Creating Space in Your Home
Over the course of the last few months, we’ve all become intimately acquainted with the confines of our own homes. Given this limitation, it’s easy to feel a little bit of claustrophobia. Perhaps you’re sharing the building with an active family; perhaps the clutter is getting a little bit out of control. If you’re going to retain your sanity, it’s vital that you carve out a space or two for yourself – where you can work, relax, and exercise in peace.
Let’s look at exactly how you might go about creating that space.
Creating Space with Storage
For every square inch of space that’s out of sight but not being used, you’re creating visual clutter. And the more efficiently you can use your existing storage space, the less you’ll have to rely on freestanding wardrobes, bookshelves, and other devices that can make a room feel that little bit smaller if they’re not used sparingly. If you’re trying to make space in a small house, then you’ll need to use every storage hack in the book.
Do you have any storage hacks to share? My daughter’s share a room and we managed to save space by removing their bookshelf when we bought new bunk beds with book shelves on them. They love their books!
Creating Space with Room Dividers
If you can’t create new space, then you can at least keep clutter out of mind, and gain some privacy, with the help of a few strategically-spaced screens. These are fantastic for partitioning off corners of bedrooms, living areas and hallways for use as art stations, studies, and meditation areas. Throw in a pair of noise-cancelling earphones and you’ll be able to put some mental distance between yourself and the rest of the household.
Take advantage of the garden
There’s nothing quite so capable of busting stress as a garden. It can function as an outdoor dining room, lounge, office space and gym – but only if you take care of it in the right way. This means making time to give the lawn a regular trim, tending to the flowerbeds, and installing a few tasteful items of garden furniture. As with any room in your house, you’ll want to bear in mind how you’re actually going to be using the space, and then plan the layout accordingly.
Hammocks and Garden Decorations
If you’re looking to really relax in the garden, then a fold-out sun-lounger or a towel spread across the lawn might do in a pinch. But a fixed item like a bench, or a hammock strung between two trees, can make a real feature of your garden furniture. The possibilities are endless, so be sure to experiment and do your research before investing.
I’m spending more time in my garden now and I’ve just invested in a new safety screen for the trampoline for the kids and a new rotary washing line. Exciting I know! But what about me? I love how garden furniture can be so comfy these days. I can’t lie on a sun lounger, but I’d definitely looking for something more cosy than folding metal chairs, which we currently have.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post
I like these suggestions cause they do not imply the extension of the house. Even though it can be a good idea in some cases, every homeowner who’s thinking about it should keep in mind that it will cost you additional money on heating and cooling.
If you can create some more space in your home using these tips, do it.
Yes, additional space implies additional costs on energy bills. But if you have already decided to make an expansion not for living but for storing things there (for instance) consider installing a duct HVAC system there. Since a duct system is an option that consists of several independent units located in each room where heating or cooling is necessary, it is an excellent solution for those who don’t often use every room in the house. Doing so allows you to reduce energy usage by only installing it in the areas where it’s most needed.
Quite true, but keeping your HVAC system well maintained is something that will help you save money. One of the most common problems to find is a dirty HVAC system. It’s vital to replace the air filter every few months or sooner. This will keep your system running smoothly and your heating bill reasonable because your HVAC doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the house warm. If your filter or pipes are clogged within your HVAC then it’ll take more air and more energy to maintain a certain temperature within your home.