3 tips for creating more space—no renovations required

At some point, we all find ourselves with a shortage of storage space, even when our homes aren’t crammed with furniture and decor. Before taking on huge renovations, why not first recreate your living space?

  1. Create illusion

There’s nothing like a strategically placed mirror to make a room look bigger. Don’t go too heavy on the decor; remove something you already have and replace it with the mirror. If you don’t have a mirror, visit flea markets or garage sales to snag a bargain.

Choosing a light colour for the walls and ceiling will help make the room feel larger while increasing light. Opening up the windows and letting light in also helps.

  1. Rearrange 

To lighten things up while increasing storage space, it’s a good idea to try out a few room layouts first. Same sofa in the same spot for years? Now’s the time to try something new.

  • Have fun accessorizing to lighten up the room and even create little storage corners.
  • Make the most of available wall space by hanging some paintings.
  • Install hooks in the hallway and washrooms and behind doors.
  • Be creative and take a new look at your environment. Claim any unused spaces that can be turned into handy and attractive storage space, like under stairs, on top of a wardrobe or dresser, beneath beds, under oven, etc.
  1. Purge 

Play devil’s advocate with yourself. From medicine chest to pantry to closet, question the usefulness of the contents and make some room by clearing out.

  • Organize drawers by prioritizing anything you use on a day-to-day basis or just about–in the kitchen, bedroom, living room, bathroom and so on.
  • Rotate your winter and summer clothes to free up closet space. Hanging on to things you haven’t worn in years? Time to donate them!
  • Hand off your old stuff to family members who may be going away to university or moving into an apartment or donate them.

And voila! With just a bit of effort and creativity, you’ve found a budget-friendly way to free up space and made the most of what you already have.

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Adèle Manseau | Desjardins Group