Home is the most important place in the world- regardless of what your goals are and what you do in your day to day life, you need a comfortable and relaxing space to retire to at the end of each day. There are so many functions that are homes need to provide, so a practical and functional space is key. If yours is a little cluttered, chaotic or just isn’t working for you, here’s where you can make some changes.
Rejig the layout
One of the ways you can tailor your home to suit your life is by changing the layout of the internal walls. The current setup you might have might not work for you at all, particularly if you have an older home. Many older properties were built with small kitchens and large living/ dining spaces because that reflected the way people used to entertain and use their home in times gone by. The kitchen was actually seen as a kind of ‘backstage’ area to be used by the host, and then the family or guests would be served separately. These days, we’re all about gorgeous, large kitchens and open plan living. The style of entertaining is much more relaxed, and a more open layout creates feelings of space and allows the light to bounce around. It’s not just a case of ripping down internal walls because some of these may be supporting walls, you’ll need to get professional advice to find out what you can and can’t do. Professionals like Puckett Electric, plumbers, tilers, plasterers and other tradespeople will also need to be utilized for the best finish- but a better living space is always worth it. Moving walls (or extending) to create a bigger kitchen and more open plan living space will suit modern living, and can also add value to your home. You could consider adding or removing walls upstairs to change the bedrooms depending on your needs. Make your home fit you, instead of adapting your lifestyle to fit your home.
Switch up the floor coverings
A practical home is one that’s easy to keep clean, and one way you can achieve this is by laying the right kind of flooring. Carpets downstairs, for example, are likely to cause issues if you have guests, pets, kids traipsing in and out on a regular basis. A ‘no shoes’ rule can be difficult to enforce when you have people like workmen coming in to make repairs to your home, and sometimes it can be awkward to have to ask guests. Pets and kids will almost certainly find a way to put stains on the carpet no matter how hard you try. Rip it out and replace with wooden or laminate floors, tiles or natural stone floors instead. These can look beautiful and are long-lasting and easy to clean. You can always put down rugs to make it cozier and add comfort. Shaggy rugs can be bought cheaply on places like eBay, they hide marks and stains well and can just be replaced when they wear out. Far cheaper and easier than replacing entire carpets. No worries about muddy feet, pet accidents, food or drink spills or anything else as you can get it all up in seconds with a mop or a cloth.
Invest in smart home products
Smart home has really taken off in the last year or so, and there are some fantastic products on the market now that can really make your life much easier. Smart bulbs and sockets, for example, allow you to program lights, lamps or appliances to come on at certain times (great when you’re on holiday). Alternatively, they can be turned on and off using your phone from anywhere in the world. Perfect prevention against burglars while you’re away. Lights, sockets and other compatible devices can also be turned on and off using a voice-activated speaker such as Amazon’s Echo or Google Home. When you’re coming in in the evening with your hands full with grocery bags, a pram or anything else- it’s so easy to ask your device to turn on the light, the lamp, the kettle or whatever you choose. Smart products include things like video doorbells, CCTV and much more. It gives you a lot more control over the security of your home and can also just make everything far more convenient.
Find the right storage
Things can get cluttered and messy at home simply because everything you own doesn’t have a proper place. This means that when you come to tidy up, they get thrown in cupboards or drawers or left in piles which can quickly get out of hand. One of the best things you can do when it comes to making your home easier to clean and tidy and reducing stress levels is to find the right storage. Built in wardrobes are a good option in most bedrooms, these are fitted from floor to ceiling to utilize much more space than normal furniture. They can be made as deep or shallow as you like, and can even be fitted around nooks and crannies such as sloping ceilings or chimney breasts making great use of the space in the room. Buy storage bins, baskets and drawer dividers to help keep things separate and organized, that when you come to get something or put it away you know exactly where to look. Before buying storage it’s a good idea to declutter, get rid of anything you no longer need so you can see exactly what kinds of things you have and what you need to store and organize. This can help you to make the best decisions about what kind of things you need to invest in to store it all.
A home that’s practical and functional will allow you to keep it clean and tidy easier, and also utilize the space in the best way.
What steps have you taken to make your home more functional?