We spend a lot of time focusing on the aesthetics of our home. This isn’t all too surprising. At the end of the day, many of us are pretty aesthetic beings. We care about how things look and we want our homes, in particular, to reflect our individual tastes, interests and style. Whether that’s just to create a space that we feel completely comfortable in, or to make sure that our space speaks volumes about us for friends and family when they come over. You can take time to mull over everything from colour palette to lighting, furniture, art and more. But when’s the last time that you thought about your home’s functionality? Sure, you’re going to want to make sure that your home looks good. But perhaps even more important when it comes to home design is ensuring that your home works for you too. This is a space where you’re going to complete endless routine, day to day tasks and having a functional home can make all of this a million times easier. So, here are some ideas that can help you on this journey.
Every home is also going to need repair work carried out every once in a while. This is just part and parcel of being a space that you use a lot. It’s inevitably going to experience wear and tear. Just don’t make the mistake of ignoring minor repairs and sweeping them under the carpet. All that will happen is they’ll worsen and prove more costly to repair down the line. Depending on the issue, you may even find that repairs can have a knock on impact and damage other areas of your home. For example, a leaky tap could eventually lead to flooding, damaging your flooring too. Contact the relevant professional – whether that’s a plumber, electrician, residential roofing specialists or anyone else – and get things resolved as soon as possible.
First, let’s consider storage. Most of us have things. You can declutter all you like – sifting through your belongings, deciding which you don’t actually want or need and taking some time to sell them, donate them to charity, give them to friends or family or even recycle them. But at the end of the day, you’re still going to be left with a bunch of belongings that you do actually want to keep your hands on or that you do use a on a pretty regular basis. Storage is essential when it comes to making sure that these items have a place to go, where they can be easily accessible and where they won’t create a sense of mess or clutter. Of course, the best storage solution for your needs will depend entirely on what it is that you have to store. You may find that shelves are ideal for books or in the kitchen for jars and boxes of food. Toy chests are great for kids or pet’s toys and games. Bookcases are ideal for books and magazines. Underbed storage can be useful for a variety of bedding, blankets and even appliances such as hairdryers and hairstyling products. Shoe storage racks can give your shoes a place to go without you tripping over them in the hallway.
Hopefully, these starter steps will guide you on a journey to making your home a truly functional space!