Are you looking to downsize your home? From cutting costs to kids leaving the nest, there are tons of practical reasons to trade your home for something smaller. However, many people face storage and space concerns when moving. The storage experts at More Space Place can help! Keeping ready for our guide to downsizing.
Declutter Your Belongings
We often end up buying things to fill up the space we have – so you’ll likely have to get rid of some items! The first step in downsizing is to get rid of what you don’t need and don’t use. This can actually be a great way to simplify your life and reduce clutter. One strategy we recommend is to start with small items, donate or dispose of them, and then move onto bigger items like furniture.
Invest in Built-In Storage
When downsizing, storage is often a main concern. If you’re wondering how everything you do want to keep will fit in your new home, we recommend investing in a built-in storage system. This is a great solution for adding storage capacity to smaller spaces. Consider a custom built-in storage system from the experts at More Space Place! A custom storage solution will provide optimal storage for your items while also saving on space compared to bulky wardrobes or standalone, pre-made storage options.
Downsize Your Furniture, Too
In a smaller home, your large sectional might look out of space. Do you really use all that couch space, either? When downsizing your home, try downsizing your furniture as well. Trade out giant sofas, rugs, or duplicate furniture pieces for a smaller and singular option.
Upgrade to a Murphy Bed
With fewer rooms and less space, you might need to combine certain rooms – like your home office and guest bedroom, to start. One great way to do this is with a Murphy bed! We have a variety of Murphy bed options, including ones with built-in desks and home office furniture. Your guests will appreciate having a comfortable bed to sleep on rather than a fold-out couch or air mattress, and you’ll appreciate having a home office to work in.
Downsize Effectively With More Space Place
Don’t struggle in your new, smaller space. With custom-designed storage solutions, the experts at More Space Place can help you seamlessly transition to a smaller home. Contact us today to learn more, or visit one of our convenient locations in Sarasota, Bradenton, and Port Charlotte!
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If you’re a parent, you are probably all too familiar with the constant struggle to keep your child’s bedroom neat and tidy. Between science projects, soccer practice, and the general mess kids can cause, having an organizational system for your child can be helpful for both of you. Here at More Space Place Bradenton, we specialize in creating customized storage solutions for all different lifestyles and home organization needs. Here we’ll explore different closet design options for kids who live life on the go.
Easy Access Storage
One of the main causes of a messy room is something not being put away once it’s done being used. This applies to clothes, toys, sports equipment, and schools supplies. Creating storage systems that allow for easy access can make it easier for your child to put things away, thus preventing things from accumulating on the floor. Incorporating designated closet shelving and drawers for your child’s respective activities can ensure everything always has a place, and that it can be conveniently put away without requiring extra time or effort.
Clothing Storage Within Reach
Another culprit of messes in kids’ rooms is the piling up of clothes. If your child has a hard time reaching the clothes that are hung from the closet rod, they’re less likely to spend time putting them away. Installing hanging rods and some built-in drawers at a low level allows your child to be able to reach everything easily, making grabbing their clothes and putting them away a simple and doable task. You can also include a built-in laundry hamper for dirty laundry. If you’re pressed for closet space, you can create a double-hanging system that allows for two levels of clothing rods stacked on top of each other. Put your child’s frequently accessed clothes on the bottom level, and reserve the upper level for more seasonal items they don’t need every day.
A Place For Everything
Active kids often have a lot of items to store in their bedrooms. Whether they need cubbies for their baseball uniform, shelving for their books, or ample drawers for their Lego collection, supplying your child’s closet with custom storage for their things can help reduce clutter and messes. Making sure everything has a place will make cleanups a breeze for them and reduce headaches for you.
At More Space Place Bradenton, we build all of our custom furniture in our own factories, making a variety of designs possible. We offer many color and finish styles, so the closet components can match your child’s room décor. No space is too small for our design experts. To learn more about custom closet storage for your Bradenton home, contact us today and schedule a free in-home consultation!
Any time a homeowner considers a home improvement project, two questions typically come to mind. Does this home improvement make the best use of the space I have? And, will I get my investment in the project back when it comes time to sell the house? Let’s take three popular projects and look at them through the lens of these key factors.
Home Office Build-Out. With the installation of unique home office furniture, it’s possible to create a workspace in a spare bedroom, or even in an unused corner in a larger room of the home. In the case of the bedroom, the home office build-out is a home improvement that promotes a dual purpose for a single space. That’s a particular benefit in smaller homes that have only one or two bedrooms.
While a home office build-out doesn’t rank as high on some home improvement lists, creating a space featuring unique home office furniture will often return about 70% of the money spent on it when the house sells. What’s more, it maximizes your home’s use of space at the same time.
Kitchen Remodel. On the space-saving side, a well-planned kitchen remodel will incorporate the most efficient ways for storing food, kitchen tools, cookware, plates, glassware, and the like. A kitchen home improvement project almost always takes place within its original footprint. This space often becomes a main gathering place at meal times, during parties, or just for a chat, so many kitchens are laid out to accommodate socializing.
In terms of recouping cost, the kitchen remodel has long been at or near the top of the list, with most of these home improvement success stories returning 90% or even 100% and up of the money spent on them.
Pantry Makeover. Because it’s stationed close to the kitchen, a pantry project and its costs are often folded into the kitchen remodel, so as a whole, a kitchen/pantry remodel should be well worth the money invested when a house goes on the market.
Where a well-organized pantry shines, of course, is in the efficient use of its space. Shelving, bins, cabinets, and racks placed properly in this comparatively small space make life easy for the head of the kitchen, or anyone else looking to find an item quickly.
The home office, the kitchen, or the pantry – upgrading any or all of these areas can add to the comfort and utility of a home. Whether you can resell the upgrade for close to its cost, and whether the remodel or makeover you’re considering is the best possible use of space, varies widely from home to home.