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Free Up Some Additional Space
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement


Has your house become a one giant accumulation of clutter? It is very common for homeowners to gradually collect a lot of belongings and clutter over the years. It becomes an issue when you fail to get rid of the things that you no longer use or need. Suddenly you begin to notice that every hidden corner of your house is crammed with “stuff!”

The good news is that there are many ways to tackle the nuisance of clutter, however, some are more expensive then others. Some adjustments may require you to remodel a room, build an attachment, or make other difficult changes. Other adjustments are simple, less expensive, and can be done without the help of a professional. As you can see there are easy, cheap, difficult and expensive ways to create more space. It all depends on what works best with your budget and your living situation.

It is natural to feel overwhelmed by the challenge of organizing clutter. It is especially difficult when the pile seems never ending. The best way to approach this task is to categorize your belongings. Clear everything out bit by bit and put it into piles of relevance. You'll quickly find that most of the stuff you have accumulated over the years just doesn't seem to have a purpose or meaning at all. This “stuff” will be the first to go. You'll be amazed at how much space can be created by a simple sweep through.

Once you have decided on what it staying and what is going, it is often a good idea to invest in storage enhancements. Using the storage space you currently have and utilizing it efficiently with simple enhancements can make your living space more organized, practical and spacious. Storage enhancers include under sink organizers, cabinet organizers, closet organizers, pull out trays, sliding baskets, and pull out shelves. Any local handyman can assist you in assembling these helpful storage units.

If you are still short of space, you may need to consider tackling a task a little bit larger then cleaning and organizing. Remodeling your attic and or basement is a wonderful way to enhance your living conditions and make more storage room. Attics can be given new flooring and lighting to enable shelving units for storage. Basements can also be made more effectively by installing shelving, enhancing the lighting and creating additional closet space.

Last but not least, you can create plenty of new space by adding an addition to your home. This, of course, is the most expensive route, but there is no doubt that more room will be created. Most additions will require that an architect or carpenter be hired to help with the design and construction.

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