Saving Space In Your HomePublished on 13th January 2016
At Apropos we’re almost always preoccupied with new ways to create spectacular new spaces for your home – and, in doing so, expand the area available to you within your property. However, if you’re not yet ready to go the whole hog with a bespoke apropos extension, or simply don’t even have space for that, then we’ve put together a short guide to saving space within the home.
After all, if your home is too small; but you love the ideal location, traditional features or simply cherish the memories you made there, you’re left with two options for providing more space.
- You can extend; using up dead areas of the garden or an obsolete side return, to create extra interior space and give you and your family a little more breathing room.
- Or you can create the same extra space by streamlining your home and your clutter. You won’t get the added benefits of natural light (unless your hoarding has become completely out of control) but you will see a marked improvement on the space you have to work with.
If you’re leaning towards the first option, that’s great – get in touch with us now to book your free home design consultation. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a solution on a smaller scale, check out our top tips below to saving space in the home.
- Use the 12-month rule
The best way to create more space in your home is to get rid of all the things taking up that space. Obviously, you won’t be able to just throw everything out; amidst the piles of junk every household inevitably collects there are still items you’re going to need. So the best way we’ve found to declutter effectively is to use the 12 month rule. The 12 month rule does pretty much what it says on the tin – if you haven’t used it in 12 months, you don’t need it and you should save yourself the space by getting rid of it.
- For everything a place
Now that you’ve minimised your belongings down to only those things you need and use you’ll need the right places to keep them all. Organise your home so that everything has a spot and ensure that it is returned to that spot after each use. This way, you’ll avoid the trap of cluttering up your home once again by instead creating a good routine which ensures you make the most of the space available in your home.
- Think outside the box
When organising the items you’ve decided to keep hold of you’ll most likely find that for everything a place is easier said than done and purchasing new furniture to contain your possessions goes against the general ethos of space saving. So, this is where you’re going to need to get creative. Use up any dead space in your home – the boiler closet which never sees the light of day, that oddly shaped space under the stairs or even the side return you’ve never; known what to do with. Dead space doesn’t have to be dead; with a few clever design fixes you can turn dead space into storage space and give yourself more room to breathe at home.
- The only way is up
If even dead space is hard to come by in your home, you’ll need another way to keep your processions out of the way. The only way is up! Get yourself some floating shelves and identify the parts of your home where they’ll fit well. Create focal points and display your most cherished items up here where they won’t take up your precious floor space.
- Sit back and enjoy
The benefits of creating more space in your home, however you choose to do it, are universal. You’ll feel more relaxed and far happier living in a clean, spacious environment and you’ll have tons of space to plan your next project. The old adage goes that a cluttered home means a cluttered mind and by decluttering your home and incorporating a few space saving solutions, you’ll give your mind the same treatment!