You can also utilise the backs of doors to hang coats, hats or scarves using hooks and rails and make a display using books, frames and plants in living spaces or pots, pans and Kilner jars in the kitchen.
Most of us are guilty of hanging onto things we don’t really want or plan to use again. Clutter can cause rooms to look cramped and dark and it also makes it much more difficult and time-consuming to keep on top of tidying. If you feel like you’ve got stuff everywhere, it’s a great idea to embark upon a decluttering operation. Work your way through every room, going through drawers and boxes and creating separate piles for items you want to keep, throw away, sell or donate. Once you’ve got rid of anything you don’t want to keep, try to find a home for the items you do want to hang onto. If you’ve got stuff you want to keep but you’ve run out of room, look into self storage options. This is an excellent idea for big pieces of furniture that are taking up too much space or possessions you’ve inherited but don’t currently have room to display. With a storage unit, you can create more space at home without having to throw anything away or worry about it getting damaged or ruined in a garage, loft or basement.
Making your living areas more versatile
Many of us have been working from home over the last 12 months and our homes have also become cinemas, classrooms and gyms. If you don’t have the luxury of spare rooms you can convert into offices, fitness studios or homework dens, making your living areas more versatile is an excellent idea. Use versatile furniture, for example, sideboards and console tables, sofa beds and extendable dining tables to ensure your home caters to all occasions. You can swap a double bed in a spare bedroom for a sofa bed or a daybed to make space for a desk and chair to design an office that works as a bedroom for guests and turn an office into a dining room in an instant by putting your laptop away, storing files in a chest and extending the table.
Are you short on space at home? If so, don’t panic and assume that you’ll have to move house. There are ways to free up space, make the most of every inch available and keep stress and clutter at bay.