In every home there is the need for more space. Regardless of how small your apartment or how large your estate, we all seek the need for maximum space to make our homes feel open and inviting. Check out these tips and tricks for how to maximize space in your home.
Open Your Entryway
The first area of your home that welcomes guests and sees your family off should be functional and have area to maneuver quickly and efficiently. Maximize space by placing a bench or sitting area to remove shoes and place kids backpacks when rushing off to school. Don’t have space for a bench? Ensure you have wall mounted hooks, open shelving to place knick-knacks and place a large mirror on the wall to reflect the rest of your home.
A Kitchen That Cooks
The kitchen is the busiest room of your entire home, therefore it must be functional, welcoming, and an enjoyable space to prepare meals and entertain guests. Maximize space with vertical storage shelving in your pantry and use drawer organizers for dry goods and food storage containers. Not enough cabinet or pantry space? Try adding open shelving to store your pots, pans, plates, smallware and glassware, to open up room in your cabinets for everything else. You might also consider a hanging rack above your counters or elsewhere in the kitchen to display your cookware and open up additional space.
The room you wake up to in the morning and see late at night often has the worst storage. Your bathroom can be maximized by assessing who uses the bathroom and how. Shared bathrooms with kids can utilize open shelving for toiletries and everyday hygiene products, while baskets under the sink and behind the door can be used to house small electrical beauty appliances when not in use. Just make sure nothing inappropriate for children is within their reach, leave those items high in a bathroom or other closet.
Public Rooms Need Space
Do your living room and family room quickly become messy without warning? Maximize space and eliminate clutter with multi-functional furniture, such as ottomans that hold video game accessories and coffee tables that have drawers and open shelving below. And if you haven’t already, consider a wall-mount television with hidden or remote cable boxes and controls. Finally, try large decorative baskets or classic chests to store your children’s toys while they’re not in use, without detracting from the visual appeal of your space. You’ll love having hidden space when your busiest rooms are packed with people.
Kids Rooms Aren’t Just For Sleeping
Whether your child is a newborn or a teenager, their rooms should be a reflection of their dreams but still be a space, which can be utilized for studying, playing and daydreaming! Create separate zones for playing, sleeping and quiet time or studying. Maximize space by hanging artwork and assignments on bulletin boards, art wire or other organization accessories to keep desks and surrounding spaces free of clutter.
Make The Most Of Your Bedroom
Your bedrooms should be a refuge from the world and a place where you renew your energy in the evening and wake up rejuvenated in the morning. Maximize closet space by storing out of season clothing in under bed storage containers and invest in closet organizers that separate type of clothes, shoes and accessories. Keep your work somewhere else. Documents and projects should stay in an office or other part of the home, so you can keep your bedroom clutter-free and relaxing.
A Productive Home Office
Many families are using their home office for computer time, doing homework/bills, crafts and more. Maximize your home office area with effective storage for all. Visit office supply stores and seek out coordinated office supplies and desk organizers that fit your needs. Utilize your white space by tacking bills or reminders on wallboards and minimize personal knick-knacks to keep the space clutter-free. You will love how much more space your home office has when it looks good too!
Love Your Laundry Room
While it may be the least loved room in the house, maximizing storage in your laundry room can mean the difference between getting your clothes washed and put away or not! One of the best and easiest ways to maximize space is with permanent or foldout counter space for folding and sorting, and shelves or cabinetry at arm’s length for detergents, with a hanging area for laundered clothes.
Don’t Junk Up The Garage
While many think the garage is for storing items you don’t want to see ever again, think again! Purging outdated furniture and broken appliances can maximize your garage space. Install overhead ceiling racks for luggage, recreation equipment, seasonal decorations and lawn equipment so you can fit your cars in the garage with plenty of room for comfort.
An Exterior That Reflects The Interior
Space saving outside isn’t as big of an issue as with inside the home, but ensuring your landscaping isn’t overgrown and unkempt can help remedy the illusion of a cramped and unwelcoming home on the inside. Speak the same welcoming ‘language’ in your outdoor home by keeping your curb appeal looking great. Keep your lawn cut, flowerbeds tidy and ensure your front entry is welcoming with a colorfully painted front door and minimal, but classic decor!
Don’t Be Challenged By Small Spaces
Studio apartments, college dormitory rooms and small homes don’t have to be a storage nightmare. In fact, living in a smaller home provides a great incentive to only keep what you absolutely need! Maximize storage by taking advantage of hanging bicycles from the ceiling, installing bookshelves over doorways, and installing built-in shelving in bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. If there’s furniture or appliances you don’t need, but absolutely can’t part with, look for a low-cost storage facility in your area to get that clutter out of your home. With a little imagination, you’ll find that you can create a lot more space without having to let go of fashion or function.