How to maximise your living space

Can’t see the carpet for the clutter? Try these genius storage tips

The Knowledge

Outgrown your living space? Can’t see the carpet for the clutter? Louise Emma Clarke speaks to Michelle Dinsmore of Home Centre to find out how you can get the most from your space.

1 Every space provides an opportunity to create more storage, especially hidden spaces. Plastic containers under the bed are great for extra linens or storing sweaters and jackets for those trips home during cooler months. Or place a bench at the foot of your bed that has hidden storage.

2 When it comes to your closet, consider changing to thinner, felt- or velvet-covered hangers. They take up less space and you’ll get twice as many items hanging in your closet. To make the most of shirts hanging in a closet, use the tab from a soda can. Put the large ring over the hanger and then attach another shirt hanger to the second hole of the soda tab. Not sure how this works? Just check it out on the internet. For your shoes, boxes are always nice, but they too take up a lot of space. Replace with fabric shoe racks that hang on a door. This will allow you to keep them organised and stored without cluttering up your closet.

3 Toys, toys and more toys. That’s what happens when we have kids, so where do you put them all? This can be tricky in smaller homes. Remember, an empty wall is a golden opportunity for storage. Use multiple wardrobes that fill the length of a wall. Doors on wardrobes with mirrors keep the space looking light, while giving you extra storage space. You could also use open shelving with baskets, which packs everything away, keeping the room looking tidy and organised.

4 Mirrors are a great way to make a small space seem larger. Multiple mirrors of different sizes grouped together on a wall will give you a point of interest and make a room feel larger. Sometimes the layout of a living room doesn’t allow us to enjoy the view outside. Mirrors placed on a wall directly across from the window is a great way for you to enjoy your living area and the view.

5 Another tip to get the most out of your space is by using shelves. They can be placed above lamps on your bedside table for books or on the wall above your sofa to display framed art, framed family photos and other trinkets that you’ve brought back from your travels.

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