In this post, you will learn…
- How to effectively declutter your house by donating or repurposing items
- How to better organize your closet to get maximum use of your space
- How a four season room can help provide efficient use of space
With warmer weather around the corner, “spring cleaning” will soon be taking place. This yearly ritual seems to consist of purging unused items or finding new homes for them. What kind of creative ideas and outlets will you be using to get rid of items that are no longer needed? Once you’ve removed these unwanted items, adding extra space can help further improve your home. Read on to find out how Patio Enclosures® can help expand your living space while increasing the value of your home.
Tip 1: To Pitch or Repurpose?
We think of “spring cleaning” as an opportunity to get rid of old items, but maybe there is an opportunity to donate them, repurpose them or even make some extra cash from the items.
The items that take up the most room in a home are usually furniture pieces. With the growing popularity of Pinterest, ideas for repurposing antique or unwanted items are readily available, providing you and your family with many options for reusing your existing furniture. Have you thought about modifying your old dining room buffet or side table into a kitchen island for added storage? Have unused end tables? With a fresh coat of paint, they could be a nice, bright-colored addition to your bedroom in the form of nightstands. If you’re thinking of giving your existing furniture a new purpose, rather than pitching it, think about getting involved in a crafting group that can share creative “how-tos” and connect you with those looking to buy refinished antique pieces.
If you are unable to repurpose unwanted items, consider checking out your local donation centers to see what their needs are, and drop some of your old items off. Some secondhand stores may offer scheduled pick-ups and will take your extra items at no added cost. This makes the process of decluttering even easier.
Tip 2: Shortcuts to Maximizing Storage Efficiency
There are steps you can take throughout the year to make it a little easier to organize your home when next spring comes around. It’s easy to accumulate a large amount of clothes for each person in your home, for all four seasons. Donate or discard clothing that no longer fits and items you no longer wear. For the clothing that remains, there are many cost-effective, DIY closet organization projects that will make things easier to find.
Consider rolling or stationary clothes racks, for storage outside of your bedroom closets. Something as simple as hangers can open you up to new possibilities and change your life. Speaking of hangers, velvet-covered are a must! They keep their form much longer than wire and plastic hangers, help minimize the shoulder creases in your shirts and keep flowy shirts from falling to the bottom of your closet. There are also special hangers that can hold several garments at once and then collapse to maximize your closet space. Other options are designed to hold several scarves or belts at a time; some with up to 20 hooks for ease of hanging. No matter the size of your closet, you can always use a little extra room!
Tip 3: Need More than Just a Little Decluttering?
Now that you’ve cleared out the extra items from your home, it’s time to think of how you can improve your current space. Adding extra square footage, like a Patio Enclosures® sunroom would certainly help you spread out and give you a multi-purpose functional space.
There are many clever, attractive ways to use some of the space for storage, such as baskets, shelves, cubes, etc. Or, consider furniture with built-in storage like coffee tables, ottomans or benches. In addition to providing extra storage space, a sunroom could serve as a space to sit and relax, or host parties for your family and friends, away from bugs, rain and the sun.
Wouldn’t it be great to have an extra entertaining space where everyone could gather to make new memories? Depending on the extent of your home reorganization project, our screen room, three season room, four season room, solarium or traditional sunroom options can be customized to fit your needs. A home addition offers extra square footage, increases the value of your home and gives you an extra space for family and friends to gather, without having to worry about inclement weather.
If your home organization project requires a little more than spring cleaning, call Patio Enclosures at 800-230-8301 or schedule your free, in-home estimate to learn more about adding square footage to your home.
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