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5 steps to more space

- PETER WALSH

The number one complaint I hear regularly is, “I don’t have enough storage space in my home”. Some people’s homes were not built with adequate storage options in the first place while those with growing families have simply accumulate­d a lot of ‘stuff’.

If you want to live a less cluttered life, here are five steps to help you get there. 1. GET RID OF UNNECESSAR­Y POSSESSION­S If your home is bursting at the seams with possession­s, your first task is to make sure what you have truly fits into your current life, if not, it’s time to let it go. There may well be some good quality items you’ll be getting rid of but remember there are people who need these things more than you do.

Go deep with this. Consider every corner of each room. If you have multiple items out on display, ask yourself: Are these items still significan­t to you or could letting them go create more space to grow?

Clearing out unnecessar­y clutter not only opens up more space, it will also help you to relax in a less hectic environmen­t. 2. ORGANISE WHAT YOU ARE KEEPING Messy, disorganis­ed homes not only look terrible but they can also bring your mood down. Once you have thrown out or donated the items you no longer need, sort out the things you are keeping to create a tidier, and more peaceful, home.

Put like items together, detangle jumbled electrical cords and vacuum and dust the room well. Tidy as you go and you’ll be surprised by how much more room you’ll find. 3. LOOK UP TO FIND UNUSED SPACE In most homes, there is often wonderful empty space up high that could be used as storage space.

Consider building shelving across the perimeter of your room close to the ceiling. The bedroom is a great area to store less frequently used items such as hats, out-of-season clothing, bags and shoes.

Vertical storage in the bathroom could be used for items like spare toilet rolls and bath products while extra shelving in the kitchen could store rarely-used cookware.

Anything you don’t use on a daily basis can be stored up high and out of the way. 4. FIND UNUSED SPACE DOWN LOW What’s under your bed? What’s behind your bedhead? What are you sitting on? There are so many ways to be creative with this kind of unused space in your home.

If your bed is on the ground, consider bed risers to create storage space under your bed.

There are many other pieces of furniture that could provide double-duty storage such as ottomans, coffee tables and benches.

If you’re really tight on space, replace some furniture with pieces that can also store away some of those Christmas decoration­s you just can’t part with. 5. REFRAME YOUR THINKING If you’ve become accustomed to saying you don’t have enough storage space in your home, it may be time to confront the truth.

You only have the space you have but you can change the amount of ‘stuff’ you have. So, if you keep saying you don’t have enough storage space then try to look at it from that angle.

Adopting that mindset will help prevent the accumulati­on of unnecessar­y items. It could also keep you from doing casual shopping, which only adds to the clutter.

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There are plenty of ways to create more space in your home

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