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Multigenerational households, where multiple generations live together under one roof, offer numerous benefits, including shared responsibilities, emotional support, and cost savings. Today, there are now roughly 1.8 million multigenerational households in the UK. One challenge households commonly face is the …
Multigenerational households, where multiple generations live together under one roof, offer numerous benefits, including shared responsibilities, emotional support, and cost savings.
Today, there are now roughly 1.8 million multigenerational households in the UK. One challenge households commonly face is the management of belongings and storage space. In this blog post, we’ll explore effective storage tips for multigenerational households that can help you optimise space and maintain harmony in your home.
Open communication is key to successful storage management in multigenerational households. We’ve all had the odd squabble on the landing over not having enough storage space for our shoes, coats, and memorabilia, but keeping things light will mean you’re able to tackle your storage battle more effectively.
Start by having a family discussion to understand everyone’s storage needs and preferences. You can work together on creating a storage plan that accommodates individual belongings while considering shared spaces and common storage areas. This collaborative approach ensures fairness and avoids conflict.
Commonly, space is limited. So, optimising vertical space becomes essential. Install wall-mounted open shelving or hanging organisers to maximise storage potential. Each family member can have designated shelves or sections to store personal belongings, books, or decorative items. Utilising vertical space not only adds storage capacity but also adds aesthetic value to your home.
Implement a labelling and categorisation system to streamline storage organisation. Clearly label storage bins, boxes, or shelves with each family member’s name or initials. Categorise items by type (clothing, accessories, books, etc.) or by a family member. This method simplifies finding the files you need and ensures items are returned to their designated storage areas.
Investing in flexible furniture solutions that provide extra storage opportunities is a fantastic way to make the most out of your space. Opt for beds with built-in drawers or ottomans with hidden storage compartments. These pieces of furniture can store extra bedding, linens, or seasonal clothing, minimising the need for additional furniture and maximising space efficiency. Affordable options are available and can provide extra space that is useful to have.
For items that are used less frequently or not needed year-round, consider renting a self storage unit from Now Storage. Our secure facilities offer a variety of unit sizes to accommodate your storage needs. Items such as seasonal decorations, sports equipment, or sentimental items that are not in regular use can be safely stored off-site, freeing up valuable space in your home.
Now Storage offers the following advantages for multigenerational households:
Regularly assessing your stored items and donating what isn’t regularly used is not only great to minimise what’s needed within your home, but can help other families in your local community. Over 65% of people in the UK donated to charity in 2022 and with ever-increasing numbers, it’s something you should consider to maintain an organised living space.
As needs and preferences change over time, certain items may no longer be used or needed. Rotate stored items to ensure that frequently used belongings are easily accessible. Donate items that are in good condition but no longer serve a purpose for your household.
Living in a multigenerational household brings its own unique set of challenges, and efficient storage management is crucial for maintaining harmony and order. By keeping open communication, and following these tips, you can optimise your storage capacity and create a harmonious living environment for everyone in your household.
We understand storage needs and can provide secure and convenient storage solutions. With our help, you can enjoy a well-organised home, reduced clutter, and enhanced living spaces. Please do not hesitate to contact our friendly team or give us a call on 0800 0787 110.