Cramped and Cranky? You Need To Make More Space In Your Home!

The problem we have is that families grow, but houses stay the same. For this reason, a house that was perfect for you and your partner ten years ago can be a nightmare now. With the addition of kids, pets, maybe even a relative that you care for- you can find yourself in the midst of a mad house. If you’re starting to feel like there’s no room to manoeuvre it’s time to take action, here’s how you can make more space in your home.

Declutter and Reorganise

Decluttering is key!

When there are new things coming into the home all the time, it’s easy to end up with lots of items that are redundant and sit in cupboards and drawers taking up precious space. If you’re serious about keeping a spacious and organised home you have to be brutal with what you keep. Regularly go through clothes, toys, books, homeware items and anything else getting rid of what no longer gets used. You could donate to charity shops, give to friends or throw away anything that’s past its best. You might think that selling items, especially in bulk will be a hassle but companies like Shiply this make it pretty easy. Once your items have sold, it’s a cheap way to get them to their buyer.

Start small. Organise kitchen cupboards and draws first. Then tackle your wardrobes (including what’s being dumped on top of them!) then continue to reduce what you won around your home piece by piece. Dedicate just 1/2 and hour per day to doing a little declutter. You will be surprised at how much stuff you no longer use or need. We decided to halve what we own, and the results were incredible! You can read more about our personal challenge with clutter here.

Find Good Storage Solutions

Once you’ve whittled down the items that you have in the home, the trick is to implement storage systems that work. Built in wardrobes are very useful as you get floor to ceiling storage, and they can be made as deep or shallow as you like so perfect for most rooms. They can also be built around any awkward nooks and crannies or odd ceiling slopes where normal furniture would look bulky and odd. Use drawer dividers, storage bins and baskets, shelves, under bed boxes and more. Everything will have a place, you’ll know where things are and it helps you to avoid the cluttered chaos that can arise in the average home.

We recently swapped bedrooms with our daughters. They took the master room, while we took one of the smaller rooms. We don’t own many clothes, but our tiny wardrobe looks a little odd, with the rest of our bedroom décor. We’ve wanted fitted wardrobes for a while now, so they are high up on our priority list.

Extend

If you’re really lacking in space and are in need of more (or larger) rooms, and you don’t want to move house, your only option is to extend. A traditional two storey brick built extension could extend your living room or kitchen downstairs while adding a bedroom upstairs. But this isn’t your only option. You could add a conservatory or orangery to the home as a dining room, which would free up space in the living room or kitchen. It could also be used as a playroom or teenage hangout. It will be cheaper and quicker to build than a traditional extension too. You could extend down into the basement or up into the loft, or even have a garden room built. This would make an ideal guest bedroom, home office or study room. They’re fully insulated so act as a normal room just separate to the house. They usually don’t require planning permission and are fast to build. A good choice if you need an extra room in your home.

Putting My Best Boot Forward- Making Progress Towards Self Sufficiency

You may have seen my post introducing #BestBootForward last week. I spoke about taking our first few baby steps towards living a more self sufficient lifestyle and why we want to take on the challenge. You can read my first entry for #BestBootForward here.

Today, I am answering questions from the lovely Chloe at Indigo Wilderness.

 

  1. What has your first step been and how did you find making it? Our first step was to clear the garden ready to start digging our deep vegetable beds. There were some old plants from last year that I hadn’t already cleared. In my defence I was heavily pregnant for the summer, and I found gardening very hard by the end. I couldn’t do much, so lots was left. We have spent the last 2 weekends tidying up the garden, and made a start on digging the ground. So far so good and the kids even helped pull weeds! The hard bit has been dealing with all of the plastic and rubbish that we have been digging up. Even a few feet down, crisp packets (BBE 2001) are still laying their in all of their disgusting glory. It really makes me hate plastic and the affects that plastic has on our earth.
  2. When can you make time to take another step forward and what will this be? I like to spend my evenings crafting. Either working on my latest crochet project or building miniature houses. Last night I put down my crochet hook and started making plans for the garden. We created a floor plan (to scale) and planned where the new vegetable beds and paths will go. Tonight, I will work on planning what vegetables to plant, where and when. Next weekend, we continue digging!
  3. Where is your favourite place to spend time outdoors? In my garden obviously! I like it when I can spend more hours outside planning and working on our garden. It’s nice when the kids help too. They are our future, and I would love for my kids to grow up appreciating and understanding all of the hard work that goes into growing your own food- rather than just expecting food to magically appear in a supermarket. My second favourite place is at my friends farm. We visit them every few weeks, and in the summer we enjoy BBQs and star gazing. Their back garden over looks the fields where I grew up in Newton Blossomville, so I love loosing myself for a few moments remembering an amazing childhood.

How are you getting on with your new years resolutions? Do you want toget outside more this year? Let me know in the comments!

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