Sometimes it can feel like your home is bursting at the seams, right? As families grow and more stuff accumulates, suddenly you’ve got nowhere left to put things or space to sit.
So, how do you reclaim more space in your home?
You already know what the first step is, don’t you? That’s right. You need to have a good clear out. Go through each room thoroughly. Clothes the kids have outgrown, broken toys, unwanted gifts, worn out shoes and kitchen gadgets you never use. It all needs sorting and getting rid of. Whether you give it away, recycle it or take it to the charity shop, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s gone.
It’s good to keep some things handy, like the pushchair or the vacuum cleaner. But what about the things we only use at certain times of the year? Summer dresses, winter coats and woolly scarves only need to come out for a few months, so why have them hanging around in your wardrobe or hallway all year? Think about putting clothes away in vacuum storage bags, which take up less space.
For larger items, you may need to think about alternative storage.
Adding storage to your home for bulky items you don’t use every day is a great way to free up space around the home. But where do you put this extra storage?
Boarding over your loft space and adding storage shelves is a great idea when your living space is already full. Another great way to add storage space is to get a shed. Many people think of sheds as places where old men spend their time doing hobbies. But when the cost to install a shed is around the £600 mark, it makes an affordable storage solution.
No more tripping over kids’ bikes, luggage bags, and sports equipment!
The final tip to find more space is to reorganise the house. This sounds dramatic, but if the way your house is used isn’t working, then you need to change it.
So many dining tables are used as dumping grounds rather than for family meals. And sofas can be impossible to sit on with the number of toys and clothes scattered on them. It’s not to say we don’t have clean homes, they’re just not very organised.
Add hooks to every room where clothes and coats end up lying around. At least that way they’re not taking up furniture space even when they’re not tidied away.
Keep a small basket handy in each living area, ready to throw toys into when your kids have got bored with them.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.
Welcome to my blog! I'm Laura, a 29 year old mum of two. I live in Kent with my high school sweetheart husband Dave, our daughter Autumn and newborn son Reuben.
I write about my experiences of parenting, as well as my plethora of interests including fashion, beauty, cars, weddings, mental health and the home.