Making Your Home Feel More Spacious
Here at Mesa Falls, we offer apartments with square footage ranging from 690 to 1100! We absolutely love having so much space, especially in our one bedroom apartment. However, if there is anything I’ve learned from apartment living over the past 5 years, it’s that the more you accumulate, the less space you have. Eventually, no matter how much space you start out with, you start to feel cramped. Here are 6 ways to make your home feel more spacious.
Less is More!
Less is more in many ways, but overall, Less things = more space. Start your journey by throwing some things out. There are a couple of methods for this. One is to hold each item and determine if it gives you joy. If not, toss it. Another is to throw out anything you haven’t used in the last 6 months (this one is especially helpful with clothing). Try the 20/20 method: if it is something you truly need that can be replaced (and needs to be) for $20 within 20 minutes of your home, go ahead and toss that as well. If you get stumped on ideas to declutter, there are plenty of ideas on Google!
Store Up! Not out.
There are a handful of items in the everyday household that can be stored upwards that aren't. Blankets, for example, we can commonly find are taking up too much space. A blanket ladder is a common and trendy solution to this problem. If you have too many blankets for just one blanket ladder, consider getting a bookshelf to store them. Maybe a hollow footrest is more your style. Pinterest some ideas for your style of storage, but always remember you can store a lot when doing so upwards!
Let’s talk about Decor. The minimalist lifestyle isn’t for everyone, especially not me. I like a view on every wall, however, sometimes that view ends up taking away from the space. Don’t be afraid to move around your decorations or furniture when you start to feel cramped. If you feel like you have one too many chairs or couches, don’t be afraid to get rid of them. After all, less is more!
Use every space
There are many floorplans at Mesa Falls that include a laundry room or pantry with a lot of space. Utilize these! Add a bookcase or shelves of some sort and fill the space with the things you don’t want in your main living areas.
Specifically with the Private Falls, there is a nice space in the dining area, against the wall where a nice shelving unit would fit great! The Private Falls may not come with a pantry, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make one! There is also a great coat closet in the Private Falls, Bravura Falls, and Grand Falls. Just because it is called a coat closet doesn’t mean it can only be used for coats. Use that as a pantry or extra storage.
Don’t forget that we also offer storage closets and garages. These are great spaces for large and seasonal items as well (think Holiday decorations, bikes, snowboards). If this peaks your interest, call the office!
If you have read some of my other blogs, you will know how much of an advocate I am of organization. Specifically giving everything a place. If everything has a spot to be returned to after use, the mess only accumulates a little and it’s easy to clean up. I am currently posting a series of organizing each room in your apartment. Check out this one for your bathroom, and keep an eye out for our next blog to see ideas on organizing your kitchen.
Keeping a clean home can be difficult, especially when you are living with more people than just yourself. Remember that it’s okay for your home to look lived in, because it is lived in. Don’t hold yourself to an impossible standard of cleanliness. That being said, you can clean up each day by “resetting” the room. Change your mindset from “cleaning up after yourself” to “resetting for tomorrow”. This takes away any blame for a dirty area and changes it to acceptance that it is simply a used area. If it helps, number the tasks and do them in order. This takes away any overwhelming feelings.
If you have any other tips or tricks to making your home feel more spacious, share it with us and we will share it in our next blog!
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