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How to Live Big in A Small Family Home 14 May 2019

Growing up, I always dreamt of having a big, beautiful house of my own with enough space for me to relax and enjoy. I used to believe that bigger is better, but now that I’m all grown up and have children of my own, I realize that living in smaller homes has its own perks. For starters, it doesn’t require as much cleaning as it is the case with spacious homes, and with so many kids running around (five to be exact), I can’t imagine finding the time to clean a large house. Another thing I like about my small home is that our energy bills are low and it requires less maintenance than bigger homes, so I also get to save some money by living small. However, small homes do come with struggles of their own, but it’s nothing that can’t be solved with a little bit of creativity. I’m going to share with you some things I learned while living in a smaller home that can really help you better organize your family home and make it look more functional and chic.
First, let’s start with the bedrooms. Even though fitting seven people into a home with three bedrooms is tricky, there are tricks (excuse the pun) on how to make the most of your living space and make it work for you. Our bedrooms posed a problem due to their small size. However, my husband and I managed to design our bedrooms in a way that is practical and space-savvy. We introduced bunk beds in kids’ bedrooms and chose a large bed with storage for ourselves, while the baby sleeps in her crib. By choosing a bed with extra storage space, we’ve finally got some room for storing our off-season clothing and accessories. There is never enough storage when you have so many kids, so we had to figure out a way to store all our clothes and shoes in a way that will be functional and organized. What we did is we went ahead and bought cube storage and open shelving units to stack all our everyday stuff. Also, we’ve got a lot of baskets, bins, and boxes for kids to put away their Legos and Barbies and keep their bedrooms free of clutter. Now I don’t have to worry about picking up their toys around home – they love the new organizing system, and they’re glad to do it themselves.
Our living room is our retreat, and we love spending time there, playing cards and games, sharing laughter, and retelling anecdotes. It’s also one of the rooms that gets messy pretty easily (in a matter of minutes!), so I try to keep things minimal. I always declutter when I can, and having hidden storage helps a lot. I use storage ottomans for storing the things that I need, but don’t like having them displayed. They are a practical piece of furniture that helps me get rid of the clutter easily. They’re also a great decorating tool that I use to spice up my living room. Another piece of decor I absolutely adore is my rug. It’s amazing how beautiful antique rugs can elevate the look of your home, with their gorgeous patterns and mesmerizing motifs. I realized that you don’t need to have so many accessories in your living space. By simply introducing several effective decor pieces, you can boost your home’s appearance and make it look elegant and chic.
Our kitchen required some reorganizing as well, so I decided to add pullout drawers for spices. I also attached command hooks on my cabinet doors to store my pot lids and hung wire baskets over other cabinets to increase my storage space. I put some accessories here and there just to make the kitchen look more lively – I added a bouquet of my favorite flowers that I can enjoy while I drink my morning coffee with my husband and it really livened up my kitchen. And since it’s quite small, I painted the kitchen walls white to help reflect the light coming from outside, thus creating an illusion of spaciousness.
As for the bathroom, we’ve decided to use our vertical spaces to get some extra storage space. We’ve got two bathrooms, one for us and one for the kids, but we’ve always struggled to keep things in place and always lacked space for putting away our towels, cosmetic products, and toiletries. To solve this problem, we added some floating shelves and shoe holders to keep our towels and cosmetic products in place. I attached a couple of command hooks to the wall for hanging our towels to dry. I also added shower caddies to store away all the toiletries. To complete the look, I introduced several low-maintenance plants on top of floating shelves to make the bathroom look lively, and added mirrors to make it look bigger than it is.
Living in a small home has its ups and downs, but with good organization, you can make it work to your advantage. After years of thinking that bigger is better, I now understand that the square footage doesn’t matter that much. What matters is finding creative ways to turn your small home into a place you can enjoy with the people you love – and that’s all there is to it.

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