Minimalism is a growing trend, encouraging countless people to simplify their lives and get rid of unneccesary belongings. Although achieving minimalism is a great aspiration, small space living can often present several ‘space’ challenges. As a striving minimalist, it’s important to find effective and efficient solutions to maximise your home space.

The following tips will help you get creative and make the most out of your small space.


Decluttering a room has the potential to completely transform the area and is one of the best ways to maximise space in your home. The process of decluttering should be the starting point when trying to create a spacious atmosphere in your home. Go through your home room by room and assess your belongings, separating the items that serve a purpose from those that don’t. It is important to designate a specific place for each item that you choose to keep.

Often, people tend to get lazy and throw down their belongings at the nearest point of relief with the empty intention to pack it away later. Make every effort to pack your belongings away in the correct place after use. By eliminating all areas of clutter, you are able to create extra space in your home.

Rent a self storage unit

After decluttering, what do you do with items that still have no space in your home? Self storage is on the rise and many households are taking advantage of convenient and accessible self storage facilities as an extension to their home. Self storage provides a cost-effective solution to storing belongings that take up space in your home, but still serve a purpose. Examples of such items are seasonal clothes and specialised hobby equipment.

Self storage allows homeowners to effectively manage smaller spaces. These facilities offer a variety of different shapes and sizes to best suit your requirements while offering accessibility, security and well-trained staff to assist with your storage needs.

Focus on vertical lines

Vertical lines create an illusion of height and space. An easy and effective way to achieve this illusion is to introduce vertical shelves in the home. For example, vertical shelves can serve as a room divider to separate the kitchen from the dining area. They are also a great way to tame clutter and neatly store certain belongings.

Customise your furniture

Your choice furniture plays a large role in the amount of space in your home. When choosing furniture, be sure to choose quality over quantity. Imagine how you would like the inside of your home to look like and choose your furniture accordingly. As a guideline, larger furniture should be the focal point of your home so take size into consideration if you wish to create a sense of space. A handy tip is to choose furniture that can double up to be used as storage, such as a coffee table with drawers underneath.

These are just a few practical ways to make the most out of small spaces and discover the true benefits of living a minimalist life.

Sandra Morris writes for leading UK self storage company Storage King, offering insight and tips into home improvement and how best to leverage property value, specifically for first-time buyers. A writer by day and a reader by night, Sandra is passionate about sharing her property and self storage knowledge to making a positive contribution to people’s homes and their investment returns.

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