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How You Can Avoid Wasted Space at Home

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We are usually quick to criticize other people’s homes for their shortcomings. When there is no personal connection, we can objectively spot problems, whether it’s a poor design decision or a layout issue. However, it can be challenging to identify the errors we commit in our own homes. We tend to be unaware of our own errors, whether through willful denial or blissful ignorance.

Some errors are harmless enough. Poor color choices or unappealing fabrics, for instance, don’t really matter. There is little functional impact, but it can destroy a room’s aesthetics. The way you use your property, though, can be drastically altered by certain issues. These are problems that require some close attention.

The issue of wasted space

Although the average family uses just under 1,000 square feet on a daily basis, the average new home is over 2,400 square feet. Additionally, the square footage that is currently present in existing homes (from small to large units) isn’t being utilized effectively.

You probably have tons of square feet going to waste, whether you know it or not. There might be standard dining rooms (about 200 square feet), standard living rooms (approximately 330 square feet), lavish foyers (approximately 100 square feet), large bedrooms (reaching 100 square feet of extra space per room), and, of course, guest bedrooms (around 150 square feet).

Optimizing space in these rooms might be problematic for you, depending on the size of your family, the design of your house, and the various ways you use it. Repurposing these spaces to make them more functional is the key to eliminating wasted space.

Let’s explore some ideas to help you manage unused spaces next.

Proven strategies to reduce unused space in your home

Be strategic about your storage

One way homeowners lose out is through underutilizing storage space, which results in congested living rooms and underutilized dead spaces. There is no one strategy that works for everyone, but here are some options to think about:

  • Although they are excellent for storage, kitchen and bathroom cabinets are rarely well used. Things are dropped in and never seen again. Install sliding interior drawers for deeper cabinets to make them more useful.
  • Cars are typically required to park in the driveway since garages are usually cluttered. The best step to enhancing storage other than decluttering is to use a premium shipping container cover or try vertical storage. This allows you to arrange your possessions while simultaneously making space for parking cars or using the area for a hobby or other activities.

Get rid of the clutter

Start by removing all the junk from your rooms and sorting it into three piles: daily necessities, things to be kept in long-term storage, and things you can donate. Place the items for long-term storage in plastic tubs, distribute the donations, and put the daily essentials back where you found them.

Let the light in

People are drawn to light, so they tend to avoid dark areas of the home. Installing windows can help you maximize wasted space by letting in light and enhancing the quality of the time spent in that area.

Choose the appropriate windows for your room by speaking to a contractor. Ideally, pick a large window that offers a good view of the outside and lets in fresh air and plenty of sunlight.

Be creative in your search for a solution to wasted space in your home. Use the tips listed above and remember that most of the time, space isn’t usable because it’s the wrong size or shape. 

You can make your area more usable by altering the dimensions by removing a wall. To complete this, you should seek the advice of a contractor. Do not tackle wall demo exercises yourself because some of them might be load-bearing and vital to the stability of your home’s structure.


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Kaya Wittenburg

Blog Author and CEO

Kaya Wittenburg is the Founder and CEO of Sky Five Properties. Since the age of 10, real estate has been deeply ingrained into his thoughts. With world-class negotiation and deal-making skills, he brings a highly impactful presence into every transaction that he touches.

He is here to help you use real estate as a vehicle to develop your own personal empire and feel deeply satisfied along the way. If you have an interest in buying, selling or renting property in South Florida, contact Kaya today.

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