As any urban residents will testify, city living is hardly a spacious affair. Space is well and truly at a premium, and you have to get creative to make things work. Unless, of course, your budget is unlimited.
Suffice to say, for most of us at least, we do have budgets. It means that our creative juices have to flow as we bid to unlock more space in our city homes and through today’s post, we’ll take a look at some of the best tips that you can adopt to get there.
The art of decluttering
This is the big one. It’s not just the physical clutter that takes up our space, it’s also the mental clutter. The piles of papers, the boxes of stuff that you’re not quite ready to throw out, the clothes that you’re not quite ready to part with, the list goes on.
It’s all too easy to get into the habit of collecting stuff, and it’s even easier to get into the habit of not throwing stuff out. However, it’s important to remember that clutter can take up a lot of space, and it’s also important to remember that if you don’t use it, you don’t need it. In city-centre accommodation, we really cannot emphasize this point enough. Take a look at this page for some of our favourite tips.
You don’t have to store things conventionally
With limited space to play with, it’s important to think outside the box and to use unconventional methods of storage.
What you do need to do is to think about how you can store things in a way that makes sense to you. For example, you might like the idea of a modular shelving system that you can put up and take down as and when you need it. You could also do with a couple of freestanding wardrobes, or a storage ottoman, or a wall-mounted shelving system.
If you’ve previously been used to having an abundance of space in previous accommodation, it’s time to throw the rule book out of the window. When it comes to urban living, there’s no such thing as “standard storage”. It’s instead all about the storage that works for your surroundings.
Or, don’t store it at all
That’s right, you can also consider storage. Some people will look to something like Safestore’s storage options for the long-term, while others might trial such a service to see if they really can live without certain items. Either way, on occasions, you don’t have to be limited by your own four walls.
Sometimes it’s about tricking the eye
We have so far spoken about a lot of physical changes to your property, but there’s another way of looking at things.
For some people, it’s not about the amount of physical space they have, it’s about “feeling” as though they have more space.
This is where shrewd tricks of the eye can come to the rescue. Whether it’s about positioning mirrors strategically, or using lighter tones on your walls – have a look at these tips which can transform your pokey room into something that at least looks a lot bigger than it really is.