As your family grows, you will probably find that your home starts to feel much smaller. You don’t necessarily have to move to find new space for your family members and their belongings. Instead of spending time and money moving into another home, try these four ways to add space to your home.
Get Rid of Useless Clutter
Most people accumulate clutter that they could easily eliminate from their homes. If you haven’t used an item within the last two years, you probably won’t use it again. Consider donating it to a local charity or selling it in a yard sale.
If you have some high-value items that you need to get rid of, you can even sell them at consignment stores or online. What’s better than making a little money while clearing up some space in your home?
Use Multi-Function Furniture With Storage Space
Even after getting rid of unwanted items, you may still have a tough time finding places to store all of your belongings. Instead of filling your closets, store your belongings in multi-function furniture such as hollow ottomans and tables with built-in drawers.
If buying new furniture doesn’t fit into your budget, you may be able to use your current furniture more efficiently. Sometimes you only need to purchase a few baskets to transform a piece of regular furniture into an item that doubles as storage space.
Install a Ductless Heating and Cooling System
The heating and cooling ducts installed behind your walls can take up a lot of room. If you’re planning to remodel a part of your house, remove those ducts and install a ductless heating and cooling system. Depending on what type of ducts you currently have, you could add a foot or more to each room.
In addition to saving space, a ductless heating and cooling system could help you save money. Instead of turning on a large HVAC system that serves every room in the house, you only need to run the heating or air conditioning in the rooms you use.
Find Better Ways to Organize Your Belongings
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Smart organization is essential to adding space to your home. Get creative when finding better ways to organize your belongings. If you don’t have much cabinet space in your kitchen, you might want to move some of your food to jars or baskets that hang on the wall.
There are dozens of creative ways to organize your home better. Use the internet to learn about solutions that other people have found useful. There is a good chance that someone has already solved the organizing problem that makes your house feel smaller than it is.
No matter the size of your home, you can almost certainly find ways to add space without spending much money. The next time you feel frustrated because you can’t find a place to store an item, take a look at your home and think creatively about how you can add space. The ideas you come up with may surprise you.