Fitting small children into a small home can be a lot trickier than it sounds! We all know that kids are great at accumulating stuff and when you don’t have a lot of space, it can be difficult to manage without constantly tripping over things. These tips will help you to get your home organised in a way that makes life a little easier.
In The Living Room-
Small spaces call for flexible solutions. Instead of fitting in a big sofa, consider a comfortable two seater and an ottoman or two to provide seating for your children as well as storage space. Choose a coffee table with built-in storage underneath – it will also be sturdier when children climb on it. Wall mount your television and remember that musical instruments can also be hung from the walls to save space and keep them safe. Make sure a small, crowded room doesn’t mean you’re missing out on light – the online DIY shutter guide makes it easy to fit shutters which are a lot less bulky than curtains.
In The Bedroom-
Look out for beds with storage underneath. When your children are big enough to use them safely, cabin beds are fantastic, also providing space for writing and drawing, and if they’re sharing a room, bunk beds can be fun. If you have a high ceiling, a Swedish-style platform bed is great for adults and can gain you as much as 24 square feet of extra space. Make sure you’re using the full height of the room – things like bed linen and towels can easily be stored on top of wardrobes in bags or lightweight boxes, and reached with the aid of a stepladder when they’re needed. Storage space in the bottom of wardrobes also tends to be underused.
In The Kitchen-
Small kitchens need to be tightly organised and appliances need to double up wherever possible – a fridge freezer and a washer-dryer instead of separate units, for instance. Keep your cookware on a rack you can lower from the ceiling as needed. Hang utensils like whisks and spatulas from hooks on the walls. If you want to squeeze in a table, use a folding one so you can adjust the amount of space it takes up.
Around The House-
One great way to save space is to fit shelves wherever you can. Even if you don’t have many books, there are lots of other things you can store on them, and many hallways have room for a set of shelves in an otherwise little-used area. Also, consider areas of your home that may be completely unused at present. Do you have a crawlspace you could convert into a wine cellar? Is all your under-stair space used, or could you fit a drawer under each step? Do you have a loft space which you could reinforce and use for storage if, indeed, it’s not big enough to become an extra room?
Thinking like this can help you redesign your home so everything you need fits into it more easily, making you feel less crowded and giving your kids more space to play.
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