How to max­imise small spa­ces

Lesotho Times - - Property -

SMALL spa­ces can be the bane of any flat-dweller’s or home owner’s life. But they can also be a bless­ing in de­sign dis­guise. Awk­ward, small spa­ces are of­ten a cat­a­lyst for change, forc­ing you to a) clear the clut­ter and b) come up with clever de­sign ideas you may never have thought of oth­er­wise. From small liv­ing rooms to small bed­rooms, bath­rooms, kitchens and kids’ rooms, get in­spired by th­ese top tips and de­sign ideas for tiny, small spa­ces.

Whether it’s be­cause you’re re­tir­ing and buy­ing a smaller home, mov­ing in with room­mates or have just bought your first start-up home, find­ing ways to max­imise the space you have is a big ad­van­tage.

Adrian Goslett, Re­gional Di­rec­tor and CEO of RE/MAX of South­ern Africa, shares tips on how to achieve this: 1. De­clut­ter

Ide­ally, when it comes to down­siz­ing or max­imis­ing small spa­ces, it is best to re­duce clut­ter as much as pos­si­ble and only keep the items that are es­sen­tial. Hold­ing on to un­nec­es­sary items will only make it harder to find space for the nec­es­sary ones.

Goslett says to con­front the ‘every­thing drawer’, see what’s use­ful and what’s just tak­ing up space. Of­ten the rea­son an item lands up sit­ting in a drawer for months is be­cause there is no longer any use for it, he says. 2. Sort stuff into ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘maybe’ piles

If pos­si­ble, it’s al­ways best not to have a ‘ maybe’ pile as this means deal­ing with items more than once. Home­own­ers should try to deal with each item once and make a de­ci­sion as to whether they are keep­ing it or get­ting rid of it.

While this may seem like a dif­fi­cult task, es­pe­cially for those who strug­gle to let go, ask your­self whether the item could be re­placed if it got lost and how of­ten it re­ally gets used. 3. Do­nate

While pack­ing, it’s pos­si­ble that you’ll find a num­ber of hid­den trea­sures that might not make sense to take to your new home. There are sev­eral char­i­ta­ble foun­da­tions that do amaz­ing com­mu­nity work and could ben­e­fit from a do­na­tion of house­hold items.

Adrian says a great deal of char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tions can only do the work that they do due to do­na­tions made by the pub­lic. He says mak­ing a do­na­tion is a great way to re­duce clut­ter and pro­vide as­sis­tance to mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who are less for­tu­nate.

Re­mem­ber to only do­nate items that will be use­ful and are still in good work­ing or­der. 4. Make some money

Ac­cord­ing to Goslett, sell­ing off items is an­other ex­cel­lent way to get rid of un­wanted items while mak­ing some money to put to­wards the move or to­wards buy­ing more suit­able items to fit the new space. 5. Be sea­sonal

Al­though it might not al­ways be prac­ti­cal, only have the cur­rent sea­son’s cloth­ing in the cup­board. Large win­ter coats and win­ter boots take up a lot of space, so if pos­si­ble, th­ese items should be left in stor­age or stored in seal­able con­tain­ers and packed away un­til needed. 6. Get or­gan­ised

Al­though the ob­ject is to get rid of items, buy­ing an or­gan­i­sa­tion sys­tem or con­tain­ers that can help re­duce the amount of space needed for your stuff makes sense.

Goslett says or­gan­i­sa­tion goes a long way to de­clut­ter­ing an area with­out hav­ing to throw any items away. 7. Fol­low the trend

Get­ting rid of cloth­ing and un­wanted items means you may no longer need a large set of draw­ers. Large pieces of fur­ni­ture can be sold or do­nated to make space for more suit­ably sized fur­ni­ture. 8. Be strate­gic

In­stead of aim­lessly shov­ing items away, have a plan when pack­ing them into cup­boards and draw­ers. If an item is not used of­ten but is an item that is go­ing to be kept, pack it into a box and la­bel it. Stack th­ese boxes and con­tain­ers to make more space. Th­ese will also help to pro­tect the items in­side.

“Hav­ing a plan and en­sur­ing that only the nec­es­sary items are moved across to the new home will en­sure that you can make the most of a small space. Max­imis­ing the space avail­able will make the home a more com­fort­able

Utilise as many hid­den stor­age spa­ces as pos­si­ble.

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