Looking at the housing market, I’ll be stuck in my tiny, one-bedroom flat (with my boyfriend and dog) until I’m 80. I don’t know if I can handle living in such a cramped space whilst creating an area that I am happy to call home. See, I have this habit, which my boyfriend claims is an issue, of buying home décor. Now before I become a hoarder, I thought I’d search some creative space saving solutions to implement in my home.
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- Use the walls. It’s something I never really considered, other than for hanging art, but walls are invaluable when it comes to saving space. The Wooden Pegboard helps me transfer plants, knick-knacks, and decorative items out of “readily used” areas, like my desk or coffee table, to fresh spaces where they are still visible.
- Along with the utilizing the walls, the ceiling is a brilliant way to save space (yes, I’m serious). The Hanging Drying Rack removes the hassle of the dreaded washing horse and instead, uses a pulley system to easily air-dry clothes in a sustainable way. Our friend, Marcella, went to the next level and designed a laundry underneath her stairs!
- Coffee Tables with compartments. My boyfriend is a builder (yes, very helpful) and created a coffee table where the top slides out to show a secret compartment. It allows items needed often to be kept close, without overloading and cluttering a space.
- Creating decent cupboard space and sticking to it. It’s more than throwing everything in the hallway cupboard, you’ve got to have a method to your madness, so you know where everything is kept. Utilizing storage space through putting things away correctly (like folding sheets opposed to scrunching it into a ball and hoping for the best) can allow for so much more room in cupboards and wardrobes.
Credit: Harwood Builders
Generally, trying to save goes hand-in-hand with any yo-pro, so none of these ideas are designed to break the bank. It’s about creating a space you love and are comfortable in. These tips won’t magically turn my shoebox-flat into a mansion (much to my dismay) but will certainly make the world of difference in day-to-day life.