Floor space is a valuable thing and I’m not just talking about the square footage of your home. You can declutter until you are left with the bare necessities and still feel swamped if you don’t maximize your floor space. Trust me, in the past month we have taken carloads of clothes, toys, and furniture to donation centers and I still feel swamped. By maximizing your floor space you will greatly feel like you’re decreasing clutter too.
I partnered with Tidy Living and received product for free, but all opinions are my own.
5 Tips for Maximizing Floor Space
Shoe racks – I can’t stress this enough and I don’t even like shoes! Prior to shoe racks our closet floors were a mess. We couldn’t keep our shoes in order. Mainly because our kids like to play hide and seek in our closet and partly because I am lazy and just want to kick them off. They’re a mess anyway why bother? With shoe racks, the kids can still hide and I had space to slip in my yoga mat and weights. Cleaning is a lot easier too. We have less dirt on the floors plus I don’t have to take out all of the shoes to clean the floors.
Rearranging Furniture – The hubs often comes home to new furniture arrangements. I can’t just look at a room and know the best way to place the furniture. That’s why I rearrange furniture. Getting the room to flow, the best way possible, often helps a room seem more spacious.
Choosing the right Furniture – As a furniture painter I tend to collect pieces with the intent to sell. One of the things I keep in mind is the amount of floor space it takes up. I prefer tall dressers because it helps keep the room open. After kid number 2 we bought a king size bed and I often wonder if our room is too small for the massive bed…when I wake up with one kid’s foot on my back and the other in my armpit I know me made the right decision because I can just push them back over toward dad! But that also means I need to pick other pieces with a smaller footprint for the room.
Underbed Storage – This is one of those discoveries that changed my decreasing clutter game! There are so many ways to use the unused floor space under your bed. I love the idea of drawers for under kids’ beds. Clothes, toys, you name it, it can be tucked away out of sight. For our bedroom, I took the towels out from under our bathroom sink and put them in these under bed bags. Now I don’t have to pull out all of the towels to find something, and they don’t have to share a space with the trash can. Do you store your summer clothes in the winter? Underbed storage bags keep them close by if you have a change in the weather or want to get away for the weekend.
Bins and Containers – I love love love using bins for the kids toys. I try to keep them as organized as possible. So all play kitchen items are in one container, cars in another. Plus I rotate their toys. Bins make it easy to slip out one set of toys and bring in another from hiding (top shelf of the closet). You can read more about my toy rotating system.
My favorite bins for toys and closet organization are collapsable storage bins. They look great and when not in use, they don’t take up much space.
More on Decreasing Clutter
Change your habits – Clutter stems from our daily habits. When I am tired of “tidying” the house I tend to go on strike, which only makes things worse. Recently we started picking up the house every evening as a family. The house is clean when we wake up and mom is in a much better mood! I’ve also had to keep an eye on what I bring into the house. Make sure we really need an item. I’m not always good about this, that’s how I end up with a room full of furniture I want to paint…but have no room to because I’ve run out of floor space!
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