For a time, you may have been living a relatively minimalist lifestyle.
You only kept what you needed and cleared anything extra from sight.
Then, kids arrive. Suffice to say, everything changes. You buy them toys, relatives buy them toys and a pile continues to grow and in the end space is at a premium for everyone.
If this sounds familiar, and you are unsure what to do, to reclaim your home’s space, read on to find out some practical advice on how to maximize the space at home for your children.
Do you need everything now?
First and foremost, there’s a serious question that you need to ask everyone. Do you need all of these belongings?
Asking your kids this question is likely to result in one answer. Maybe, you could suggest temporarily storing the items elsewhere, a local Safestore, or another self-storage provider. If not a self-storage facility, perhaps a spring clean, will free up space for more toys in the future.
It’s a difficult conversation to have, but it’s one that can start your space-saving journey.
There’s nothing wrong with temporary spaces
Not everyone is in the fortunate position of having a playroom for their family. It means that you have to get creative with your space – potentially using communal, family areas as daytime play areas for the kids.
This shouldn’t be something that you need to shy away from either. Making space for the kids to play doesn’t have to be permanent; you can store toys in another room and bring them into the family space when required. Sure, it takes a little more time, but don’t feel an obligation to create individual play spaces. Bedrooms and shared family spaces will keep most children completely happy.
Be shrewd with your choice of bed
Nowadays, beds are rarely just beds. Most of them incorporate hidden storage and other useful features that are ideal, space-saving solutions. Some of these beds might have storage underneath, while others might have built-in drawers. Regardless, we would encourage you to consider such an option as they don’t take any more space, yet create much more in other areas of the home.
Remember to scale down
Something that a lot of us forget is that generally speaking, children don’t need adult-sized furniture. The art of scaling down is something that can not only remind us that they are still little people, but also save a lot of space in the process.
For example, let’s take a wardrobe. Kids clothes are, much shorter than adults’ ones. It means that you don’t need a giant wardrobe and, in some cases, you might only need drawers to fold their tiny garments.
The same rules apply with other furniture, whether it’s tables, chairs or anything else. Try and buy for their age (or just above it) and you’ll notice a monumental difference with the space you have available.
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