Multiple bedrooms and a large backyard is an Australian dream for most families. But in today’s housing market, getting what you want (or as much space as you want) can be a pipe dream. Living happily in a small home does not have to be sacrificed. If you play it smart your family can maximize the space and fit all the necessities.
Get rid of the clutter
Natalie Kilburn runs a Lifestyle Management business, Belle Vie Concierge, in Sydney. She offers help in any area you can imagine, from personal assistance to event planning and of course, family and life organization. She says that reducing clutter should be a top priority when living in a small space.
“The first rule when working with a small space is to minimize clutter, which will give you more space to work, for example a small kitchen with limited work area to start. head, so keep kitchen items out of the cupboard and in the cupboard. to prevent your prep area from being reduced.
The goal is to use all the area and space that you have available when you have a compact home. Small corners and crevices are often underutilized and can be a great space for shelving/storage. You may also want to think about making use of the space not only in the shelves, but also by using hangable storage on the inside of the door. A good example of this is maximizing your pantry space by placing racks on the inside of the doors, which will provide extra storage for placing items such as household items. taste “.
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High storage, not wide
Professional organizer and busy working mother, Linda Eagleton, understand how difficult it is to stay organized when you have a family. Her business, Creative Surround, aims to help you create beautiful, functional, and organized living spaces. She shared with us insider tips on how to maximize your storage space:
“Make the most of your vertical space as the top of the closet. Measure the top shelf including height and choose storage tubs that fit well so that they can be stacked and make the most of every inch of storage opportunity. Just make sure you also measure the opening so you can get them in and out easily. Store off-season clothes and linens here. “
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Choose furniture smarter
We love the idea of a large home with a guest bedroom, dining, study and a dedicated guest bedroom but let’s be real – not every home has enough room to go around. But this doesn’t mean that space-challenged people should give up a fully functional home. It may not be huge, but a futon sofa is a great way to combine your living space with a guest bed when needed. Or look out for versatile pieces of furniture like storage cabinets that can act as both a shoe rack and a place to put them by the front door. Finally, a taller footboard with storage underneath or a raised bed frame is a smart way to increase linen and towel storage within reach.
Tricks to make it look bigger
Sharron Tancred, from Matching Artwork, create personalized artworks to liven up the images you have for your home. She gave us some tips on how art and shapes can create positive optical illusions in your home.
“- Green and yellow are both descending colors that will create the illusion of larger space
– A white and natural palette with green is great for small spaces
– You can have bright colors, but keep them in a smaller shape and not too colorful. 3 is an abundance
– Use vertical lines in your decor, such as drapes, plants, patterns and artwork shapes to create the illusion of higher ceilings
– Reduce the use of circles and curves to a minimum as these will create a more cluttered-looking space
– Decorate your larger walls according to their proportions. This means greater art again. Large artwork incorporating foresight, matching your décor, will create the illusion of larger space.
– See your stuff messy! Rule of thumb is 2/3 space to 1/3 furniture; Not the other way around.”
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Renovating the children’s room
If you’re short on space, chances are your kids are sharing a room. Maximize space and minimize fuss about who sleeps where with bunk beds. Plus, practice tidying up with drawers and baskets for your kids.
Take control of your small space so it works best for your needs. Whether you need to maximize storage or want an optical illusion to make it look bigger, there’s a solution to your small house troubles.