Whether you’re living in a big city or you’ve decided it’s time to downsize, living in a smaller space can take some time to get used to. But with the right mindset, you can make your small space seem bigger than ever. Small apartments and living spaces are becoming more and more popular, so ShedSpace have put together a few tips and tricks for those who need to maximize their space.
1. DITCH THE STUFF
The first step in downsizing is letting go of stuff you don’t need. Throw out those belongings you don’t use, donate the old clothes you never wear, or store away your seasonal gear that you don’t need for half the year with ShedSpace. Keep your space minimal, and by clearing out unused items is the perfect way to create more space.
2. KEEP IT CLEAN
Small spaces can seem messier because even a rogue pair of shoes can make the whole thing look cluttered. Get in the habit of putting things away when you’re not using them. As long as you stay on top of your routine cleaning, your home will feel and look more spacious. And the good thing about having a small home is it should take you less time to make it spotless!
3. GO UP
When it comes to making the most out of your small space, it’s time to go up. Wall shelving is a great way to make the most of your home and create plenty of room for relaxation, reduce the amount of furniture on the ground and utilize wall and ceiling space. You can purchase some great shelving units, that are both practical and decorative.
4. CLASSIC MIRROR TRICK
One of the oldest tricks in the book is hanging up a large mirror to make your home seem bigger than it actually is. By reflecting natural and artificial light, mirrors will bounce this light into your home and trick people to thinking the space is bigger than it really is.
5. MAXIMIZE CORNERS
Take advantage of the corners in your house for items like tables, desks, or corner shelves and you’ll instantly notice your home start to expand. By putting these furniture pieces in the corner, it’ll free up more space in the center of your room for friends and activities.
6. FIND THE RIGHT FURNITURE
The best way to pull your small room together is to find the furniture that fits perfectly in your space. Take your time when searching for furniture, and keep an eye out for sectionals that are designed to maximize your living space and create more room around the house. Some stores will stock a smaller sized sofa, purely for people with a small living space. Or downsize your double bed for a small double, it’s not a massive change to make but will do wonders for your room.
7. RAISE YOUR BED
Raising your bed can easily create the extra space you’ve been looking for. You may just want to raise your bed to make room for a few shoes, or boxes. However you can now find beds with built in shelving, work space and other nifty nooks and crannies.
8. PUT YOUR STUFF IN STORAGE
If you have a lot of things you use regularly but you’re not ready to let go of quite yet, ShedSpace is here. We connect people who need to space to local people in their neighbourhood who have space to spare, at a much lower cost than the average storage unit facility. Using a storage company is an awesome way to help you get organized, make some more breathing room around the house, and continue living big.
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