5 Cheap ways to maximise your living space!
Squeezing crumpled clothes into draws and using the kitchen unit as an office is all part of modern living now, especially when you’re compromising on saving rent for little space. Save yourself cash (and room) with foldaway furniture, not leaving you short on square feet!
When I was 19, I moved into a small 1 bed flat with my partner. Compromising on space to save us a few pounds seemed the thing to do in our little seaside town. To be honest, it wasn’t even a 1 bedroom as the double bed and 1 set of draws was hidden in an annex in the roof. And the best part? There was a ladder to get in there! I wish at the time I knew about foldaway furniture and how much more room I could have had, instead of leaving the hover and ironing board leaning against a wall, in the corner of the room. If you’re anything like me and love to shop, both clothes and food, then chances are if you’re living in a small space, you’re struggling!
One of my hobbies is to wine and dine my friends and family – something I couldn’t do in the flat. I would spend handfuls of money on fancy restaurants and fine wine purely because I couldn’t fit anymore than 3 people in our living area! My poor partner (now my husband) would have to climb over my shoes and clothes just to get to bed. Lucky for us we moved into a lovely little bungalow with an extra room – for my shoe collection mostly! After living in such a small, cramped place I now know how important it is to live clutter free and to utilise the room we have. If you find yourself needing to convert into a space saver, read on for my 5 simply ways on achieving that well needed floor space!
1. Get yourself a Foldaway Bed.
How does it work? It’s simple! When the foldaway bed is in the stored position, it will look like a wardrobe or a large unit. In many different colours, woods and finishes, the units are designed to suit most fussy hosts and tired house guests. Most foldaway beds will accommodate room for bed sheets, pillows and duvet covers and are usually held down with straps ensuring your bedding won’t slip during the upright position. This saves time in the mornings when you’re running late and is effortless at night for when you simply, can’t be bothered!
2. Try Pullout shoe racks
If only I knew about this 6 years ago! Not only are these hidden shoe racks great for bedroom use but are great in hallways and at the bottom of the stairs. Growing up I was never allowed to leave my shoes on the stairs, mostly because I would trip over them running up to my bedroom while hearing my mum shout ‘one day you’ll break your neck!’ Shoe racks now come in so many different shapes and sizes. You can get them in units or simply to put inside a wardrobe to hide them from view.
3. Hide clutter using Shelving racks
How many units do you have in your kitchen? I had to put up with 3. 3? I can fill 3 cupboards now with food let alone stack my plates andpans. You have to be a very tidy and organised person to have a compact kitchen. Plates, glasses and pans need to be stacked in order of size so everything can fit! The best part about these shelving racks is that nothing is left just lingering on your kitchen units therefore creating more clutter. They are hidden away inside the cupboard doors or can be wall mounted again, giving you more room. You can store cans and spices to jars and ketchup....unless you’re a cold fridge ketchup dunker!
4. Eat properly with Pullout Tables
Chances are if your living in a cramped living space there won’t be more than 2 of you. If there is more then I take my hat off to you! The efficient thing about the pull out tables is again the fact you can hide them. Very easy to use you can take the table out for dinner in seconds and push it back together faster than you can say ‘I’m stuffed’. Don’t just limit these tables just for food mind. There great to use for office use, homework or even a quick cuppa while yapping on the phone! Just make sure to push the table back in after use to maximise kitchen space and to avoid accidental nips and bumps!
5. Separate rubbish using Recycling Bins
Okay so down to the environment. At home, we are classed as the ‘Kids on the block’ purely because our estate consists of retired tenants and home owners. It was an eye opener to me to see that EVERYONE on my street recycled. Our bin men come once every fortnight therefore, pushing our neighbourhood to recycle for the weekly pick up. I only started recycling 3 years ago and I won’t look back to our lazy ways again. What really helped me was to get a small bin that fitted inside the door of our kitchen sink unit. This saves us lots of kitchen floor space as our units are in an unusual position. There is plenty of choice to choose from such as pull out bins, swing out bins and draw mounted bins. Do you part for the environment and start separating your rubbish for recycling.
If you have got this far and are still interested in ways you can maximise your living space then get researching on how you can save your money. Remember, if you either live in a tight, cramped home or are looking for a cheap rental in the city but don’t want to compromise on size, foldaway furniture is the future. It’s all about creating floor space by organising your ‘stuff’, don’t be afraid of investing, it definitely pays off. Trust me!
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