As your family grows, finding a place for everything in your home can be a struggle. As time goes on and our lives evolve, we tend to accumulate all sorts of things, from family memorabilia to everyday essentials we couldn’t live without. But as our lives expand, the need for extra space becomes more and more pressing.
While some might be able to consider a home expansion, this is often a very costly and lengthy process, and a luxury that not every family can afford. There are, however, other solutions available which are far more accessible. One of the most obvious choices is domestic storage; created specifically to resolve the issue of space-shortage, this is ideal for growing families. Self-storage, in particular, offers a flexible and cost-effective solution to your problems. Whether you need extra space while you prepare for the arrival of a new child, or are looking to declutter your home, the variety of self-storage units available makes it easy for everyone to find the right option.
While self-storage is a valuable aid for any family home, here are some additional space-saving tips to make the most of the room you have.
Space-saving tips for your growing family
By organising your home as your children grow, you will not only gain more space to make way for a cot, changing table or toy box. You will also get a chance to declutter and deep clean on a regular basis.
Here are some effective ways to gain additional space:
- Opt for multifunctional furniture. Nowadays you can find a variety of bed frames, sofas and other furniture designed specifically to offer added storage to your home. For example, think about the space you could save by storing linen, bed sets and blankets in a drawer under your bed or in a footstool.
- Make use of your walls. When thinking about storage space, we normally associate it with cupboards, cabinets, or wardrobes. Wall space, however, holds great potential. Installing a row of floating shelves can free up space at floor level and is perfect for books, games and toys.
- Think vertical. If you’re a fan of The Home Edit, you may have heard of this tip before. Serial organisers Clea and Joanna are always reminding people to not forget about their vertical spaces. By using storage boxes and baskets, you can make full use of “dead” spaces around the house. A good way to start is to think of the top of your wardrobe as an additional place to store winter clothes, luggage or even shoes.
- Stay organised. Regularly going through your belongings will help you clear through the clutter and only keep the things you need. By organising and re-arranging your belongings in a way that makes sense to you, everything has a place. This in turn makes it harder to misplace or lose things.
- Storage bins are your friends. A standard clear plastic box might not be your idea of a classy storage solution, but there’s a variety of storage bins on the market to suit everyone’s tastes. From stylish rope baskets to functional stackable bins, these containers are great for keeping your belongings tidy and organised throughout the house.
And for everything else, there is self-storage
Once you have reorganised your home, you might still be left with a few odd boxes you don’t have a permanent place for. This is often the case for seasonal items such as Christmas decorations and Halloween props, or memorabilia such as your wedding dress or your child’s first pair of shoes. As not everyone can spare a room (or even a cupboard!) to store all of these, self-storage offers a flexible, cost-effective alternative.
With a variety of unit sizes available, ranging from small lockers to larger units, you can take any memorabilia or seasonal items into storage and only access them when needed. This way you will not only gain more space in your home, but you will also know that your belongings are stored in a safe, secure unit only you can access.
Have you used self-storage to manage the clutter in your home? What’s your top space-saving tip for a family home?