In every home there is the need for more space. Regardless of how small your apartment or how large your mountain estate villa is, we all seek the need for maximizing space to make our homes feel spacious and welcoming.  There are 11 rooms of your home that you spend the most time in and 11 clever ways to maximize space in every one of them. If you’ve been pondering how to fit more into your cramped bathroom cabinets or you can’t figure out how your bedroom could possibly share a desk to create a home office too, here are 11 tips to help.

1.)  Opening up your entryway:  The first area of your home that welcomes guests and sees your family off safely to school everyday should be functional and have area to maneuver quickly and efficiently. Maximize space by placing a bench or sitting area to remove shoes and place kids’ backpacks when rushing off to school. Don’t have space for a bench? Ensure you have wall mounted hooks, open shelving to place knick knacks and place a large mirror on the wall to reflect the rest of your home.

2.)  Make your kitchen easy to cook in: The kitchen is the busiest room of your entire home. For it must be functional, welcoming, and be enjoyable to cook meals, make snacks, and prep for entertaining guests. Maximize space with vertical storage shelving in your pantry, use drawer organizers for dry goods and food storage containers. Purge old food, half- eaten dry goods and install overhead pot and pan storage to free up space below you counters.

3.)  Bathroom essentials: The room you wake up first to in the morning and see late at night often has the worst storage. Your bathroom can be maximized by assessing who uses the bathroom and for what. Shared bathrooms with kids can utilize open shelving and baskets under the sink and behind the door can house small electrical beauty appliances when not in use. A shoe organizer can turn into a life-saving space saver that holds makeup, combs & brushes, jewelry and even accessories such as scarves and belts.

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