There are a number of ways in which you can downsize after retirement, one of which is transitioning to a smaller space. This provides various benefits such as making cleaning faster while reducing expenses. Below are some recommendations for maximizing small spaces after you’ve retired.
Expand Counter Space
Making modifications to your kitchen sink is one of the best ways to conserve counter space. An example of this is over-the-sink style drying racks which will allow you to clear up the counter so you can have more space for meal preparation. There are also over-the-sink style cutting boards that can be used to both rinse and chop up food while cooking.
Install Multipurpose Furniture
One of the best ways to make more efficient usage of smaller spaces is to get rid of unnecessary furniture. This can be accomplished without sacrificing functionality by using furniture which has multiple purposes. For instance, some beds have built-in drawers and bookcases that can double as headboards and shelves. You can also purchase end tables that can also work as desks and ottomans that include storage space.
Conserve Closet Space
There are a number of ways in which you can conserve closet space. One example of this is using layered hangers, as they will enable you to drape numerous clothing items on a single hanger. This also means that the clothes can be vertically stored which will ensure they’re always wrinkle-free.
If you’d like to make your space appear taller rather than wider, you’ll want to make some changes to your wall space. Start at the floor and then work your way up to the ceiling. You can install things like curtains that are full-length, along with artwork positioned high on the walls which will create an illusion of greater height. These vertical rules apply to shelves as well. Installing taller shelves will not just lengthen the space but will also reduce the need for things such as end tables or other furniture, which clears up the floor space while opening up the room.
Decorate Using Mirrors
When placed on walls, mirrors will make rooms appear bigger than they actually are. In fact, when positioned strategically, they will reflect areas that are the most attractive, such as statement chandeliers and windows that have views.
Don’t Forget About Your Bathroom
For those that are having difficulty identifying space for toiletries or linens, a shelf that is positioned above the toilet is a great option. There are models which come with all sorts of features and when placed above the commode you will be within convenient reach of toiletries, linens, and other bathroom necessities.
Mount Televisions, Electronics, and Screens
Old fashioned entertainment centers can take up a ton of space, which is the exact opposite of what you want. Instead, you want to mount televisions and screens along walls, which will free up space while making your home look more modern and less cluttered. You can also mount shelves on the walls to hold electronics; these shelves should have openings in the back or along the sides to run the cables through.