How to Maximize Space in Your Home
Are you constantly wondering how to maximize space in your home? Do you feel like you never have enough space in your home? Here are 7 easy ways to maximize space in your home.
7 Ways to Maximize Space in Your Home
Are you tired of feeling like your walls are closing in on you? Does your house seem too small for all your stuff? This is so me! Well, it was me until I discovered these simple ways to maximize space in my home and it seriously has CHANGED my life! I no longer feel like I am going to suffocate from all my stuff. Here are 7 ways to maximize the space in YOUR home!
You will be surprised at how far little bins will take you! And you can use them EVERYWHERE! I’m not kidding, EVERYWHERE! Bins come in all shapes and sizes so they can literally fit anywhere and everywhere in your home! I noticed that when I put things in bins my stuff just looks more neat and organized (even when it’s really not!). It’s crazy how one little thing can make a HUGE difference! So here are some ways to use them:
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Use bins to organize your snacks so you can easily pull them all out instead of digging around the pantry for them. Because let’s face it when you want a snack you want it NOW. You don’t want to dig around in the pantry trying to find something to eat.
Try having a bigger bin with the open snacks such as the small boxes of raisins, open bags of chips, or boxes of crackers.
We have jars that line the shelf which holds different kinds of granola bars, fruit snacks, protein bars, and more. Having see-through jars is so helpful because with just a glance I know if I need to order some with my next grocery pick up order!
The same goes for cereal! We found these great cereal bins that are perfect for keeping cereal fresh and the pantry organized. We have a rule that if there is not an open bin, then you have to wait to open it! This saves us from 15 boxes of cereal all going stale because no one is eating it! (We use these same awesome bins for crackers too!)
Having an organized pantry makes putting together a grocery list so much easier! With just a glance, you know exactly what you need!
Tired of a messy sock drawer? Keep your kids socks in a bin! You could also use bins to keep your kids shirts, pants, and underwear in. Organize by shirt and pant type, color, or season! Maybe you have a hard time getting your kids dressed in the morning. Try putting your kids’ clothes in bins! You can pick out their clothes the night before and keep it in a bin so your kids don’t have to worry about they are going to wear the next day. Each day is already picked out and ready to go. Less hassle, stress, and yelling. Yes, please!
Having little girls is so fun! The bows, the headbands, the hats, the accessories, EVERYTHING! It is so cute, but there is SO MUCH and everything is all so little. It can be hard not to lose everything! Keeping them in a bin or container will help you keep them all in one place so you don’t have to worry about losing any of those precious accessories!
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Tired of the kids’ toys always looking like a tornado ran through the room? Keep your kids toys in bins and baskets instead! You’ll be surprised at how a simple bin will change how your kids’ room looks. AND it can help encourage your kids to actually pick up their toys. Having a set place for the toys to go can help your kids know where to put them so clean up is easier and (hopefully) less stressful!
Stop digging through a giant toy box when you can have smaller bins where the toys are actually organized by each type! No more missing Barbie shoes or matchbox cars. Now they will all be organized so your kids will actually know where to find them! This also makes it easier for if you want to rotate your toys so they aren’t all out at once.
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I thought that underneath my bathroom sink was organized before but when I put everything in bins it just looks and feels so much better! It makes it easier to pull out the whole bin instead of digging around for what I need! It also makes it easier to see what you’re running out of so you aren’t caught one morning without deodorant!
Get a Bed Raiser
When you are looking for more space in your home check under the bed! Grab some risers to help you to stay organized! Bed raisers lift your bed several inches off the ground so can store the things you don’t use all the time! You can put your winter clothes or holiday decorations under your bed to make more room in your closets or attic. Don’t have a craft room? Store your craft supplies under your bed for easy access!
Toiletry bags are a great way to clean up the bathroom! I love storing my toiletry bag underneath the bathroom sink! Every morning I grab it and put on all my makeup and then I just store it back under the sink! This has really cleaned up the bathroom counters because the counters are not lined with all kinds of things!
As an added bonus, my makeup is locked up in the cabinets with these awesome baby proof magnetic locks that way my sweet little children don’t get into it!
I use toiletry bags for all kinds of things 1 for makeup, 1 for nail polish, 1 for travel items, and 1 for all the toiletry items my husband brings home from business trips. Seriously try toiletry bags to clean up your bathroom!
Use Shoe Organizers
Who said shoe organizers had to be just for shoes? Try using them in your utility closet to keep all your cleaning supplies organized and have them be easily accessible. No more digging under the kitchen sink for them! Having them all in one place, nicely organized, and up and away from kids is not only a way to organize but it also keeps your kids safe away from the chemicals!
What about in the playroom for kid toys? Yes, of course! Kids cars, barbies, balls, you name it! How about using it for art supplies in your craft room? Yes! Paint, stickers, markers, paper, anything you can think of! Shoe organizers can be used for SO MUCH more than just shoes, you just have to think outside the box!
If you feel like you have too many clothes or too many toys you aren’t alone! Try rotating out winter and summer clothes so your closet isn’t exploding. Store the off-season clothes under your bed or in the attic. Rotate your kids’ toys so they aren’t all over the floor! And as an added bonus every time you rotate the toys they’ll feel like it’s Christmas morning and they will get to play with the old toys they forgot about!
Take Advantage of Every Inch
If you have any unused space USE IT! If you think you can add a bin under your kids’ bed, do it! There’s a corner of your house that isn’t being used? Add a bookshelf or something! Look around your house and try to find places that you can add bins or shelves to keep your things organized.
Furniture that can be moved is GREAT! If your kitchen is too small try a moveable island it can move around you unlike the other way around. You can also try foldable chairs and tables are great for those moments when you have an extra guest and need some extra space.
Get Rid of Old Things
I know this is probably the LAST thing you want to hear but sometimes it’s necessary to do. Going through clothes that are too small or you don’t wear anymore can really give your home more space. Try going through your kitchen, playroom, clothes, and everything in between to see what you can donate. This will REALLY give your house some more room to breathe.
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Stop feeling like you can’t breathe in your own house! Stop having your stuff control YOU and start controlling your STUFF by using these 7 ways to maximize your space in your home.
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What ways do you maximize space in your home? Let us know in the comments!
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Rebecca is one of our interns this semester and will be graduating from BYU-I in April with her major in Family and Marriage Studies. She is married to the love of her life and has a beautiful2-year-old little girl. Rebecca has a of love music and spending time with family playing board games, camping, or just being silly.