How to Maximize the Space in Your Home
If you are like most people, it can often seem like there just is not enough space in your home for all of the things you need to fill it with. There are too few rooms and not enough room within those rooms for furniture or books or really anything you might want to put in there. This can be pretty frustrating and can mean a more cluttered house as things start to pile up in corners and shelving starts to overflow. However, if you know what you are doing and if you have the right kind of creative energy, it is possible to turn this kind of situation around and create more space. You do not have to bite the bullet and try and buy a bigger apartment or a bigger house. This is undesirable, both because it is an expensive proposition and because you are probably still going to run into the same problem. It will just take a little while longer than in your smaller home to get to that point. So, here are a few tips and tricks that can help you maximize the amount of space that you and your things take up in your home. Apply them to your own situation as best you can and adapt where you think you need to.
The first rule you are really going to have to set for yourself if space is a problem is to cut back on the amount of stuff you have. There are things you can do to economize space and make a little room seem like a lot of room, but there is a certain point where, if you have too much stuff, it is not going to fit. So, find what you are willing to get rid of and then get rid of it. Hold a yard sale, give it away to friends, send it over to a charity, or you may consider simply throwing it in the trash. Once you have gotten rid of the stuff you are willing to part with, take a look at everything you own again and really decide if it is something you actually need or want. Then go through the purging process again, getting rid of as much as possible. Of course, this is going to be a difficult step for a lot of people to get past. It is hard to let go of stuff once you have it, even if that stuff is not very valuable, either in a sentimental way or a literal money value. Hoarding is a legitimate problem for some people, but if you can do something to limit the amount of space you take up before you actually start making changes to your home it will go a long way to improving your living space.
One strategy I will not spend too much time on but that is related to avoiding hoarding is to just not bring much stuff into your house. Never let it get to the point where you have to decide if you want to get rid of something. If you just do not buy or pick up a thing in the first place, then you never have to struggle with yourself to remove it from your home. Whenever are making a decision about whether or not to buy something, consider where you will put it in your home, how much you really want that thing, and if there will come a time where it is just clutter getting in the way. This way, you can avoid having to find a spot for things that are not that important among the possessions you care a lot about.
Now, it is time to get into some real strategies you can use to find a place for the things that are really important to you. Your first objective is going to be the shelf, and I am not talking about any shelves that came with your house standard. Having more shelves means that all of that air space that is going unused gets taken up and is given a purpose. An empty wall can hold a lot of stuff if you put the right furniture on it. Now, you might think that shelves are not the end all be all answer and that there will come a point where it is weird how many shelves there are in your home. Eventually, you are going to have too many shelves, right? Well, yes, but if you diversify the kind of shelves you are using that point will come much later. There is a world of difference between a regular, blocky shelf you get from Ikea and something that is homemade, or custom built to look good in your home. Shelves are usually pretty cheap as well. Most of the time they are just wood, or plastic and those materials are not all that expensive. You also need to take advantage of the existing storage space that is available to you and make sure shelves that are too far apart get pushed together so that there is no negative space being wasted. Pull shelves out and put them back in so that the maximum amount of space is being used.
Finally, there are a couple of things to keep in mind through all of this clearing and storing process. Do the best you can to keep stuff off the floor (At least stuff that does not belong there). If you have a bunch of clutter on the floor it looks really bad and tends to get in the way of foot traffic. Further, if you are too efficient with your storage it also may not look complimentary to the overall feel you are trying to accomplish. If you have hundreds of shelves on your walls with a whole lot of stuff all over them, it looks almost as bad as if there were piles and piles of junk on the floor. Maybe the difference between those is a bit starker than that, but it is still important to remember rule number one and get rid of stuff that you do not actually need.