In today’s digital age it is even more important to create a play area which your children will adore so that they engage with it frequently. Technological devices tend to limit physical activity, but not everyone can afford a big home which has the space children need to run, play, explore and use their imaginations.
So what can you do when your space is cluttered but you need to create freedom for both yourself and your children to play?
Start by eliminating all clutter. The actual size of your home is not important, but a comprehensive declutter will make your home feel significantly bigger. Categorize your items into separate piles: ‘staying’ and ‘going’. Make decluttering a regular occurrence, especially if you’re struggling for space.
- Organise your space efficiently
Using a simple layout of furniture will allow for more accessibility and freedom of space. Try not waste space by making sure your furniture is pushed back against the walls. Consider making use of wall space to open up your floor space – things like vertical shelving can be useful. Don’t leave items lying around, allocate every item its place. Avoid doubling up on items as this can waste valuable space.
- Make use of in-house storage
Children tend to accumulate many different toys and stationery. These materials need to be available at all time if you want your children to play actively but they also need a place to be stored and out of sight. So it’s important to include space for using these items yet being able to easily pack them away.
- Get your children to venture outdoors
There are many reasons why today’s children play outside much less than those of 20 years ago, including a loss of space. Not everyone has a suitable outdoor area nearby. Consider taking your child to the local sports field or park and let them explore the natural environment – this is also a great way to engage with your child.
- Take advantage of self storage
One of the easiest ways of creating extra space is to invest in self storage. This is an extremely affordable and reliable extension of the home. Self storage units should be conveniently located and easily accessible. Make sure you find a reputable self storage facility near you that offers flexible leases and world-class security. Most of the established self storage facilities have units that are monitored 24/7 by CCTV and are individually alarmed.
Use these helpful tips to get you started in creating more space for your children to play, improving their long-term health, happiness and well-being.