All Out Of Space: Options When Your Family Is Outgrowing The House

by - 6/22/2017 11:01:00 PM

So your family has run out of space in the house. The most obvious solution here would be to move house, but… that’s not necessarily one that’s going to work for you financially. In fact, there are a number of reasons why you might be struggling for space but still not want to move. If that’s the case, what are your options?

1) Build An Extension

If you have backyard space that you could spare, then build an extension is the easiest way to add yourself some vital extra space. The size utterly depends on your budget and what you need. If you need new bedrooms to house your kids, then you probably want something relatively large. If it’s just more storage that’s required, then a smaller extension (perhaps off the kitchen for the sake of ease) could be enough to do the trick.

While an extension is not the cheapest option available, it’s also the one that is going to have the best permanent solutions for you.

2) Convert The Attic/Basement

If you don’t want to build more, then you could look at working on the structure you already have. Basements and (particularly) attics work very well for conversions, especially if the area is already in a good condition. You could move your bedroom to create a master suite, or just reclaim the living area by making the converted room a kids playroom.

3) Declutter - Well, Ish

Decluttering is all well and good if you have amassed a collection of items that you don’t need, but there’s plenty of clutter that we’re stuck with because we do need it. Seasonal items are the biggest offenders here, taking up a lot of space when not in use. To free some room, it might be worth following some handy storage tips and moving the items into off-site storage. You can then grab these items when they’re needed, but not have to have them clutter up the house the rest of the year. This tactic will make life easier if you do come to move in the future, too.

4) Declutter - Properly

There are two types of clutter; the clutter that we will eventually have a use for (see above) and the clutter that is just junk. Taking the time to go through your home with a fine-toothed comb and getting rid of anything that you’re keeping “just in case” could free up a surprisingly large amount of space. If there’s anything that you don’t want to part with for sentimental reasons, then it might be best moved into the storage unit rather than dominating space you need for essentials.

5) Expand Outside (Without The Extension)

If you have outdoor space but don’t want an extension, then you can still make use of the area for storage. Use plastic storage sheds - more convenient as the wood never needs treating - to house anything and everything. These sheds are often marketed for use to store garden equipment, but if you’ve got the space to host one then there’s nothing saying that’s what you have to use them for!

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  1. We have a big family and there isn't enough space to grow our house here in Manila, however, I did find these tips very helpful. Will consider them. - Joy of