Does Your Small Home Leave You Feeling Claustrophobic? Changes Things Today Without Moving House

Are you starting to feel like your home is a little too small and compact for you? Maybe your family is expanding and you’re not sure whether the space you have available to you is enough. It can be tempting to start thinking about moving house, but who wants all that hassle and hard work on their plate? It’s not ideal for anyone to have to move.

 

There might be an alternative, though. There are actually lots of small steps you can take to make your home feel a little more spacious and a lot less claustrophobic. You just need to think logically and understand the tricks that really do make a difference. It’s not necessarily as difficult as you might imagine it to be either.

 

Below, you will find 12 ways in which you can make your small home feel bigger. Each of them will be discussed in-depth, and then you decide whether they could work for you and your situation. So, without further ado, read on and start learning how you can fix your home and avoid the trouble of having to move house.

 

Start by Rearranging Your Existing Furniture

 

Sometimes, changing things around and rearranging the furniture in your home can be a really big deal. It can have more of an impact than you imagine. When you have a small space to work with, you have to be prepared to think outside the box and come up with unusual ways of making it work for you. That means arranging furniture in a way that gets the most from the space that you have on offer. It could mean switching items around, pushing things back and testing completely new arrangements until you find one that seems to work well.

 

Cut Back on Non-Essential Furniture Items

 

Another thing you might want to do with your furniture is cut back on it a little. When you’re willing to do this, you can find that you get rid of the things that you don’t really need and keep the things that are actually useful. You’ll be surprised at how much extra room can be created simply by cutting back and getting rid of a few things that you don’t really need or want anymore. Take a very pragmatic kind of approach to this. If you’re not getting any use out of an item, why not make use of the space that it’s currently taking up? It makes sense.

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Think Vertically

 

You might be running out of floor space in your home, but have you thought about how the home’s vertical space could be put to use? This is something that many people don’t even stop to think about, but they really should if they want to make the most of the space that they have in their homes. You could use storage fixtures that attach to the wall in order to free up floor space. There are all kinds of creative ways in which you can use the vertical spaces in your home to your advantage.

 

Try to Get Double Usage Out of Furniture

 

If you have one item that can do two things, it will save you space because you won’t have to own two separate items. When you’re organising your furniture and trying to get as much out of your home’s space as possible, this can be a really positive move to make. You could have a chair that also doubles up as a small storage space, for example. And there are many other examples out there that you can find too. It makes perfect sense to make the most of this, so don’t limit the usage of the furniture you own.

 

Expand Into the Outside

 

If you can connect the inside of your home to the outside space you have, you can make the whole home feel a little less compact. You certainly won’t feel claustrophobic anymore if you do this. If you have some money to spend, you could think about installing some new patio doors at the rear of your home. They can then open out onto the garden, creating a point of easy access for the garden. During the summer months, the home will feel much more light and airy. And that can make a really big difference when you’re trying to make it feel like enclosed and dull.

 

Open Up the Space by Not Enclosing Rooms

 

Are your rooms too enclosed and shut off from one another? If that’s the case, don’t worry, there are some simple things that can be done to save the situation. For example, you could keep doors open more often; you can get simple items from superiormaker that can help with this. Or you could even come up with a more open plan design and knock down some of the dividing walls in the home. If you choose to do that, just be careful and ensure you’re not knocking down any supporting walls. It might be best to hire professional help.

 

Swap Curtains for Blinds

 

This is one of those small changes that really can have an impact on how big or small a home feels. When you have curtains covering your windows, they tend to be quite big and cumbersome. They make the room feel a little smaller and more cramped. That might not be such a big deal for some people. But if you want to make the room feel more spacious, it makes sense to embrace blinds. They are much smaller and they don’t hang down as far, creating the appearance of more space being taken up. That’s exactly what you want when you’re trying to make the most of every square inch.

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Unify Your Colours

 

Chaotic design choices can really hold you back when you’re trying to make your home seem bigger and more spacious. The small homes that looks biggest are the ones that have a clear and unified approach to design. And most important of all is the colour scheme that you choose for the home. If it’s all over the place and there is no clear through line, it will simply look messy, and the home will feel even more cramped and uninviting. That’s not what you want, so make sure that you think carefully about the colours you choose for the home.

 

Choose Artwork That’s on the Smaller Side

 

Do you like to have some works of hard hanging on the walls of your home? If so, it might be a good idea to choose works of art that are on the small side. This will help to make sure that you don’t take up too much of the wall space and make the room feel smaller and more cramped than it is. Art can definitely add something to your walls and your home, but you need to make sure that you make your choices carefully. Big portraits are fine for big homes, but smaller pieces should always be used when the space on offer is smaller.

 

Make the Most of Mirrors

 

Next, you should try to make the most of mirrors. We all know that mirrors create the illusion of more depth in a room, even if we know that they are not actually showing us ma reality of more space. They also help to reflect more light around the room, helping it to reach every corner. You should try to use at least one mirror in each of the rooms that you want to make feel bigger. That way, you can be sure that you make the room appear as large as it possibly can.

 

Change Up the Lighting

 

The lighting arrangements in your home might need to be tweaked as well. Darkness is linked to a perception of limited space. If you can’t properly see every part of the room lit up, it will appear smaller in our minds. That’s simply the way in which our eyes and our brains work. So, if the lighting you currently have in place is a little dim and doesn’t offer as much coverage as it could, you need to think about changing things. Buy more lights, choose LED bulbs and make your home brighter.

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Try to Keep Your Surfaces as Clean as Possible

 

Keeping things clean and tidy can make it much easier for you to make it seem like your home is larger and more spacious. You just need to make sure that you keep surfaces clean and clear. Don’t let things pile up on them because this is an immediate sign of a lack of space in the home. Instead, you should make sure that every item in your home has its own place where it can be stored when it’s not in use.
Your small home might not seem like it’s ideally suited to you. But your fears and worried could be allayed if you make some of the changes discussed above. They’ll make your home feel a little more spacious, and that could be enough to make all the difference.

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Great Living At Home Made Easy

We all want to live a life at home which is as happy as possible, and yet this can often seem surprisingly hard to achieve. If you are someone who is very keen on being happy in the home, you will probably also be keen on finding as many ways as possible for how to do this. In this article, we are going to look at many of the major elements which can easily lead to a more fulfilling, comfortable and happy home life. As long as you bear the following in mind, you should find that you have a much happier home life, and probably in no time at all. Let’s take a look and see what you can do to make your home somewhere you will enjoy living in much more.

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Take A Look At The Design

 

If you have the opportunity to actually the change the overall design of the home, then it is well worth making the most of that opportunity and doing so. Often, doing this will bring up a surprising array of differences which you can apply, and usually these can be altered to make for a much better home to live in. Something that is always going to help the way in which you live in the home is the nature of the floor plans. If they are craftsman house plans, for example, they will be well designed for easy living, and you will really notice the difference in your day-to-day life. Of course, in general you will need help with these kind of aspects of the home – but as long as you have it, you will find that this makes a huge difference to how you feel in your own home. It is well worth looking at this before you move on to any other aspect of the home.

 

The Comfort Levels

 

When it comes to enjoying life at home, one of the first thing that people generally think of is the level of comfort, particularly in the main living or shared areas. Achieving comfort in these spaces can often be surprisingly challenging, ut with the right approach you will find that you can easily make your home considerably more comfortable in no time at all. Let’s take a look at some of the main functions of achieving comfort in the home.

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First of all, you want to make sure that you have a decent amount of comfortable furniture, and that it is spaced well enough apart so as to create the feeling of comfort in the air as well. This is something which can take a lot of trial and error, but it is definitely worth putting all your effort into trying to make it happen. As long as you have the right furniture, there is no reason that you can’t feel comfortable in your home for as long as possible. Of course, it’s not all about the furniture, and there are many other elements which go towards making a space more comfortable. If you really want to feel more comfortable in the home, you should also make sure that you have the ability to control the temperature in your home, otherwise you might not be able to find the level of comfort that you’re really looking for. As long as you can control temperature – and ideally, humidity – you will find that you feel much more at home and much more comfortable in your own space. This is something that it is well worth looking into if you are not entirely comfortable in your home at present.

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De-Stress Areas
Something that every home should have, but which relatively few actually do, is a decent de-stressing area, or several de-stressing areas. We all know how stressful everyday life can be, and having a space at home in which to unwind can be hugely important as a part of achieving peace at home. The truth is that it is relatively easy to find a decent space for such a purpose – all you need to do is set aside a specific area and make sure that it contains nothing which might stress you out or trigger you. Then you can fill it with comfortable furniture and so on, and perhaps make sure that it is as light and spacious as possible. You might be surprised at what a difference it can make to the feel of a home when you have this kind of space to unwind in. Try it out in your home and see how much of a difference you feel.

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Quick and Easy Ways To Boost Your Income

Unless you’re one of the lucky few who has all the disposable income you could ask for, you’re probably always on the hunt for opportunities to have a little bit extra cash in your wallet. However, although there is undoubtedly a lot of money in this world it’s not always the easiest thing to grab your fair share of it. However, with a bit of creative thinking and a dash of hard work, you might be surprised how easy it is to give your bank balance a top up. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

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Rent Out a Room

 

You probably have a space in your room that is worth hundreds of dollars each month, and it’s just sitting there empty! If you have a spare room, look at renting it out to a lodger. If you live in an area that is in any way popular you should have no problem finding someone to take the room. And of course, who you decide to rent your room to is completely up to you. You might find a lodger that you get on really well with and have a big chunk of your monthly rent/mortgage payment taken care of at the same time.

 

Being the Help

 

People always need help – you can be that help and bring in some much needed cash. If you’ve ever Googled ‘how much should cleaning cost’, you’ll know that it can a healthily profitable business: not so expensive that people shy away from using cleaners, but expensive enough to make it worth your while. Even working as a cleaner just a few hours a week can bring in hundreds of dollars each month. Elsewhere, you can ‘be the help’ by becoming a part-time Uber driver – you’ll be able to set your own hours and do it as and when needed.

 

Use Your Talents

 

If you’re a talented and/or knowledgeable, why not put your skills to good use and make money at the same time? For instance, if you’re a talented cook then you can turn your home into a temporary restaurant and host travellers to your area to a meal prepared by a local (you!) using sites such as https://www.bonappetour.com/ or https://www.eatwith.com/. Alternatively, if you’ve lived in your city for a long time and know it inside out, you can become a tour guide and share everything you know with visitors. Finally, creative folks should take a look at Fiverr.com and post their skills for others to buy.

 

Sell Your Belongings

 

Practically everybody has belongings in their home that they’re simply hoarding because they don’t want to throw them away. But those unused belongings can bring in plenty of money – the average home has something like $1000 of sellable belongings. Go through the home, make the tough calls about what should stay and what should go, then get to selling them either online or at a market. You’ll clear space and bring in money – win win!

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