How many times have you looked around and wished you had a bigger home? Although most of us don’t have the luxury of being able to upgrade when our possessions have outgrown the house, with a few easy steps, you can make much better use of the existing space.
It can be quite cathartic to have a big clear out. You could raise a bit of cash for home projects by selling some items, but even if most simply go to the charity shop or recycling centre, you’ll still have the benefit of a decluttered home.
Use space wisely
Have a rethink about the arrangement of your furniture; you may be surprised at how much space can be freed with a little swap here and there. Alcoves, for example, may house a small table or chair, when they would better fit a set of shelves. Play around with the layout to see what can be achieved, taking photos for comparison until you’re happy.
Control the small stuff
It’s surprising how small objects can take over a house if you let them, creating clutter and preventing you from displaying more attractive items. A bit of organisation within drawers can help to bring order where none was before. Dividers and small containers can both keep things under control and help you to find things more easily.
Some things are only needed occasionally, but you have to store them all the time. Easily moved storage is one answer for this; wheeled containers that can live under a kitchen counter, for example, can contain the paraphernalia for cake decorating or your special dinner service. Likewise, in the bedroom, vacuum storage bags can be used to keep out-of-season clothing in the smallest possible space.
Expand upwards or downwards
If you’re lucky enough to have an accessible cellar or attic, use it well! With relatively little outlay, you could have a home office or a space where the teenagers can get away from you – or vice versa. Even if you use it for seasonal storage, it frees up other spaces in the home.
The worst thing you can do with a home is accept the status quo. With a bit of imagination and effort, you could discover all sorts of ways to make your house seem bigger and better than ever.