A small flat or house often feels like it’s always cluttered. Trying to move around and make space for the things you love and the things you love to do is difficult when you don’t have much space to store anything. By getting a bit creative and learning a few tips and tricks, you can add more space to your home and gain the ability to de-clutter once and for all.
Discover the Problem Areas
Where are you storing the majority of your things? Is there a pile of stuff in one place that keeps accumulating? We all have that spot in our homes where we throw the dirty clothes or keep the linens in a heap because we say we’ll fold them later. When you don’t have the space for everything you do and need, it can cause a hopeless feeling that lets you keep making the problem worse. Why put things away when you know they’re going to cause a mess later? If you have specific places for things and the means to organize, it will give you more of a reason to keep it up.
What Are Your Organizational Needs?
The problem areas of your home let you discover where you can stand to have more organization. There are some simple solutions you can employ to keep things in order and enjoy a clutter free space.
- Look into closet organizers to get shoes and bags off the floor and stop those piles from accumulating all the time
- Use a coffee table or ottoman that has storage underneath for things like blankets, magazines, and other living room or entertainment items
- Put shelves into kitchen cabinets to organize pots and pans, food storage containers, and the many lids to everything that appear to multiply
- Build shelves up instead of only using bookcases to store books and nick knacks. There are several kinds of creative shelving options that can be hung on walls and built upwards
Opening Your Space
Though it seems drastic, the best way to create a larger space in your home may be to knock down a wall and open up the floor plan. This isn’t something you should do on your own and it is imperative that you check with your homeowner’s association or landlord before you do anything. Consider the possibilities, learn what the rules are for altering your space, and find a construction company or contractor that can do it right. Your landlord or homeowner’s association may have a list of appropriate professionals that can help.
Add Some Colour and Personalize
Organizing your space is one thing but you can also spruce up the place you live by adding some brightness and letting in some light. Adding window treatments, colourful wallpaper, or decorative touches are all good ways to make your space a lot more comfortable. These little things give you more reasons to want to keep your home looking good so that you don’t end up falling back into old patterns and letting the clutter build up again.