Thursday, January 25, 2018

Help! The Walls Are Closing In! How To Help Your Family Home Feel Bigger

When your family has grown quite significantly since your move-in day, it is not uncommon to feel
like your home has shrunk a few sizes. Of course, you can’t just take your children back to the store
- no matter how many times you have threatened to in order to get them to clean their rooms
- and moving house in the current economic climate may not be an option.

So, you’ll have to make do with what you have - but hope is not lost. There are plenty of ways
to help your home and the rooms within it feel bigger, and here are a few helpful tips to help you do just that.  

If there are plastic boxes shoved under the bed, on top of the wardrobe, and in every potential clear
space - then you’ve got too many. If every side that you own is covered in either toys, paperwork, or
junk that you were meant to throw away - no matter how big the room is, it is going to feel small.
The first step in helping any house to feel bigger is to do a big clear out. Now, you may not have
enough junk to fill several skip bins, but it is probably more than you imagined. Let face it - children
are hoarders, and so are sentimental parents. Be sure to get the whole family involved, and have a
competition to see who can declutter and tidy their room the quickest. Have a few rules in place
like everything must have a place, all sides must be clear, and if you haven’t used it in the last six
months, it is time to get rid of it. This will help you to be ruthless and keep everyone goal orientated.

Have Some Clear Space In Each Room
Looking at the room you are in now, do you have any clear wall space? Having furniture on every
single wall can make a room feel ten times smaller than it is and extremely crowded. Add a few children
to the mix, and you may feel like you’re stepping on everyone’s toes. Having a rearrange of furniture,
or getting rid of pieces that don’t bring you any joy, serve no purpose and just collect dust, is a good way
of freeing up some space. You can also reevaluate storage solutions. If you have a couple of low
cabinets taking up an entire wall, what about swapping them out for a taller cabinet that is thinner,
takes up less room, and has more storage inside?  Thinking height, rather than width, will not only
take up less wall space but less floor space. You’ll be surprised what a difference taking out just
one piece of furniture can make.

Let There Be Light
Dark walls and not a lot of natural light can really make a room feel small. Moving furniture away
from windows, or painting the walls a lighter colour, can help to open a room up and not feel as
claustrophobic. Make sure you have a floor or wall lamp in any particularly dark corners to eliminate
shadowy areas. You could even install some mirrors in small hallways/rooms, that will reflect light to
increase the feeling of space.

There are plenty of upsides to staying put, especially whilst your children are growing up. You will
have plenty of memories for when they fly the nest - a day that every parent longs for and dreads
simultaneously. Making these few changes will allow you to keep your family home useable and avoid
the hassle and cost of a big move.


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