"Your house probably has more space than you realize!"
Many homeowners complain that they do not have enough space to store everything that they need to. If you are in this situation, it might be that your family has grown, or that you have simply accumulated more things than you can fit in a small area. You might have downsized to a smaller home, or maybe you’ve acquired furniture or an item, such as exercise equipment, that takes up a lot of room. Regardless of the reason, it can be difficult to find room for all of your belongings. If you don’t, though, then you risk your home looking and feeling cluttered and chaotic. Thankfully, there are answers!Here are a few possibilities:
- Have a professional install an organization system for you Whether you choose custom closets, a custom garage, a dedicated customized home office or something else, these home organization experts know what it takes to get a house under control and into a good system of organization. With a good variety of shelving, overhead storage, drawers, accessories and more, you will gain space that you never even knew you had!
- Pare down your belongings It goes without saying that as years pass, we tend to collect more items than we have the room for. If your clutter is starting to take over your home, take a few hours over the next several weekends to go through what you have. You may find that you have duplicate items, or that you are storing belongings that you really won’t need again. If this is the case, you can donate them to charity, pass them along to a friend or have a garage sale later in the year.
- Try to find creative ways to store items that don’t have a home You have a lot of inches of space in various areas of your home that can be used. For example, you don’t necessarily have to store only linens in a linen closet; you might choose to keep pet food or extra canned goods on the bottom shelf. You might also be able to use space above your head; custom garages often include overhead storage, for example, or you might store seldom-used items on top of your kitchen cabinets in baskets or other attractive containers.
- Use furniture that does double duty You might choose a coffee table that includes storage, for example. Some homeowners like to use antique chests as end tables or coffee tables, and store blankets or games within them. Another option is to have a Murphy bed installed in an office or spare room; during the day the bed will simply function is a place to store items. When you have company spend the night, you pull down the bed and you have an impromptu guest room!
Even if you feel that you have outgrown your home
or that your belongings are taking over, all hope is not lost. Contact a professional organizer or a custom closets expert, and listen to the suggestions that you receive. Your house probably has more space than you realize!