Ask Away...: Making More Space in a Small Place

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Making More Space in a Small Place

Sometimes in life, you end up living in a place where you don’t have a whole load of room to operate. But just because you live in a small house or apartment, that doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of the space that you do have. Luckily, there are a few simple tips and tricks which you can use that will help you out. Once you have tried out some of these, you should find yourself with much more room so you can get a lot more enjoyment out of your place. So, let’s get started!

Declutter on a Regular Basis

Most people tend to let things build up to breaking point before they actually get round to decluttering their home. And this is going to be one of the most effective ways of clearing some more space, so check out if you have a lot that you need to get rid of. A good rule of thumb to follow is the 80/20 one which states that we use 20% or our things 80% of the time. It is the other stuff that you will want to deal with. Once you have had your big purge, the best way of making sure it doesn’t return is by decluttering little and often, as well as taking your time before you make any purchases so you are sure whether or not this is something that you actually need to buy. Another way of dealing with the problem is by getting some private storage space elsewhere so you can get rid of any bulkier items that you don’t want to get rid of completely.

Split Your Rooms into Zones

Once you have got rid of any clutter that is weighing you down, you can start dividing up the rooms that you do have. For example, if you have kids then you can section of one part of the living room that is dedicated to their toys and other entertainment. You could then have another section that is just meant for relaxing and maybe another one if you do some working out in your home. This way, you can stop stuff from spreading into the different areas. Since you don’t have many rooms to work with, making sure that they are multifunctional should be a priority.

Make the Most of Closet Space

Closet space is like gold dust in small places, so you want to be utilising any that you do have to its fullest potential. Rather than just having everything piled on top of each other, you should put in shelves, hooks and hangers strategically so you can make the most of the full height and depth of the closet. Empty space should be avoided as much as possible when you are organising a strategic closet!

Move Items from Floors and Surfaces

Unless you are using things on a regular basis, you don’t need them taking up extra space on floors and surfaces as this will make your house or apartment look a lot more cluttered than it actually is. Inexpensive shelving units and baskets can really make all the difference when it comes to things that take up space. And remember that your cabinet or drawer space is valuable, so it is worth taking everything out and evaluating whether or not each individual item is something that you need to keep. Chances are that if you haven’t used it in the past year, you are unlikely to use it anytime in the near future!

Use Vertical Space As Much As Possible

We have already talked about this one briefly, but vertical space becomes invaluable when you live in a small house or apartment. Vertical shelving units are absolutely invaluable so you can pile things up to the ceiling without feeling like it is taking up much more space in your home. Alternatively, some floating shelves positioned in various strategic locations have a nice minimalist feel to them.

Put Some Mirrors Up

Hanging mirrors are a very useful tool in creating an optical illusion that you have more space than you actually do. The best places to put these are in smaller rooms and narrow hallways where you don’t want to feel like you have been boxed in. Another common design trick is to hang your drapes as high as possible to make it seem like your ceilings are higher. So, when you physically don’t have any more room, this little trick can make all the difference!

Install Some Sliding Drawers

Storing food can be a particular problem in small kitchens, but a great solution to this is to install some sliding drawers. These can fit into standard cabinet openings or even gaps between cabinets so you can make the most of any unused space. And remember to go through your kitchen cabinets to root out anything which has expired or you are unlikely to need anytime in the near future.

Look For Any Space that Isn’t Being Utilised

You may find that you have a small amount of loft space or the area underneath the stairs that is not in use. These overlooked parts of the house have potential, so try developing if you can by building in some storage space. Ultimately, you don’t want to let an inch of space be underused if you can help it!

These are just a few techniques that you can use if you are looking to make more space in a small place. To start off with, you need to get rid of any clutter that is getting in your way and make a commitment to making sure that it doesn’t return to you home. Then, it is all about making your rooms multi-functional spaces and keeping things off your surfaces and floors that you don’t have any use for. Finally, you can use design tricks like making the most of height, hanging mirrors and placing your drapes higher. A combination of these things should help your small space seem much bigger!      

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