For many families first starting out, a small home is the best option for affordability. They tend to come with lower maintenance costs, utility bills, property taxes, and mortgages. As the family grows, however, living quarters become increasingly cramped. That doesn't mean it's entirely unmanageable though. Here are some suggestions you might find useful for managing a growing family in a small home.
Look Into Upgrading
Depending on your situation, upgrading to a bigger home might be a good option for you. Sometimes you just need a bit more space to spread out for the sake of preserving some family harmony. If you live in an area with a strong housing market, you might be able to find a larger home in an area with a less expensive market for a similar price, which can help offset the expense of living in a larger home. On the other hand, upgrading your living conditions might consist of remodeling your home. If you have the space on your property, you might consider adding additional rooms on to your home. Figuring out how much your addition will cost you will depend on a variety of factors, so make sure you look into everything before moving forward.
Of course, your situation may be such that moving to a new house or adding on to your current house may not be the best option for you. One of the concerns many homeowners have is that there are enough bedrooms to accommodate their family. If you have a growing family in a small house, there's a good chance you're going to have to rearrange the bedrooms at some point. This could be as simple as replacing single twin beds with bunk beds that accommodate more children but use up the same amount of horizontal space as a regular bed. If you have different sized bedrooms and a different number of boys and girls, consider giving the largest one to the larger of the two groups.
Get Rid of Old Junk
Most people have a tendency to accumulate a lot of junk over the years. This can be a problem if you live in a small house and have a growing family. If you find your belongings are making your home feel crowded, it's probably time to go through them and get rid of things you no longer need. You might try sorting your belongings to start. Throw out any garbage. Consider hosting a yard sale to get rid of items that are in decent condition. This way you can make some money while clearing out space in your home. You may be able to donate whatever's left to local charities. Just be sure you understand what things they can and cannot accept before dropping them off. You can even rent a dumpster for things that are broken that aren’t worth donating or saving.
Add Storage Space
Storage space is another common concern people have when living in a smaller home, whether or not their family is growing. If it is, that tends to put even greater demands on available space. Lots of people use their garages as additional storage. If you don't have a garage, consider adding one if your property allows you to. You could build one onto your house on site, or you could have a prefabricated garage built and transported to your house. Some people have concerns about the stability of prefab garages, but those concerns are generally unnecessary. Offsite prefab garages aren't less stable than onsite garages. They have to be stable to withstand the transportation and delivery process. You can rest assured that it should be stable enough for your needs if you choose this route.
Get Creative with Closets
Small houses tend to have smaller closets. For a growing family, that might mean you need to get a bit creative with how you make the most of your closet space. One of the keys to making the most of your closet space is to think about ways you can use the available vertical space. You might add extra storage space to closets by using hanging organizers. Adding another bar you can use to hang clothing is another option to make the most of space. If you have shelves or drawers you use to store clothing, learn space saving ways to fold clothing.
If you've already reorganized bedrooms and still need more sleeping space, consider repurposing other rooms into bedrooms. If you have a room you use as an office, you might consider downsizing your office to a corner of the living room and turning that room into an additional bedroom. Alternatively, you can get creative with less conventional sleeping areas. For example, you might partition off an area of another room to be used as a sleeping area. If you choose to do that, carefully consider what room you'll use, who will be using it, and how the rest of that space will be used at which times. It doesn't do much good to assign someone a new sleeping area if the adjoining area is noisy while that person is trying to sleep.
Spend Time Outside
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to manage living in a small home with a growing family is to spend ample amounts of time outside. Spending time outside has multiple benefits, in addition to helping you not feel so cramped in your own home. You might enjoy playing sports outside as a family, doing some gardening, or taking a walk to a nearby park to play. It can be a good chance to get some much needed alone time. Those health benefits you gain from being outside can help you start to feel better in no time.
If you're the homeowner of a small house with a growing family, it isn't news to you that close quarters can be difficult to deal with at times. Fortunately, there are things you can do to make it more manageable. Try out some of these suggestions and see if they make a positive difference in your living situation. You may find yourself falling in love with your small home all over again.
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