How to Maximise Space When You Can’t Upsize.

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
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
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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24 Comments

  • We’really still in our first home, and now have 4 children too! We’re planning on having a loft conversion at some point but these tips will come in handy until then, thanks.

  • Excellent advice … I think furniture that works for it’s living is such good advice and that vacu-storage? I’m a slavish devotee. Loft conversions are worth the investment, but only if they are really well done. I have been a ruthless declutterer for many years … I have few regrets, only a few.

    • Fab! Yes, I love those vacuum bags! I have them everywhere. x

  • HI, these are great tips we had to have a big clear out and used lots of vacuum packed bags #DreamTeam

  • We have just done virtually everything you have talked about. And our house works so much better. THe boys beds have three draws under each one it’s brilliant #bloggerclubuk

    • Oh that’s a great idea! My son is desperate for a new bed but he’s over 6 foot and really could do with a double but the room is tiny so he’ll have to manage!

  • Clearing out clutter is always a good idea – I keep meaning to do it as we live in a small two-bedroom flat and have far too much stuff! #ablogginggoodtime

  • These are all really great tips! We are currently renting, we moved over from South Africa and despite still having a 3 bedroom house, we have had to considerably downsize purely because space in the UK is a rare commodity. We invested in all the storage furniture you can buy, my daughter recently got a cabin bed with a wardrobe beneath etc which is great in her matchbox bedroom!
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    Shevy
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    • Ooh yes I love those cabin beds! Great idea. Space is a premium here. X

  • Great points. I love a good purge, even wrote an ebook on the subject (free to subscribers).
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    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

  • Great ideas. Having a good clear-out and using vacuum packed storage are certainly things that I do especially as in Holland all space is used and there is very little storage available. I think the dutch sparked the loft conversion craze in England. Thank you for linking up to #ablogginggoodtime 🎉

    • Yes I think they did! Their lifts are huge (well the ones I’ve seen!)

  • Just to let you know that sadly Catie (Spectrum Mum) will no longer be a co-host for #ablooginggoodtime, we will have a new co-host this Thursday and you can still link up through Katie or myself reflectionsfromme.com Thanks, love Mackenzie

    • That’s a shame but thank you for letting me know. X

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