It’s incredibly rare that your first home will be the one that you stay in forever, especially these days. With property prices increasing at far higher rates than wages, more and more first-time buyers are having to settle for homes that will not be big enough for their needs beyond their first child. The time will come when you outgrow your home, and you will start searching for something with a bit more room. However, not everyone has the luxury of being able to afford to upsize whenever the need arises or is able to afford an extension If this is the situation you find yourself in, do not worry. Below are three tips to help you maximise the space you already have so that you have room to swing a cat for a few more years.
Have a clear out
This may seem obvious, but it’s amazing how much clutter you can accumulate within just a few years. Go through your wardrobe and throw out anything you haven’t worn in six months. If you haven’t worn it in that long, chances are you aren’t going to miss it much. If you have items of clothing which no longer fit you, but you plan to fit into once again, that’s fine. But try to avoid having your wardrobe being half full of clothes you can’t even wear. If you have an expansive DVD or CD collection, consider digitising it. That way you can free up a huge amount of space while making your collection more accessible. Attack every room with a ruthless verve, and try not to let sentimentality get the better of you. If it’s not being used, it has to go. After you’ve purged your belongings, you could even sell them online and send them to your successful bidder using a courier company. There are even companies that help you to find the best deal on couriers in your area. Simply reading through the Shiply Reviews will help you gain an idea on how this service works.
Vacuum storage may be the greatest invention in the history of stage solutions. It is a fantastic way of storing away things that are not needed on a daily basis in a much smaller space. It’s something I use to put away my spare bedding or towels that take up a lot of room. If, however, you weren’t quite as ruthless as you planned to be with the wardrobe purge, you could separate your clothing into cold weather options and warm weather options. Packing the less suitable clothing away for a few months in the vacuum bags can free up a lot of room allowing you to have a smaller wardrobe. Just try to avoid the temptation to buy more clothes to fill all that extra room!
Furniture takes up a lot of room, so it might as well earn its keep by doubling up as storage too. Ottoman bed frames allow you to use the entire floor plan of the bed for storage, all while providing incredibly easy daily access. You could also ditch the traditional coffee table and go for something with a little more personality. An antique-style wooden chest or blanket box makes a fantastic centrepiece for your living room, as well as proving a decent amount of storage for toys, spare bedding, DVDs, or anything else you could think of.
There you have it! Three some ways to create a little more room in your home should you need it. Hopefully these tips can help to provide a few more years of comfortable living for your family without having to resort to moving house.
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