Settling down in a small living space has its perks. You don’t have to spend much on furniture, cleaning and maintenance and even electricity. However, finding ways to store your valuables and keeping your home clutter-free could be quite challenging. Here are some space-saving tips that you can take into consideration so you can keep your home a cozy and comfortable place to live in.
Don’t Buy Anything You Don’t Need
It’s easy to say but difficult to do especially if you see that charming wooden table you’ve always wanted on sale. Even if you can get a 70% discount on that table, resist the temptation if you do not need it unless you’re willing to let go of the table you already have in your home. This could save you a lot of money too because you simply have to keep in mind that if you buy another item you don’t really need, soon enough, you’ll end up sleeping with furniture, dishes and décor on your bed at night.
Recycle What You Can, Throw out what You Can’t
Especially if you’re a nature-lover, you’d probably be guilty each time you have to throw another plastic bottle into the trash can. Here’s a simple tip: you can still segregate your garbage but if you don’t have a lot of space in your home, you need to bring recyclables to the recycling center regularly. If not, these will pile up and your home will be nothing but trash.
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture
Possibilities are endless when you think of ways on how your furniture can be used in more ways than one. In fact, if you have to go shopping for furniture, make sure to choose ones that can serve multiple purposes. Your dining table could also be your work desk. You can easily find an ottoman or a bench sofa that can also double as storage.
Make Use of Air Space
You can make most out of your living area further by maximizing the use of air space. This means installing shelves, cabinets and more on areas above your head. This allows you to use the space under it for other furniture or as a walking/moving area. You can easily install hanging shelves with an L-bracket and some wooden planks. You just need some screws and a cordless drill. A cordless drill is actually a good investment especially if you plan on making a lot of DIY decorations and furniture or even repairs for your home. Remember though that you must choose and use a cordless drill with care, as you can find several cordless impact drivers for bolts and screws as well as all sorts off drills actually. Remember, don’t go too drill-happy and create a lot of holes in your wall. If you are renting an apartment, you may have to check with your landlord if you are allowed to drill through the walls.
Create Hidden Storages
Hidden storages give the illusion of space. You can do this by using the same wall paint color on cabinets and use magnetic cabinet latches rather than install handles. Furthermore, you can make use of the space under your sofa where you can place a tray or box for books and magazines or instead of having shoe racks taking over a lot of space, you can replace these with under the bed shoe storages.
Though you may live in a small home or apartment, you can still decorate and organize it beautifully. You just have to be creative and keep an open mind if you want to make most out of your living space.