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When you find an apartment or house which works for you, often you will want to stay put. No matter how your family might change over the years, there can be a strong desire to stay in a house if you have really connected with it and the neighborhood.
Here are some of the best ways to make sure that you are able to stay on top of the limited space you may have, so that you can stay in your beloved home no matter how long you happen to be there.
Keep Renovations Smart
If you have a house, you should take a look to see if you can add extensions or convert some unused space like a loft. This will allow you to expand your the space with a growing family as needed. You should also be careful about how you designate the use of each room. Do you really need both a living room and a den? There might be a better use of the space than what you currently have.
You should also evaluate the major spaces like kitchens and bathrooms when you start to renovate them. There are some extremely smart storage solutions out there nowadays and they might be easy to incorporate into your existing rooms when you do a full renovation. When you plan each space as carefully possible you make sure that you are getting all the potential you can from it.
Invest in Some Self-Storage
Self-storage units are a fantastic way to store extra items your family might need without them taking up too much room in your living spaces. You’ll find these dotted around everywhere, for instance the company Moishe’s Self-Storage are helping New York families find reliable storage in Queens. These types of companies are great as you have complete flexibility over how you use the space.
Whether you are storing your winter gear, the nursery furniture, or just some things you don’t yet want to get rid of, self-storage facilities allow families to control their space even in somewhere as crowded as New York City.
Regular Clear Outs
Do you really need to keep that dress with the rip you have always said you would get fixed? Do your children need the toys they have not touched in several years? How many spatulas and plate sets are really necessary? Decluttering is not always the easiest of tasks, especially when a family is involved, but regular clear-outs can help you keep on top of how much space you have. Plus, while your children are young it is good to help them learn how to declutter and only keep what “sparks joy” in their homes just like the famous Marie Kondo would say!
Find a list of local charities who accept donations and make a goal of how often you want to give things to them. You could very easily take things to them each season, especially if you are an avid shopper. If you fall in this category, try to set up a flow of just as much is going out as you are bringing in. With three kids, I even have a spot for donations(aka a shopping bag) in my laundry room for cloths that my kids have outgrown. That way as soon as it is washed, I just drop it in the bag. When the bag fills up I put it in the car to take to a local donation drop off.
With a growing family, it can be difficult to stay on top of space. It is going to take quite a bit of discipline but the results will give you so much more freedom within your home. Start making changes by saving space with a growing family and it could help you feel happier in your home!