Those who have lived in a small home quickly learn many different ways of using the space available to them by changing a few things about how they use the space. This requires looking outside of the box, which is easy if you allow your mind to wander into an expanded way of thinking, and opening it to the endless possibilities that are available to you.
If you have ever watched the popular sci-fi movie, “The Matrix”, you might remember the line from the Oracle that demonstrates to Neo how to bend the spoon, saying “there is no spoon”. When it comes to allowing the mind to be inventive, it is about not looking at the limitation, but instead, like when you are watching a movie, suspend disbelief for a moment and walk down the path of what is possible.
Change Your Doors
Swap swinging doors for a curtain or doors that slide into the door frame. Keeping with the above analogy, changing your doors is a bit like changing your perception about a particular space. They are the frame with which you look at a room, and as such you don’t want the frame to be impinging on your ability to create the room how you would like to see it. So by swapping the doors for something that does not take up any space in the room you will be able to increase the amount of space you have to set up the room how you would like it to be.
Reduce Furniture and Clutter
You know that feeling when you first look at an empty house and it looks so clean and clear, with no clutter and nothing interrupting that feeling of spaciousness. Often, as humans, we have certain social conditioning that we adhere to without even realising that we are doing it. We move into that spacious looking house and fill it up with our furniture and clutter, and pretty soon that spacious feeling is gone. So instead of filling up your space with furniture, choose a few multiple use pieces that you really want to have, and leave the rest of it in the shop. You don’t need it anyway.
Raise Your House
If you have moved into a house and things have changed in your life, such as a new family member, or you have somehow acquired more ‘stuff’ than you did before, you don’t always have to move to a different house. Black and White Houseraising and Restumping can show you how to create more space by raising your house and adding another level underneath, which will give you a whole lot more room to enjoy.