As winter comes, looking for ways to create more space in your home is a good idea. Even if you cannot add a room, there are steps you can take to rearrange what you have. Or, you can consolidate your possessions to foster a sense of openness in your living space.
1. Create a Mudroom
Creating a mudroom makes accessing what you need when coming and leaving the house accessible. To create a mudroom area, review the space near your front door. Look for a spot where you can hang a coat rack or two. That way, everyone who enters the door can hang up their jackets.
Also, consider adding a blanket chest with a cushion. With a chest, it’ll be easier for friends and family to sit down and take off their shoes. A basket where everyone can put their slippers or house shoes would also save labor.
If you have the space, add a bookshelf or two. Bookshelves are ideal for storing backpacks and electronics that need to be charged. You can avoid the morning scramble once you have a designated spot for items like backpacks. It’ll save you a lot of time you’d otherwise be looking for papers and books!
2. Convert Your Pantry Into a Butler’s Pantry
While pantries are for storing extra food, butler’s pantries are both storage and workstations. Add a rolling island to your pantry as a workstation if you’re tired of mornings being a mad scramble.
With a rolling island in the pantry, you’ll have a spot to take care of tasks efficiently. For example, you can dish out cereal, cut fruit, or make coffee away from the rest of the kitchen.
Even if your pantry doesn’t have water access, you can add a spray bottle of veggie wash. You can also use the cutting surface on your island to prep vegetables.
3. Upgrade Your Kitchen
Adding simple upgrades to your kitchen is another way to update your space. Consider adding new kitchen appliances and accessories. For example, you can stock up on some of the best Cuisinart products!
4. Consolidate Kitchen Tools
In addition to upgrading your kitchen, buy kitchen tools you don’t have to replace. The holiday sales will soon be approaching. So, keep an eye out for items to use to consolidate tools, save space, and invest in things that will last.
You may dislike using your oven in the hot summer months. If that’s the case, consider getting a toaster oven. It will serve multiple purposes all year.
For those considering starting a garden, a food processor is one of the best products you can invest in. It’ll help you manage your harvest!
5. Build Yourself an Office
Another idea is to create a new office space for yourself! For starters, find a quiet corner to mount a wall desk. Invest in a chair that supports your back and treat yourself to a folding screen. A simple set of noise-canceling headphones, and you’ve got a private space to work that you can hide away after you’re done working.
A photo-folding screen can work well for this application. Consider putting a thin cork on the back side of the screen. This will come in handy so you can mount notes to yourself or design ideas for your next project.
6. Update Your Window Coverings
Why not upgrade your window covers? Invest in a simple set of rods and cafe curtain clips. These clips can turn any hemmed piece of fabric into curtains with no pocket required. Visit a local thrift store and look for sheets or pillowcases in cheery fabrics.
Next, measure the window you want to cover. Mount the rod directly above the window at the corners or on the window frame. If you’re drilling directly into wood, make sure you drill pilot holes first.
To add two curtains to your window, make each as wide as the single window so you have. This will add some fullness to the fabric. Once you cut the fabric, stitch or fuse the edges so they don’t unravel. Clip the material to the rod with your cafe curtain clips. Then, it’s time for you to enjoy your new window coverings!
Your home can easily be transformed with minor upgrades that don’t necessarily require a costly renovation. You also can spend a little bit of time updating your space. Simple changes such as curtains can brighten your outlook. Now, you know simple and convenient ways to upgrade your home space. The results will be your home being more comfortable, stylish, and personalized to your lifestyle.
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