How to create more usable space in your home

Tough economic times often spur periods of financial self-evaluation with a lot of thought given to money, income and possessions.

For homeowners, economic challenges suggest that it might be better to stay put and make improvements on your current house in order to enhance enjoyment while adding value for years to come.

A recent survey indicated that more than 95 percent of people see closet/storage space as either important or very important when looking for a home. Additionally, potential home buyers are serious about storage space – 53 percent want a walk-in closet in the master suite.

The recession has done more than slow the housing market. It has changed the very way we think about our home and its place in our lives. Maybe it's more accurate to say that our ideas have changed back to the way we used to think about home.

There are lots of ways to improve your home and create multi-functional solutions in small spaces.

  • Transform an unused corner of your kitchen or family room into a home office workspace that can easily be tucked away when guests visit.
  • Take a cramped closet under the stairs and transform it into wine storage.
  • Add a wall bed to a family room to accommodate overnight guests.
  • Convert your unused garage into the ultimate entertainment center.
  • Optimize your kid’s room to accommodate clothing, toys and an area for study.

Not so long ago, people looked at real estate as get-rich-quick investments, but it seems as though we are returning to our nesting roots. Our homes are again becoming a place to build value and accumulate warm memories over time. Creating comfortable spaces to reside within are paramount to enjoying our homes.

California Closets has been recognized as the leader in home organization and storage for more than three decades. The home storage solutions that California Closets offers are great ways to simplify your life and add true and lasting value to any home.

As of Feb. 28, 2012, this service provider was highly rated on Angie’s List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie’s List.

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