Small houses have a lot of advantages. They are more energy efficient, easier to clean, and encourage more family time. But particularly with young children, it can be hard to keep a small space feeling organized with lots of people and things everywhere. Managing the clutter and giving everything a place is essential for maximizing your space. Here are four tips for making your small house feel much, much bigger.
Reduce the Furniture Impact in the Living Room
One of the best ways to save space is by eliminating unnecessary duplicate items. Instead, try to opt for dual-purpose products to minimize wasted space. A sofa in the living room can do double duty as a guest bed. An ottoman can function as an extra seat for guests, or a makeshift table for coloring books or puzzles. A hassock that opens can also be used to store blankets or toys to keep them tucked away when not in use. Mounting the television to the wall can eliminate the need for an entertainment center, allowing for more practical shelving to be installed underneath.
Scale Back in the Bathroom
Like the living room, the bathroom is another place to try to opt for dual-purpose products to minimize wasted space. Installing clear or frosted glass or a shower curtain will make the space in the bathroom feel larger and more connected to the rest of the room. A caddy that attaches to the shower head or suctions to the shower tile will allow you to store shampoos, soaps and bath toys without taking up space elsewhere in the bathroom. Vertical storage about the toilet can house toiletries or towels without cluttering up the sink or any cabinets. Opting for a bathroom mirror with storage can also provide a sleek way of hiding everyday bathroom products from sight, but still having them handy. If you are looking to do some bigger remodeling, switching out your vanity for a pedestal sink will increase your floor space for basket storage and also make the room appear much larger. This option is the most ideal if you have a linen closet or additional storage in the bathroom.
Create a More Functional Kitchen
A smaller dining table is the first place to start in maximizing space in your kitchen. A round table with a hidden leaf or drop sides can give you room for everyone at the table while eating, but allow the table to be less impactful on the space when not in use. If you prefer a rectangular table, choose one that is narrow. A pot rack suspended from the ceiling may free up a significant amount of cabinet space and keep pots and pans handy. Open shelves in the transition area between the kitchen and an adjacent room can be used to store everyday items and reduce the number of dishes that are stored in cabinets. If you’re a mom, you know you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and therefore want to invest some time in organizing in the best way possible. This will help you keep it cleaner, which will also enable having a healthier home.
De-Clutter the Kids’ Bedrooms
First and foremost, you’re going to want to get rid of all the unused toys, trash, and unneeded items in your kid’s bedroom. A daybed instead of a standard bed will allow for increased space in the room. A trundle will also increase the sleeping capacity in the room without monopolizing more of the floor space. Bunk beds work great for siblings sharing a room to provide more space for toys or a desk. A loft bed with a desk underneath is also a great way to make the most use of the space in the room. If closet space is an issue, opting for under-bed storage in place of a dresser or armoire will also give more room for other furniture or to play. A toy chest with a flat top can serve double duty as a bench for reading or playing.
Streamline the Office
If you are utilizing space within your home as an office, keeping the furniture minimal will be ideal. A narrow desk or table pushed up against the wall will allow you to squeeze into tighter spaces. Filing boxes stored below the desk, or drawers for storing a laptop, calculator or other tools will keep the desk or table clear and neat to be used for homework or other tasks if necessary. Mounting shelves above the desk will allow you to store paper or house a printer to cover all of your needs without taking up too much space.
A small home does not need to feel tiny. Making the most of the space that you have will make each room feel less cluttered and more enjoyable. When you carefully choose furniture and consider the design and arrangement, small areas can feel a bit larger.