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How to Maximise Space in Your Home

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Do you find yourself fighting to get down your hallway with all those coats, bags, and clutter taking up valuable space? Have you found yourself avoiding the dreaded spare room because the overflowing wardrobes and piles of things on the bed are too much to tackle? We hear you!

Finding space for everything can be tricky, especially for growing families. With other responsibilities, the time for reorganisation and decluttering can pass you by, but the team at Kangaroo is here to help.

So, this is our guide to maximising space in your home! We’re sharing our best tips, tricks, and storage solutions to get the most out of the room available, whether you live in a one-bedroom flat or a six-bedroom house.

Starting with a Declutter

Whether you’re starting with the dining room, the bathroom, or the hallway, the first thing you need to think about when trying to maximise your space is decluttering. Unfortunately, this is where you need to be a little bit ruthless! We recommend having three bags or boxes to collect your ‘keep’, ‘store’, and ‘get rid’ items. Go around the room separating your things into these sections, and you’ll be surprised by the amount you want to get rid of! Don’t forget, this doesn’t mean throwing them away. You can go back into your ‘get rid’ box when you’re finished and divide it into ‘donate’ (either to friends or family or a charity shop) and ‘bin’ for those broken or unusable bits and pieces.

before and after decluttering

After your initial declutter, we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the results! This is often the hardest bit, and parting with your belongings can be challenging, but don’t forget household storage is an option. For the items you just don’t have space for but aren’t ready to part with, our storage units are perfect because they keep the things out of your home but in a clean, secure place ready for you whenever you want them.

Opting for Modular Furniture

Once you’ve been to the charity shop, emptied the bins, and taken things to your storage unit, you’ll be left with the items that you actually want and need in your home. From here, you can begin planning how best to utilise the space you’re left with. If, during your clearout, you moved some things into furniture storage or decided to finally take that old sofa to the tip, it may be time to consider new furniture.

This is a great opportunity to purchase some modular items. Modular furniture pieces, such as sofas, shelving units, and dining tables, come in various separate pieces that can be removed or rearranged depending on the space available and intended use. For example, if you have a modular couch, you could leave it in one piece for family film nights, but when a spare bed is needed, you can rearrange the seats to transform it into a comfortable sleeping arrangement! Similarly, a modular dining table may mean it’s extendable, so you can seat more friends and family when it’s time to host, but day-to-day, you can remove the centre or the end of the table to fit more comfortably in your dining room.

expandable table

Clever Storage Solutions

Whether you’re tight for space or not, clever storage solutions are always a good idea! Here are a few of our favourite tips and tricks:

  • Make use of the backs of your doors. You can find plenty of storage for shoes, jewellery, bags, and books for the back of your doors online. They’re a great way to keep clutter off the floor and make it easy for you to see your belongings clearly and choose what you need without rifling through overfilled drawers.
  • Use drawer organisers. Splitting your drawers into sections is a great way to separate your items and stop them from spilling out into other areas of your home. Whether you’re dividing up your t-shirts from your vests in your bedroom or your serving spoons from your knives in your kitchen, drawer dividers help maximise space and keep things tidy.
  • Multi-purpose furniture. Items with built-in storage have multiple uses, so make the most of them. Think beds and ottomans that lift to reveal storage, TV stands with various drawers and cabinets, and headboards with built-in bedside shelves.

These are just some of the ways you can adopt clever storage solutions. If you’re handy with the tools, you could always DIY some shelving or racks – it’s completely up to you and what you need.

Using Mirrors, Lighting, and Décor to Expand Your Space

Did you know that maximising space goes beyond under-the-bed storage and decluttering? It actually has to do with the way you choose to decorate, too.

For example, positioning mirrors on empty walls and opposite or next to windows (as pictured below) is a great way to help reflect light, let it bounce around the room, and make the space feel light and airy. This simple trick doesn’t physically expand your space, but it creates the illusion of a larger room, which is ideal when you want to expand the space that is available in your home.

living room with grey couch and large freestanding mirror

There are also some décor dos and don’ts to consider when making a room seem bigger than it is; let’s take a look:

  • Don’t put all your furniture against the walls, as this gives the impression that there isn’t enough room to pull things out. Bringing a chair or table out a little gives some breathing space and actually makes the room feel larger.
  • Do choose larger art pieces and mirrors for your walls. Opting for smaller frames means they often get lost on a wall, but big canvases and grand mirrors take up space and make a room appear bigger.
  • Don’t shy away from colour! It’s tempting to whitewash all your walls when creating the feeling of more space, but this can sometimes have the opposite effect. Instead, be bold with colour.

Choosing Household Self-Storage to Maximise Space

When it comes to making the most of the available space in your home, there is no better solution than self-storage. Coming in a range of unit sizes, our storage spaces are the perfect place to keep unwanted furniture, your out-of-season clothing, toys that have been outgrown, and almost any other household items.

At Kangaroo, we understand your needs and go above and beyond to make sure they’re listened to and have a domestic storage unit that works for you. With straightforward contracts, the option to upscale or downsize should you need to, and easily accessible locations across Scotland and North West England, there’s no better choice than Kangaroo. Find your nearest household storage site below and get in touch with our team to find out how we can help you get the most out of the space in your home:

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