If you are in the process of selling your home and moving to a smaller residence, the lack of space can take its toll. If you share rooms, lack storage space, or feel cramped trying to live your day-to-day life, it can be overwhelming. I lived in a one-bedroom apartment with my kids, and trust me, I know the struggle. Luckily, I’ve discovered a few ways to make a small spot feel more like a spacious upscale apartment, and I want to share them with you.
Use Vertical Space
When you lack basement or attic space, you may need to get creative when thinking about storage. For instance, instead of cramping your living room or entryway with a shoe rack, use an over-the-door shoe organizer in an upstairs closet to consolidate your shoes. You should also use your vertical space strategically for décor. Hanging shelves create the illusion of extra space and bring character to a room.
Add hooks to every space that you can without looking tacky. In the bathroom, you can use hooks for hanging hair dryers, curling irons, and more. You can also install baskets on a bathroom closet to store brushes and other cosmetics. Don’t forget to put up a small magnetic strip for hairpins and other small metallic items. If you need professional assistance in achieving this, consider hiring a local home renovations company to quickly get the job done right.
Feel Free to use a Room Non-Traditionally
Just because it’s called a dining room doesn’t mean it has to be used for eating. You may want to create a playroom for your kids, a school-room for homework and studying, or a multi-purpose dining and crafts room. Also, a master bedroom might not always be best for the parents—if you have 3 boys, for example, sharing one room, they may need the largest room. Find out what works best for you and your family and feel free to experiment.
Clothes Aren’t Restricted to Closets
You may think the easiest way to store your kid’s clothes is to line them up in the closet, but that isn’t always the best use of space. A dresser can be handy, but it can be difficult to separate them by child. You can use a set of plastic drawers to give each child their own personal clothes storage, and under-the-bed plastic totes can be useful for storing seasonal or seldom-worn clothing.
The Bunk Bed Benefit
When you have multiple kids, a bunk bed can double or even triple your useable space. If you have two younger kids, you can even double up on the bottom bunk as they often feel more secure co-sleeping. You can also look into raising the beds to increase storage space. Similarly, a trundle bed can be used for younger children, and it will keep the room looking spacious when it isn’t in use.