Creating space for guests in your home

For most of us, it's wonderful when we have guests come and stay at out our homes for a visit. However, for many of us, it's not always a convenient situation and can be frustrating trying to make room where we don't see any. Using a spare bedroom as a self storage space is all too common, and when you actually need to use that room as a bedroom, suddenly there's nowhere to put all the stuff you've shoved in there. Guests want to feel welcome when they come and not feel in the way or like they're inconveniencing you. Here are some suggestions to create some extra space when they do come.

Store coffee tables and side tables.

Store any small tables that take up space more than they are actually useful to allow plenty of space to walk and move around. if you don't have space in your attic, garage, or elsewhere to do so, and you don't already have a self storage unit somewhere, consider using a valet storage service that will come pick them up and return them when you're ready.

Consider storing other large items.

Pianos and other instruments (especially drum sets) take up a lot of space. So can toys, sports equipment, and other items that you may not need during the visit. If you won't need them while your guests are staying and the items are taking up space, consider storing them. In addition to self storage and valet storage, a portable storage solution could be very convenient for you.

Clear counter space.

If you normally keep a full pantry of food for your family, it's likely you'll need even more on hand for your guests. Put away your kids' lunch containers, homework, extra appliances, or anything else that might free up counter space to hold some of that extra food.

Bring chairs out of storage.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may need some extra seating options for your guests while they're staying with you. If you have chairs that you keep in storage, get them out and use them where you've removed small tables or any other items discussed previously that allow for this. There's nothing worse than not having enough seating when you want to just visit and enjoy each others' company.

Make extra outdoor space.

Sometimes your house itself just doesn't allow for much more room no matter how hard you try. If you have a patio, deck, or other outdoor space that will serve the same purpose (assuming the weather is accommodating), make more sitting space there. This might mean bringing patio furniture out from storage or even borrowing some from family, friends, or neighbors. After all, there's nothing like enjoying time together outside when the weather is nice anyway. Get away from the TV and listen to each other. 

Cleaning out a drawer or two.

No one likes living out of a suitcase, so clear out a drawer or two to allow them space for their stuff while they're with you. You can just place the stuff from the drawers in some storage containers and either hide them away somewhere or put them in a storage unit. (under the bed might be a good option).

Published on: Mon, 15 Jul, 2019

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