How to Make the Most of Your Space
If you’re like most people during this era of social distancing, your home has likely become the epicenter of your life.
Instead of dining out, seeing movies, or going to an office, you may suddenly find yourself doing all of your daily activities at home.
And, if you have a partner or school-age children at home, things might be starting to feel a lot more crowded.
So, how do you keep your sanity and make sure you’ve got plenty of room to do what you need to do?
Here are 4 tips to section different areas in your home to accomplish everything on your to-do list.
- Optimize Your Kitchen and Dining Area
Depending on the size of your kitchen or dining room, you can create a lot of different spaces here!
For example, if you have a lot of floor space and some spare cabinets or shelves, that area can become a playroom for the kiddos.
A dining room table can also function as a homework station or a makeshift office. This allows you to keep school and professional work out of the bedroom and in a space that’s more appropriate for focus.
- Get Creative with Outdoor Spaces
If you have a yard, consider turning it into an outdoor office or exercise area. Getting sunshine and Vitamin D is essential to a healthy immune system. And, now that the weather is warming up, this is a great time to be outside!
A garage is another space that can be repurposed. Again, it can function as an office, gym, playroom, or makeshift school.
- Section Your Living Room
The living room tends to be where we spend the most time. It’s got the television, comfy couches and tends to be the largest room in the house.
Use the size of this room to your advantage and create different sections. For example, the couch can be your lounging and entertainment zone.
Be careful not to spend too much time being a couch potato, though. Add other designated activity areas. For example, you could repurpose your coffee table into an activity hub for puzzles, hobbies, crafts, etc.
If you’ve got a spare corner, put an exercise mat on the floor and designate that area as your workout zone.
Consider physically partitioning the room with a folding screen or another type of room divider. These work to divide a room into separate entities, but since they’re lightweight and portable, you can fold them up and put them away when not in use. Use one side of the room for work, and the other side for play. The possibilities are endless!
To ensure success and stay focused, clear any clutter. When you’re using one room for multiple purposes, it can easily feel crowded. Plus, these multi-function rooms are bound to have a lot more stuff! Make a concerted effort to put everything away when you’re done using it so that you can move on to your next activity without being distracted.
- Transform Your Bedroom into a Sanctuary
We typically don’t recommend using your bedroom for anything other than sleep and intimate activity, but desperate times call for desperate measures.
While it’s still a good idea to avoid turning your bedroom into a makeshift gym or an office, you can still create sections in your bedroom for other relaxing activities.
A prime example is to create a reading nook by adding a comfy armchair, blanket, and a side table.
Another idea is to create a stretching or meditation space. You can put cushions on the floor or a yoga mat. Add stretching or meditation to your daily routine either right before bed or as soon as you wake up and see how your whole outlook changes!
You can also use a room divider to make your bedroom feel like two separate spaces. This is ideal if you must work in your bedroom, but you don’t want it to adversely affect your sleep. You could create a sewing nook, a painting station, or anything your heart desires.Have you sectioned off different areas in any of your rooms? Let us know in the comments!