How small or big a room is does not define how spacious it is. A small space would be better than a big, disorganized, and cluttered room that looks messy and confusing. A well-organized room feels welcoming and cozy because it is easy to clean and maintain tidiness. It is a good place to relax and enjoy the cool fresh air that a home should have unlike when it’s all loaded with clutter. You also get to save time as you can easily access what you want instead of turning the room upside down.
If you had plans to move just because you felt your space was too small for you, perhaps reorganizing and decluttering is what you need. Here below are some simple ways through which you can maximize space by just putting things in order.
1. Use the vertical space to your advantage
When everything is on the floor and the room is full to the brim, vertical space can be life-saving. Instead of placing your decorating house plants and flowers on your table or on the floor, consider suspending them from your living room ceiling. Also, hang your pictures and arts on the wall.
Another way of maximizing your vertical space would be to create shelves above your bed where you can store your beddings. Better still, get double-decker beds if you need several kids to share a room. Several shelves in the home office too could serve as storage for files instead of placing them on the table or on the floor.
For seasonal items that you only use when the right occasion rolls in, consider assigning a dedicated space for them in your storage closet or room. You could put your Christmas tree inside one of these upright storage bags and keep delicate ornaments in padded containers. Then you can store all that at the back of your utility closet or in the attic. If you don’t have enough room in your house, consider renting a storage unit to store these items. That will keep seasonal decorations and other rarely used stuff from cramping your home.
2. Rethink your kitchen storage
If your kitchen doesn’t have kitchen cabinets or you need additional ones, you can think of purchasing ready-to-assemble cabinets. These cabinets are no less than the common inbuilt cabinets, except that you will assemble them yourself. Don’t worry about assembly hustles because these cabinets are the easiest to put together provided you have basic furniture assembly know-how and tools. They are cheap and affordable, durable, and most importantly, they are custom made. RTA cabinets will surely offer maximum storage for you instead of cluttering the kitchen table.
3. Get rid of things you don’t need anymore
Sometimes spaces get too small just because there are things that no one needs or uses in the house but, in the spirit of hoarding, you still cling on to them. Dispose of the clothes which are too old or have become too small for you to give your wardrobe more space. If your baby no longer needs the baby walker, move it elsewhere like in the garage, or donate it to someone who could use it. Dump the faulty kitchen appliances and the worn-out mugs/plates. Do not keep too many chairs in your dining area that are not needed. Be cautious about your space when making purchases: If something is not absolutely important to have if you can manage without it, it is best that you don’t buy it in the first place.
4. Make use of the under furniture space
The space under your bed can be stored for seasonally used items like your heavy duvets and boots for winter. You can use containers or boxes to pack what you need under the table. This is for easy cleaning and dusting off. You can use the space under your TV stand to hide your corded cables instead of leaving them lying all over the living room.
5. Rethink your furniture
Having your sofas against the wall can help create space in the middle of your living room which you can use for family workouts and exercising. Consider getting a foldable bed for the guest room. You can fold and lean it against the wall to create a free space that can be used for something else maybe when doing Yoga.
6. Use room dividers to divide the room into small areas
Room dividers can be anything from a sliding barn door, divider curtains, furniture, etc. Dividing the room will help you utilize the space maximally and it is also a way of keeping it orderly since you are able to define every area and its work. For example, you can use classic divider curtains to separate the living area and the dining area or the bedroom to create a small office area, the kitchen to create a foodstuff store.
You will agree with me that enough space is always there, it is only a matter of being creative and being able to utilize every single space properly. Make every part of the house functional in an organized way and you will realize how huge your space is.