If you feel like your home is too small regardless of its actual size, then it is time to make some changes to maximize the available space. The focus should be on making the most of the square footage and storing items effectively. The following tips will start you on the way to a more efficient and organized home.
Making the most of a small space requires creativity. Your home likely has high places that are under-utilized, such as above doors, over the closet clothes rack and a lofty corner or two. Older window valances make excellent storage for books and knickknacks. Adding shelves or hooks can make a significant difference in how a room looks and feels, and the changes are very low cost.
Divide and Conquer
A studio apartment is particularly challenging because there is no physical division between the living and sleeping areas. This is where an open bookcase can add character to a room while acting as an effective divider. You can organize your book collection while reducing clutter in the rest of the space. The open shelf design will prevent a closed-in feeling while offering a unique separation solution.
The simple truth about a small space is the more items you have in sight, the more claustrophobic the space will feel. You will need to look around and consider all the available concealing methods when unpacking after a move. Shelves and doorways can easily be hidden by curtains. Stylish baskets and boxes with lids are another idea to reduce visual clutter. You can also look into buying furniture with built-in storage. This can be sofas, ottomans, chairs and end tables.
Part of life is learning to let go of things that no longer serve a purpose. This is especially important when you are organizing and clearing space in a small home. The less you have to put away, the easier the job is. To reduce clutter, ask yourself what you truly need and be honest with the answer. Stick with it and donate the unnecessary items. Before bringing anything new into the house, make sure that it is useful and needed. Do not add things “just because.”
If your home has a bedroom that is not used often, consider turning it into a double-duty room. While it is convenient to have an extra bed and dresser for guests, the space is relatively useless the rest of the time. You can put the room to work for crafts, sewing, ironing or as a home office. A foldaway sofa bed or futon will create even more room, and the extra closet can act as storage.
Another approach is to reduce and organize your belongings to fit in any size living space. This is a handy approach when you move often due to a job or find yourself having to live with others on short notice. Knowing exactly what will work and what will not removes the guesswork and allows you to adjust to any circumstance. It will also help you to be more organized when you finally have a permanent place to call your own.
Small living spaces are becoming more mainstream as society moves toward a “less is more” lifestyle. If you are feeling claustrophobic, it may be time to cut down on clutter and let go of things that you no longer need. Making practical use of unused areas in your home will help you attain the goal of a clean and comfortable living space that gives you room to breathe.