Does it feel like your home has so much stuff that it actually feels like you live in a tiny condo than a townhouse? You’re not alone, many families find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of items they have.
And just throwing everything in the trash isn’t the best solution. Here are a couple of easy tips to apply so you can make your home more spacious for the entire family – whether you live with just pets, just moved-in with your partner/spouse, or have a growing family. You can go through these steps with the help of any family member/s who can help.
Assess the amount of space you need. The amount of space you require will give the biggest impact on what size of space you’ll be able to organise. Based on the space you choose, it’s vital that you pick a space that you can really finish realistically. If you are new to organising, we recommend at least giving an entire afternoon based on the amount of clutter. It’s always better to have extra time.
Take everything out before you start. Before you start to declutter and manage your space, you need to understand what’s really in there. And this means taking everything out. When you’re ready to start on a fresh slate, it’ll be easier to know what you want to keep and what you can do without. If you’re working in a big space or have a mostly cluttered area, break your space into manageable sections so you can get through it all in your devoted amount of time.
Tip: Organise a garage (or yard) sale with the entire family. For instance, you can have the kids put labels on the items while your parents can answer questions buyers have about older items during the sale.
Start sorting through the items. After you’re done assessing the items that you want to keep, check what items you want to return to its space and what items are better stored or put elsewhere. For objects that you need to store elsewhere, you can place them where they belong after finishing your space. Don’t let them just sit around and be another pile that you need to sort through.
Maximising your space. Use all space to its fullest potential to get the supreme amount of function and storage. You can add hooks, bars, or storage caddies inside of cupboard doors or the narrow sidewalls inside closets. Think vertically for small storage areas and put extra shelving higher up so you can use them for seasonal or less frequently used items. Think outside the box and come up with multi-use pieces that can work for both decoration and storage.
How about a bigger space?
We’re not talking about adding more room – if that’s at all possible in your current situation. If you have a growing family in a small house with little to no potential for extension, then decluttering can only do so much to make the space problem go away.
If you’re considering a new address, check out Perth housing properties by Lendlease to see well-made and spacious homes that are perfect for growing families who want to be near nature, while still being in close proximity to the CBD.