We’ve all been there. Looking around our home, feeling overwhelmed because it feels like there are things everywhere. Clutter. Mess. Unnecessary items that we’ve just picked up over time. Believe me…I know! This isn’t a pleasant way to feel and you can end up getting stressed over it all. Again…I know! But the good news is that there are a huge number of ways to create more space in your home, freeing up room and providing yourself with a nicer living environment to spend time in. Here are some that you might like to try out.
Start out your venture by decluttering. Take a look at all of your belongings and determine what you want to keep and what you don’t. Does the item have sentimental value? Is it worth a lot? Do you use it? If the answer is no, you may want to get rid of it. Of course, do this responsibly. Sell, donate, recycle. Whatever suits you best.
Clever Storage Solutions
Once you’ve decluttered, you’ll need to decide how you’re storing the items that you’re keeping. This is where storage solutions can come in useful. The right storage solution to suit your needs will depend on what you’re focusing on. If you have too many jars and tins in your kitchen, you may want to create a pantry or have more cabinets fitted. If you have too many photographs to store, you may want to scan them and store them digitally, making the most of system storage space. If you have too many books, you may want to switch to an e-reader or audiobooks. Whatever you want to pack away into a smaller space, there are likely to be options that will help to assist with this.
If you declutter, clear out your space and still find that your home feels cramped and difficult to live in, you may simply be in a property that is too small to meet your needs. A three-person family probably isn’t going to fare too well in a student apartment, no matter how organised and minimalist they may be. If you don’t want to move home – some people find that they are settled and enjoy the area they’ve found themselves in – you can always consider renovations such as extensions, loft conversions, basement conversions and more. An extension builds extra rooms onto your home, expanding into your outdoor space. A loft conversion will make a functional, living space out of a space that was otherwise relatively neglected. The same goes for a basement conversion. Of course, you need to make sure that you get planning permission before getting started on any renovations. This will prevent problems from occurring later down the line.
These steps vary in complexity, from time consuming and costly to simple and straight forward. Each can have significant results, so find one that fits within your budget and that you can try out. You’ll benefit from the results before you know it!