Living in a small space with cute little energetic kids isn’t very ideal. It can really drive you nuts knowing that you still have a lot of house chores to do. Though it is not really ideal, living in small spaces with kids is possible. It is just a matter of being in tune and organized at the same time.
So if you want to know how to actually get this done, here’s a list of how to maximize your space and make living with your kids not just bearable, but also enjoyable.
1. Organize Space
Whether you have kids or none, being organized, in the first place, is important. Being organized means having all your stuff be in their proper places. You also have to declutter your things. Good areas to start with are your kitchen counters, closets, dressers, and walls. It may mean that you have to let go some things you do not need, but you can still keep your favorite possessions, preferably elsewhere if it is not needed.
2. Give Kids the Bigger Room
It is normal that kids share a room when living in a house with limited floor area. It is a norm that master bedroom – which is typically the largest room in the house – belongs to the parents, but if you really want to be really efficient in using limited spaces of your house, you can let the children have it. What is the advantage? For one, if your children have a small room, the tendency is that they are going to play in the other areas in the house, thus, making it harder for you to clean those up. Some of their things such as toys will be cluttering outside if their room cannot accommodate everything, so having a bigger room for them and their stuff will definitely help.
3. Choose Multi-Purpose Furniture
Multi-purpose furniture is becoming a trend right now. For example, you can purchase a sofa that can transform into a bed. There are also other fixtures that can be folded when not in need, like coffee or dining tables. Modern beds also have big drawers underneath them, you can, therefore, save space since you do not need another a bulky dresser anymore. Some beds have another bed below that can be pulled out whenever necessary. Folding bikes can also be practical as it can be stored in small closets.
4. Down Size Appliances
If you want to have more spaces, try changing your appliances – downsize – make it smaller. Get rid of that gigantic HVAC and purchase just the smaller ones as these can save energy bills and space at the same time. Appliances nowadays are trending smaller and smaller that’s why it is easier to look for smaller things. Other appliances that you should consider to downsize are a refrigerator, oven stove, television, water heater, etc.
5. Enjoy Outside
If you have small interior space, maybe think about going outside your lawn and enjoy the fresh air. Whenever you’re outside, you do not have to think too much about the mess your kids may cause compared to when you are inside your small house or apartment. Just make sure you are looking after your kids because there are more dangers outside.
Moreover, you can also enjoy a walk in the park or in the public playground so you can relax from your claustrophobic place and let your kids enjoy. If you don’t confine yourself and your family inside your house, your home can expand outside to your neighborhood, community garden, and other public places.
See? Just be prudent in purchasing new furniture, fixtures, or appliances. Know your limitations and don’t get too sentimental about things that already have no use of. Make sure your kids have their own enough space so they will not have to mess all over the house.
So there you are, you can now get the most out of the space you have and enjoy every corner of it with your kids. Have more ideas on how to live in a small space? We’ll be glad to hear that, leave your thoughts in the comment section below.