Making A Small Home More Spacious
Issue: Sep 2020
In this day and age, new homes are getting smaller and smaller. Having a lack of space at home has made it essential for us to have designated spaces for different activities at home so that we can stay productive and concentrate on what we do. Many people who have run out of space in their storerooms have no choice but to use spare rooms as an additional room for storage. Having space allocated for specific activities is a good way to make the most of the limited space in a small home. These spaces can be classified into three types: personal, functional and creative. For example, since your bedroom is where you take time for yourself it would be considered a personal space. Your workstation is categorised as a functional space since that is where you will be buried in work. Finally, your kitchen or a table could be your creative space where you either bake or make handicrafts. When these spaces are untidy, our state of mind will also be adversely affected.
Your pastime would most likely require storage space. The space taken up by it can make your small home feel even more crammed. Sectioning off different areas in your home and setting rules for your kids to follow when they are in designated areas can minimise the chances of things going missing, prevent damages or mishaps.
When your home is cluttered, you’ll likely find it hard to locate your items and have to go through piles of items before you find what you’re looking for. This can cause stress and anxiety. The space that the clutter is occupying could otherwise be used for other activities. Only using the three aforementioned types of spaces for their intended purposes can greatly benefit the mental health of everyone in the household. Without these dedicated spaces, productivity will likely decrease, leaving us feeling stressed out.
Make tidying up your home and getting rid of clutter an activity for family bonding. Each family member can be responsible for a specific space to promote teamwork as every one of you identify items for decluttering, disposing and donating. Once you have done that, you will be left with more emptied out storage space that can be put to better use.
Even those living in larger homes face the same problem of running out of space since humans innately hoard what we’ve grown emotionally attached to. We have this tendency even when the item is not particularly useful since we are convinced that it will serve a purpose at a later date. One great way to organise your home is to section off different areas of your home and also divide your clutter into groups based on what items to throw out, donate and to be kept at a storage facility. Once you’ve turned it into smaller subtasks, you will find it a lot less daunting and more manageable to go about this organising exercise.
The thought of moving into a new home can bring about mixed feelings for new homeowners since it can be exciting and stressful at the same time. This is because it often comes with clutter and possibly delays in the renovation process. The newly bought items taking up space for an extended length of time can greatly heighten levels of stress. You can prevent that from happening by decluttering before the renovation work begins and having items stored away at a storage facility.