Four Ways to Save Space in Your Home
Whether it’s to accommodate a growing family or to simply clean up and declutter a living area, most of us could use a little extra space at home. Before you consider upgrading to a larger property, however, it’s worth it to look at your own use of space and determine whether or not you are being as efficient as possible.
While the task of making your home more space-efficient can be overwhelming — particularly if you’ve lived in the same place for a long time — it’s one that will reward even an incremental effort. Here are some tips and general ideas to get you started:
- Get rid of stuff you don’t need. For many homeowners, clutter is the biggest impediment to a clean home. It can be extremely emotionally difficult to get rid of things, even if they’re clothes you never wear, kitchen tools that no longer work or obsolete electronics. Making these tough decisions is the first step in freeing up space in your home. Best of all, when you have high standards for what you keep, you ensure you are surrounded by things that bring you genuine joy. If you have items to discard that are still in good working order, consider donating them to a goodwill store, local shelter or other charitable organization — that way, nothing goes to waste needlessly.
- Find storage in new places. Once you’ve gotten rid of the clutter, you can save even more space by looking for creative ways to store the items you’ve decided to keep. Storage space can be built into beds, stairs, benches and a wide range of other home furnishings. If you can’t afford to replace your existing furnishings, there are plenty of DIY projects anyone can undertake. You can also look for low-budget solutions such as storing toys in old milk crates that are kept under the bed or rearranging your furniture to create unobtrusive corners for shelves or boxes.
- Opt for multifunctional appliances and furniture. Sofa or Murphy beds can easily convert a guest room into a multiuse space, or vice versa. As far as appliances go, you can save space by installing in your home a combination washer/dryer unit, an integrated HVAC system with both heating and air conditioning capabilities or a multifunctional stove that makes both slow cooking and quick meal preparation a breeze. New products are being introduced all the time — if it’s been a while since you last replaced your appliances, you’re likely to be amazed by some of the space-saving possibilities on the market today.
- Digitize old files. Are racks of file cabinets cluttering your basement, attic or home office? Make some space by converting them to a digital format and storing them either in your computer or in a secure cloud environment. Scanners are faster and more affordable than ever, making it easy to quickly convert those old paper files into a digital document that’s easier to access and less cumbersome to store indefinitely.
What are some of your tips for freeing up space in the home? Let us know in the comments section!