When you plan on expanding your family, you will probably start to see ways that your home could be made more spacious and efficient to accommodate the growing numbers. Whether you are planning to have a new baby, your children are growing rapidly, or you have other loved ones joining you in your home on a long-term basis, it can be useful to think about how to update your home in such a way that everyone feels welcome and comfortable. Take a look at some of these suggestions as to how you can make your home more suitable for your household.
Rethink Room Purpose
There are a handful of standard purposes that most rooms in a house possess. These include places for hygiene, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, places for food preparation and dining, and places for relaxation and rest. If you have a growing family and need more space for the new addition to sleep, you can rethink the purpose of your rooms to see if there might be a better way of arranging the layout. For example, an office can become another bedroom, or you could transform your closet into an ensuite bathroom.
Make it Easier to Navigate
A growing family needs more space, not only in the house overall but so each person can move around freely without everyone feeling claustrophobic. Use your existing space more cleverly by rearranging your furniture or knocking down certain walls to create different zones and routes for travel. By choosing a custom kitchen remodel, for example, you give yourself more freedom to decide how the space is arranged and therefore design a room better suited to your family’s unique needs.
Plan Your Storage
With each person that occupies a space in the home, there is inevitably a whole lot of additional stuff that comes along too. If you have a new baby, you will most likely find yourself inundated with toys and equipment that take up loads of space in your home. To counter this, you can design better storage solutions that accommodate your possessions more effectively.
Upgrade Your Furniture
If you are having another child or asking a family member to move in with you, it might be worth taking the opportunity to upgrade your existing furniture. While this can be for practical purposes, such as making a room more childproof, it can also be a good excuse to redecorate and redesign your space.
Perform a Deep Declutter
As mentioned already, each individual in a home has their own belongings that add to the house’s clutter. When another member is expected to join soon, a great way of preparing your home is to get rid of all the unwanted junk before their arrival. Not only does this help to clear space for their belongings, but it is also a way for you to purge your home of all the unnecessary items that have been.
- About the Author
Alex Grigoryan is a Professional Home Improvement and Lifestyle Writer. He has been in the industry for over 6 years and has been writing for Chique Home Living since 2019. His work has been featured in prestigious blogs such as Spruce Home, Better Homes & Garden, and more.