When it comes to keeping a clean house, sometimes your number one enemy is clutter. The more stuff you have, the harder it is to keep everything neat and tidy. Between your spouse, the children, and the pets, keeping up can feel overwhelming.
Here are four easy tips for making more room in your home.
Rearrange the Furniture
While rearranging furniture doesn’t always give you more room in your home, it can make better use of your space, which means it feels like you have more room in your home. You only have so much square footage, so using empty space wisely and arranging things for optimal use of it makes your space more comfortable.
For instance. that lamp behind your couch might be taking up valuable real estate. Moving it out to the end of the couch and then moving the couch to take advantage of that space may only give you a little bit of usable space, but it makes the room feel more open.
Sell Some of Your Stuff
Sometimes a part of the problem is that you just have too much stuff. An extra end table, games you don’t play or workout equipment you never use that has now turned into a clothes hanger may not only free up space if you sell them, but can put some extra cash in your pocket.
From Craigslist, eBay, or Facebook Marketplace online to garage sales and consignment shops, you can turn some of that room gobbling clutter into money you can use for a trip or even to replace those old items in your home with new, more space efficient and better items.
If you can’t sell certain items, you can donate them to a good cause and deduct their value on your taxes. Either way, getting rid of things is often helpful to making more room.
Get a Storage Unit
There are many reasons for a storage unit, and if you don’t have room in your home, storing some things just makes sense. Here are some things you can put in a storage unit to make more room in your home:
- Seasonal Items: Golf clubs and bicycles can be stored during winter, and skis and winter clothing can be stored during the summer.
- Furniture: Furniture you are not using, but plan to use later when you remodel or buy a new home can be stored as well. Furniture storage is a little different than storing seasonal items, and you may want to look at climate controlled storage as an option.
- Decorations: There may be seasonal art and decorations you need to store when you are not using them. A storage unit is the perfect place for these.
Use Your Space Wisely
If you have a garage or shed, rearrange it to be sure you are using your space wisely, and that there are not things in your home that really belong in those places. Using your cupboards and other storage space in your home wisely means items that do not need to be seen can be tucked away out of sight.
Sometimes the answer to making your home feel cleaner and look better is too simply make more room. These four tips can guide you in making that room, and keeping your house feeling more under control.