There are many good things about buying or renting a smaller home. For one, less square footage usually means lower heating bills and a smaller mortgage. There’s also less to clean and as no room is too far away you can probably hear your phone ringing from every part of the house. That said, storage space can be an issue if your property is a little on the cosier side, but thankfully there are many solutions which will help keep things in order – and here’s a selection:
1. Hire a storage facility
If the benefits of downsizing are just too hard to ignore, you might decide to go for it, but what happens if all your belongings from the larger house won’t fit into a more modest abode? Well, you could always check out cheap storage in Heathrow and other parts of the country as many of the units available are safe, secure, reasonably priced and great for keeping personal property out of the way until you decide what to do with it. While some people hire these for just a few months, others keep them for months if not years, and treat them simply as another garage or storage room.
2. Furniture with hidden storage
“A place for everything and everything in its place,” is the perfect mantra for a small home as too much mess can lead to disaster with people tripping over shoes and ornaments just to get to the kitchen. So, if you’re looking to keep things neat and tidy it might be worth investing in furniture with hidden storage. Beds with secret draws, to desks with lift up lids, and foot rests with plenty of room inside to keep papers, magazines, DVDs and CDs, will ensure your items stay in order.
3. Think vertical storage
When it comes to space saving, it’s also a good idea to make the most of vertical space.
This means investing in tall, narrow bookshelves and display cabinets rather than wider, bulkier items to help free up as much room as possible. Similarly, when buying storage boxes (which are great for keeping everything from children’s toys to sports equipment, stationary and odds and ends), opt for stackable designs which can be placed on top of one another and pushed up against a wall rather than clogging up floor space.
4. Use the space under the stairs
If you live in a house with a stairwell, be sure to use the space under the stairs carefully. There are many things you can do to transform this into a unique and quirky storage area from installing a pull out coat hanger or shoe rack to building in a miniature office. Filling that space with adequate shelving which you can decorate with family photos or artwork can also work or you might decide to build a mini library. The choice really is yours but be as creative as possible and use every centimetre of room you have.
Making the most of your small space might require a little careful thinking and imagination, but with dedication and persistence you’re sure to create the living environment of your dreams.