By Sharon B Robinson
One of the first rules of economics is that when supply is reduced yet demand remains constant that prices increase. If you extrapolate this truism to dwellings than you must come to the conclusion that when you don’t have much space inside your home, every nook and cranny must be optimized so as to maximize what little space you have – upgrading to a bigger home may be too costly.
Over the last few years America and much of the western world has been downsizing. Since the Great Financial Crisis of 2007/2008, many people, by default rather than choice, have had to reduce their economic footprint in many ways including accommodation. However, just because you are rich doesn't necessarily mean you are happy and just because you live in small premises doesn't mean that you won’t have plenty of storage space – you just have to be smart about it.
When living in a small space you have to think outside the box and consider every bare space a potential storage area. For example, a sofa that is also a folding bed is a great way to free a bedroom which is a potential treasure trove of storage space. However, before we even get to that stage, you must first do a stock take and go through your possessions and sell, discard, or donate all your peripheral items. You’d be surprised how many knick-knacks we accumulate over time that we don’t really need.
Now that that task is complete you can get onto the more complex task of finding storage solutions. If you love reading as well as listening to music than chances are you have quite a library and record/CD collection. Convert them to digital format and suddenly shelves of space are freed up for other uses.
So things are already looking up on the storage front. If you literally look up though you may find bare wall space that could and should be used for additional shelving. The area between the top of the door and ceiling often has sufficient space to insert a shelf and depending on the height of your cupboards there may be additional shelving opportunities.
If you have an outdoor area than investing in storage sheds is a great idea. You don’t have to go out and build a heavy wooden shed as there are numerous styles and sizes of plastic sheds that are relatively cheap, sturdy, and easy to assemble. Any items that you require on an infrequent basis can be stored in the shed and you know that they are safe and protected from the elements, freeing up more valuable internal space.
Furniture design has come a long way. Furniture manufacturers are aware that people have space limitations and have come up with clever solutions to meet this need. Dining tables that extend have been around for a long time but clever new designs incorporate storage under the tops of coffee tables and the seating of couches. Similarly, the area under your bed is often high enough to store vacuum bags and plastic storage boxes.
Small spaces need not be a liability rather an opportunity to think laterally. Try these tips and you may find that you may have more space than you thought.
Article by Sharon B Robinson on behalf of Keter
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