One of the biggest challenges many people face when trying to downsize or live a minimalist lifestyle is how to make the most out of the space they have. While it’s easy enough to purge unnecessary belongings, what do you do when you’re left with too little space to work with?
Here are a few tips on how to gain more household space, including budget storage solutions.
One of the most cost-effective ways to gain additional household space is to invest in some new shelving units. By getting rid of clutter from off the floor and other places, you can open your home and make it feel more spacious.
If we look in cupboards and drawers, we may well find space that we have not utilized to the full. It can mean the difference between tripping over something and having a visually bad experience inside our home, compared to feeling relaxed and pleased to be in our current surroundings. We want memories and practicalities around us but not clutter. There is a difference. Clutter, to my mind, is the definition of something unwanted in its current space.
Other space-saving ideas might include:
- Using storage containers and baskets.
- Hanging items on walls or using racks.
- Storing items under beds or in closets.
- Investing in fitted wardrobes.
It can be cheaper to save space than have to pay for dealing with surplus items. Many DIY jobs can be attempted for little money and using recycled materials. Every inch of space we can create can be money saved. Where significant space needs to be saved, however, this is a job for those who can offer you affordably priced self-storage units.
Another option, which can also be very affordable and very effective at gaining some additional household space, is to rent a self-storage unit. This can be a great solution if you have seasonal belongings that you don’t need to access regularly. It’s also a good option for those who are in the process of downsizing and require a temporary storage solution.
It would be far more costly to have to move into a larger house because of all our items. Household budgets often cannot afford the costs of moving and the increased costs of maintaining and living in a larger house. The increased fuel bills, for one.
We often feel like having a grand sale of all our items. That would surely earn us some useful funds if we did. The only thing is that we have no desire to sell most of our possessions in such a merciless way. Many of the items we own will have been passed down through the generations. How can we even contemplate selling a family heirloom that dates to the Georgian or Victorian period? We just can’t, and if we did, we wouldn’t then have that object to pass down to the next generation, whether that be to a son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, or perhaps a niece or nephew.
The good news is that we could just sell some of our items to help the household budget, and then those that we can’t consciously part with could be kept safely and securely in the self-storage unit mentioned above. Further good news is that our treasures, when sent to a self-storage unit, can be kept in climate-controlled temperatures that will help preserve them. Okay, gold does not deteriorate but anything made from paper, silk, or any kind of cloth might. Keeping the item in a storage unit can also prevent it from being damaged by direct sunlight, which will affect its future value.
By following these tips, you can make the most out of the space you have and create a more comfortable and inviting home, without sacrificing precious items. Cost-effective storage solutions and self-storage units can be a great way to free up space in your home, giving you more room to enjoy your life.