Elegant Solutions for When Your Home is Losing the Battle For Space

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You love your home… but it would be great if there were just a little more of it. Of course, you understand that space comes at a premium, and if you want to be able to live in a highly desirable location like yours, every inch of available space is worth paying for. Still, making the most of your space is tricky when you only have so much to go around. Even a relatively simple decision like buying a new sofa can lead to repeat trips to the shop, measuring, trial, error and rethinking the entire topography of your living room to accommodate your new chaise. 

 

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Nonetheless, the importance of empty space in the home cannot be overestimated. It is your most powerful weapon in the battle against clutter and all the negative psychological effects that come with it. If you feel as though your home is losing the battle for space here are some elegant solutions to help you find more…

Get in touch with an architect

While we’ll mostly be looking at making the most of your available space, an architect can literally help you to create more usable space, with elegant solutions like a Side Return Extension. Not only can this add more space, it can also help to increase the amount of natural light coming into your home. This in turn can help your living space look brighter and more spacious.

 

Invest in smarter storage

If your kitchen countertops are piled high with ingredients, groceries and cooking utensils, it can make something as simple as making a plate of beans on toast feel like a chore. Invest in storage solutions that allow you to store more in your available space while also providing quicker and easier access. Whether for your kitchen or your wardrobes, it’s a great way of keeping essential belongings from impinging on your living space. 

 

Make better use of available vertical space

We tend to neglect the space that’s either above or below eye level, but this can also help to improve the availability of walking and living space without contributing to the problem of clutter or diminishing the flow of a room. 

Whether you’re investing in taller bookshelves, displaying more wall art vertically or using more ottomans and footlockers to take advantage of storage space below eye level, there are lots of ways in which you can maximise your vertical space to give you more room in which to live, relax and play. 

 

Rethink the layout of your furniture

And finally… Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to gut your home and clear out all its furniture to make it look and feel more spacious. In fact, furniture can even help it to look more spacious. It’s simply a matter of where and how you display it. Try to hug the walls with furniture, but don’t be afraid to let are wall shine through here and then. Make sure that there is walking space around large items to ensure that they help the room to retain its sense of flow.

What do you think of these elegant solutions for when your home is losing the battle for space?

Dining in China Town Manchester Trafford Centre

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We live just outside Manchester and we do visit the buzzing city regularly. I had the opportunity to dine in China Town Manchester Trafford Centre just before Christmas, and we made the most of it. We love visiting Manchester Trafford Centre as it is filled with lots of great shops and restaurants.  There is also a play centre for kids and a cinema, so there’s a lot to do in Manchester Trafford Centre, which is why we like to pop in every now and again. I like the fact that it is all in 1 building so I don’t have to deal with the miserable weather. Also, there is a free car parking with thousands of spaces, which is another reason why this is one of our favourite spots in Manchester.

 

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In the past, we have had many staycations in Manchester and it is always fun in the city. We usually go for serviced apartments Manchester, and that makes our holiday even more fun. Staying in serviced apartments as a family is a lot more convenient sometimes than staying in a regular hotel. There is usually more space and more family friendly facilities available in a serviced apartment than you would have in a regular hotel room.

Dining in China Town Manchester Trafford Centre

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We all love Chinese food, so on the day, we went straight to China Town in Trafford Centre Manchester. After browsing the many restaurants, we decided to dine in Yang Sing Cathy Restaurant. It was a good decision. We have dined in the restaurant many times over the years and knew what to expect already. I liked the table we got at the restaurant. It wasn’t too busy when we got there, which is how I like it. The twins can be handful sometimes, so the quieter the restaurant, the better for us.

The food was tasty and well cooked as usual. I really enjoyed the starters and the main course. The kiddies enjoyed their dish as well and the service was good.

 

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We had a great time dining at Yang Sing Cathy and we are looking forward to popping in for dinner or lunch again. The food is always so delicious. You can have a look at some of the tasty food we enjoyed –

 

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After having our dinner, we decided to explore the centre a bit more. Christmas was in full swing when we went so the shops were super busy. It was fun watching everyone and taking in the lovely Christmas decorations.

 

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Have you visited China Town Manchester Trafford Centre? What are your thoughts?

*The spending money was gifted by Hotels.com, but all views are my own.

Give to those who have nothing this Christmas with Solace Women’s Aid

This year has been an odd year for me. There has been a lot of ups and downs, but the downs have been a bit more than normal for some weird reason. I am glad the year is almost over. I am looking forward to the Christmas break and starting 2020 from a clean slate. It is so easy to get carried away this season with feeling Christmassy. There are presents to buy and wrap, decorations to put up and shopping to do, it can be too easy to stay focused on ourselves and what we need.

 

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Give to those who have nothing this Christmas

This year and going forward, I am doing it differently. I am giving the little I have to those who have nothing this Christmas. It is surprising to know how many people go without day after day in one of the richest countries in the world. Homelessness is rising day after day, women and children are fleeing their homes due to domestic violence. These people have nothing this Christmas. Imagine if we all gave the little we had to a charity of our choice. That would put smiles on so many faces.

Solace Womens Aid

The charity of my choice this Christmas is Solace Womens Aid (and this is not an ad). The charity focuses on supporting women and children fleeing domestic abuse in London. I have no ties with this charity. I just think they are doing a great job and I felt like supporting the team through a donation and a blog post. Domestic violence is a major issue for the most vulnerable in the society and it breaks my heart to hear about women and children being forced to leave their home and belongings to be away from male abuse. These women and children usually leave with little or nothing, to start all over again. The fear of the unknown means many women would rather stay in abusive environments than seek refuge elsewhere. Which is why charities like Solace Womens Aid is amazing and your donations can help them do more.

 

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Every month, I plan to donate to a new charity and share a blog post about the charity as well. I hope we all have an amazing time getting ready for the big day this month, and remember those who have nothing this season.

Thanks for reading and donating. Have a great week.

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