Have you been thinking about how you can make the rooms in your home fit for a sole purpose? A multi-purpose room can be a great way to utilise space, but it can quite easily promote clutter and mess. Having rooms without a purpose can lead to confusion and underlying stress. When I was clearing out my house – the things I found hidden away in the cupboards, oh my! Here’s how to ditch the multi-purpose room to make your home more logical.
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There are plenty of rooms that have more than one purpose, the living room for example, but there are others that should really be for one thing only. It is so easy for things to accumulate unintentionally, causing rooms to not be used for their desired purpose. I must add, when space is limited, it can be difficult to separate your space. Some rooms just have to be multi-purpose.
Growing up, my living room had to become a makeshift dining room every evening. Although we had a dining room, it was being used as a storage room. Rooms do have to adapt depending on our needs – and that is okay. Lockdown has only encouraged the rise of home offices and temporary areas to teach the children – maybe it has even changed the way we use our home. The point of all this though is to understand what we need and how to give our home a direct focus, while still suiting our needs.
The first room that we are going to think about is the bedroom. This is the only room that does not need to be a multi-purpose room. Your bedroom should only be for you to sleep in; especially if you are trying to get your sleeping pattern established and then stick to it. A cluttered bedroom can interrupt the sleeping process and can change the mindset. The purpose of a bedroom is to switch your brain off completely and relax. This can be extremely difficult to do if you are always doing things in your bedroom. You need to get your brain into the habit of knowing that when you go into your bedroom and go to bed.
To do this, you don’t want to have a TV in there. Just your bed, the storage units that you need and a couple of other items. If you do need to use screens, use the blue light filter and reduce your usage as much as possible. Other than that, everything else should be located in a different part of the house.
If you are struggling with storage, you could consider a bed with storage underneath. Alternatively, if you have space under your bed, IKEA offer storage bags to put spare clothing and bedding in. Items that are not used regularly are perfect for residing under the bed. I also have Ottoman chests at the end of my bed. Not only is it is a place to pirch during the day, but it is also great and storing additional clothing, throws, or essentials that you do not need on display. The secret of hiding things is a simple way to give your room a purpose, as well as holding the items you need not so often.
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The next thing that you should think about is a nursery. If you are going to be having a baby soon, then you need to prepare for this. You need to have everything ready including the nursery furniture, the changing table, the diaper bin and whatever else you are going to include. The nursery is the space that you have dedicated in your home to your baby, so nothing else should be in here other than this stuff. There are a number of great places that you can get nursery items, so we recommend that you shop around a bit before you make a decision on whatever you’re going to choose.
It is so easy to use a child’s room as an extra place to dump stuff. I have always considered using a future nursery as an office. However, as the child grows up, the extra space you have allocated will not be as useful. Children need (and want space), so using their space as a multi-purpose room is not ideal. Ditch the habit, and get savvy with the way you use rooms while keeping children’s bedrooms and nurseries as they are. You could consider inserting a desk that is integrated into the bed – while using it while the child is in school. This allows for the extra office space, but allows for the desk to become a feature that looks like an “add-on”.
Finally, the kitchen is the space for you to cook in, nothing else. As such, it can be filled with food and cooking utensils. Unless you don’t have a dining room, eating in your kitchen shouldn’t be something that you do. It becomes too crowded and cluttered, and the kitchen can get super hot when a tasty meal is being prepared. Try to ensure that you aren’t putting too much in your kitchen, as this is only going to add to the amount of heat.
Try to find multi-purpose items that reduce the number of items you have, and stick to cooking utensils only. A kitchen does not need many decorative items – rather functional items. Move away from over decorating a kitchen which detracts from its purpose. As great as notice boards and children’s artwork are in a home, consider whether the kitchen is the place for it. You do not want anything getting damaged with food stains and steam. If you have a utility room, use it for its full purpose, rather than filling your kitchen with cleaning products. After all, you never want bleach near your food!
We hope that you have found this article helpful, and now see some of the rooms in your home that you could be creating for a sole purpose. Multi-purpose rooms are not the enemy, but you can find ways to keep order within your home. It’s not as difficult as it might appear at first, so if you stick with it, we’re sure that you are going to get the results that you are looking for. We wish you the best of luck.