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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.

Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 young daughters, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting brands.

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