As time marches on, it seems like it can be more and more difficult to fit all of our things into our living quarters. For people who live in jam-packed cities like New York, you simply aren’t going to be able to afford to have a very big place. You’ll be crammed into what is probably a studio apartment, and you will have to work very hard in order to keep all of your things organized and out of the way.
Even people who live in the suburbs, small towns, or the country are actually choosing to live in smaller spaces. The plain fact is that many of us need far less space than we actually use. And smaller spaces are actually beneficial in many ways.
For one, if you are renting an apartment it is obviously cheaper in most cases to get a two bedroom instead of a three bedroom. That pretty much goes without saying. The same idea applies when buying a house. A bigger house is naturally going to cost more money.
But there are also hidden costs like heating and cooling. It is dramatically more affordable to run a small air conditioner in a studio apartment than it is to run central air in a four bedroom townhouse.
Not only is powering a smaller place more affordable, it is also dramatically easier to clean. Tidying up around a one-bedroom apartment is dramatically less time consuming than getting every room in a three story row home.
Of course some of us need more space than others. Big families and people with lots of hobbies or who need a work space will obviously need a bigger place. Still, if you can manage to live in a smaller space, here are a few ways to make the most out of those areas.
Tip #1 – Put your Kids’ Toys on a Rotation Basis
If you have children, odds are they will have their room in one of the smaller rooms in the house. That means that it is also going to be the first room to get overly cluttered. This is especially true when you put toys into the equation.
Kids love playing with toys, but what they obviously don’t like is cleaning them up after they are done with them. If you even leave your kids alone in their room for just an hour or so, odds are you are going to come back to see toys laying all over the place.
Rather than getting mad about the mess each and every day, the best thing you can do to help your kids keep their room clean is to rotate in and out the toys that they have access to.
This is much easier than it sounds. For one, you probably know that your kids more often than not don’t play with the vast majority of their toys. So, what you want to do is divide them up into storage containers, and place the ones that are out of the rotation in the attic or the basement or out in the garage.
Next, every few months you will rotate out the old batch of toys and in with the new ones. Not only will this make their room less cluttered, but they will feel like they are getting a new surprise every time the rotation changes up!
Tip #2 – Organize the Available Toys
Another way to make it so that your kids can easily access and clean up their toys is to get a few different storage bins. This way they will have a fun and easy way to access their toys and to clean them up when they are finished with them.
So, let’s say you get your kids three bins. We will say for example that one bin is for all of their stuffed animals, the next bin is for their toy cars, and the last bin is for all of their building blocks. Now, if your kid isn’t old enough to read, how are you supposed to label those bins so that they know what goes where?
Well, there are a few ways you can do this. For one, you can take a toy from each type and affix it to the side of the bin. Hence a little toy Corvette would go on one bin, a Lego would go on one, and a stuffed monkey would go on the other.
But, what if your kids want to play with the toys that act as the label? If you think this might be an issue you can easily just draw a picture of the toy type that goes in the bin if you are the artistic type!
However you need to make the most of your space, it’s best to start in your smaller rooms and then move on to the larger ones. These tips are great for saving space in the smaller rooms of your home, especially your kids’ rooms.