How to Make Space in your Home with a Young Family
You could have one of the biggest houses in the world and somehow you would still be looking for more space, I don’t know why I just think it’s what we do as humans.
But when you become a parent you then have a legitimate claim to moan that your home no longer has any space. Small children take over your home, and if you know anyone with a small family and you visit their home you will know exactly what I mean.
Cots, prams, changing units, walkers and every other toy under the sun will need to fit in your home. It doesn’t matter if you have a 10 bedroom mansion or a 3 bedroom semi-detached home, one way or another your babies items will need to fit in your home.
I find that small homes can become cluttered so easily and tend to make the homeowner feel anxious and a little down as they constantly have to clean the place to keep it looking decluttered.
No one wants to be cleaning all the time, so in this post, I will give you some of the top tips to make more room in your home if you have a small family (or you’re expecting one soon).
- Get rid of unused furniture.
We all tend to buy more than what we need, but when a baby comes along that needs to stop, as buying more furniture than you use is the quickest way of cluttering your home. My tip would be to look at the furniture in your home and decide what is needed and what is not. You can then get rid of any that doesn’t get used.
Most people won’t want to throw out their furniture though as it simply costs a lot of money. If you are in this bracket what I would recommend is hiring some self-storage units at least until your babies grow up and don’t need so many baby items. Companies like Pink Self Storage Newport have storage containers of all sizes to fit your actual needs. To save money I would measure the size of your furniture and get the right size unit, that way you won’t be wasting money.
Getting rid of your furniture may seem drastic but it will open your home up and give you that much-needed space.
Your walls can become an extra wardrobe when used correctly as you can add shelving units which can be used to store your books, photo frames, vases and anything else that may be sitting on top of your coffee table right now.
Wall storage is also great for keeping items out of reach from those tiny hands. When you have a little family, your children always seem to want to play with the most dangerous items you own, storing them out of the way can protect your children as well as saving you time on the cleaning up every day.
- Invest in functional furniture.
Until you become a parent, I don’t think you will ever appreciate furniture with built-in storage. Trust me, functional furniture with inbuilt storage can make a world of difference.
If you’re not sure where to start you could take a look at your dining room table, do you have chairs that could be replaced with a bench? Bench seating is wonderful for storage and it doesn’t cost much more than normal chairs either. You can also consider installing towel rails in the bathroom which will save room in your bathroom ottoman. Little space-saving tricks may seem like they may not be worth it but anything that saves me from having to pick up the clutter every day is worth it to me.
- Give away unwanted clothing.
This tip is something that has saved me so much room this year. Any clothing that hasn’t been worn for 6 months automatically goes to the nearest charity shop.
Clothing is stored away in your cupboard, but when you have so much clothing it doesn’t take long before there are piles of it around the home. Your baby will also grow very quickly in their first years so you will be constantly buying them new clothing too.
If you make a conscious effort to get rid of clothing that is not used, you will save room in your home.