To really love your home you need a stylish and functional space that reflects who you are in functionality and in design. Simply put: your home should match your lifestyle. To achieve that takes time and effort and consistent follow-through with the process. If only you’d know how to start! Read on to learn about the home improvement ideas you should implement to increase the functionality of your home, a place where it feels good to be at.
In a functional home, you need well-articulated spaces for the functions you use in your home. It may include
- storage place.
Also, you might need functions like
- sport activities
How to Increase Functionality in Your Home
1. Create Dedicated Spaces for All the Functions in Your Home
Focus on defining the space and give each room a dedicated purpose to help keep everything functional and organized. Your kitchen should be designed for cooking and eating. If it has well planned, ergonomic design your eating habits will be healthier and more nurturing, and you’ll be enjoying working there. Dedicate the living room for family time, game night, gatherings and relaxation. If you are a vivid reader create a reading nook in your home or decorate an area in the living room that expresses your love of reading. Design your bedroom for a good night’s sleep for a more effective rest. If you work from home or often take your work home with you, create a space that is separated from other areas of your home and dedicated only to working tasks to increase your productivity.
Ultimately, creating a physical space helps to create a mental space for the function you need.
However, today’s trend is very much about open plan living but you still need to ensure that you have dedicated areas in your home for the functions you need. Without walls, with an open concept, this can be done by using furniture and accessories in smart ways. Use different rugs to define two spaces like a combined sitting and dining area. Place plants in between two spaces as a divider and make sure your furniture is strategically in one area, not crossing over.
To have a highly functional home create dedicated spaces for each of your needs and activities.
2. Create Logical Layouts and a Good Flow in Your Home
Let your routine govern the space you create to have a more functional and productive home. Dedicate the functions to each room in a logical way. Kitchen and dining room next to each other, laundry room close to bedrooms, bathrooms next to bedrooms, etc. It is not always possible to change the layout as you’d like but some improvement certainly can be made by repurposing the rooms.
One of the simplest home improvement ideas you absolutely can do right and costs nothing is organizing the furniture in a way that lets the traffic flow and makes sense for each room. Keep the walkway easy to navigate and clear. You should be able to walk around without bumping into any furniture. Make a plan on how to arrange furniture that you can walk around in the room. Creating a good flow in your home is especially important if you have little ones. An open and clear walkway will ensure kids stay safe moving around in the house.
To have a highly functional home improve the layout of your home if you can, and make the traffic flow smooth.
3. Make the Most of All Available Space
In a functional home, everything has a dedicated space. It simplifies things for your family because easy access can transform all your routines and habits, starting with how you get ready for the day. It is important, that all your stuff has its own place and that they actually live in their place. Otherwise, it’s called clutter.
Use all available space to make a home functional and maximize your vertical space. This way extra storage doesn’t have to take up space. Tall bookcases in the living area, floor to ceiling cupboards in the kitchen do the job without taking away space. Door hooks, hideaway bins or multipurpose furniture help to keep things out of the way.
Vertical storage solutions give you more floor space and surface area, helping to create more flow in your home. Surface space is especially important for day to day functionality. You need in the kitchen to have a working space, in the entryway to have a drop zone and for sitting, when in the living or sitting room to put your cup of coffee or glass of wine down, and so on.
To have a highly functional home improve your vertical and horizontal storage place.
4. Declutter and Keep Your Home Clean
The fastest and easiest way to make a space functional is to declutter. This is absolutely the key place to start to save and organize your space. Once you do it, you’ll be making better use of your space, and have less to stress about. Decluttering is inexpensive, but it still requires a lot of work because you have to make sure that you’re not keeping anything you don’t need or want.
In the effort of decluttering, it can be easy to shift seasonal or occasionally used items to the garage or basement. Install effective storage and organization solutions in those places too, because your goal is not to replace the clutter from one place to the other but to get rid of it.
Clutter can pile up quickly, so, unfortunately, it is not a once-in-a-lifetime project. You have to do it, again and again, every once in a while unless you learn to keep things at bay. Have a system in place where everything is to help keep the clutter down and create rules that serve the same purpose. You can get ahead of the mess by adding stylish accessories – baskets, bins – around the house that store incoming items temporarily until finding their final place. Create a rule that for every new item an old one must go. An so on and so forth.
With decluttering cleaning comes naturally. As you clear out spots in your home, you’ll grab your cleaning kit and clean it before using the space again more accurately. Occasional deep clean and regular cleanings also make your home more attractive, more livable and more lovable. If cleaning is something you struggle with assigning a time block might help. Choose a day or two to commit to regular cleaning and plan deep cleaning ahead in your schedule. For some people, an hour every day makes the trick. Experiment what works for you best. If life changes and you need to adjust, don’t panic, just make the changes that keep your momentum.
However, sometimes decluttering and cleaning first help you decide what else you can do to improve the functionality of your home before rearranging furniture, or redefine rooms and definitely needs to be done before maximizing your storage place.
To have a functional home get rid of clutter and maintain a clean home.
5. Improve Lighting in Your Home
Lighting is very important in so many ways. The right general and accent lighting define your space and you make a space more functional by using thoughtful task lighting. A mix of all three ensures that a room is truly functional. Without proper lighting you can’t enjoy working in the kitchen, can’t read with pleasure or put up your make up. It is an often overlooked aspect of functionality but it is just as important as all the others. If your home has only general lights, install task lighting where it’s needed and decide where to put some accent lights. Find the right balance of the types of lightings even if it takes time and lots of experiments.
To have a functional home improve lighting in each room at the right spots.
6. Improve the Efficiency of Your Home
You can improve and simplify functionality in your home by making it more efficient. Consider smart-home technology for heating and air conditioning, or even for lighting. For instance, installing a smart thermostat is a great way to improve efficiency and save money. Automated lighting is also a way to increase efficiency in your home.
Other ways to improve your home’s efficiency and value include replacing old, leaky windows, buying energy-efficient home appliances and adding insulation to your home.
These home improvement ideas can cost a smaller fortune but it’s worth considering and calculate the return on the investment. Improving efficiency in your home definitely makes it more functional and increases its value.
To have a functional home improve the efficiency of your home.
7. Be ready for changes
Life happens. Mostly little things that you need to make small adjustments to adapt to, but sometimes life turns your plans upside down. In many cases it affects your home, too. There is nothing harder than being on alert all the time and continuously making changes but quite a few people live like that. Even if you’re not one of them, you still need to be ready to respond to life-changes and the changes within you, too. Maybe you have to make room for a new baby, or you quit your 9-5 grit and start working from home, so you need a dedicated workspace. Maybe you just discover a new decorating style you want to try, or just your color preferences change. Life-changes and self-changes require home-changes too. Get ready for them.
A simple idea is, for example, to get neutral with large pieces of furniture and add an accent with furnishings and decor. Choose evergreen pieces instead of design trends. This makes it easy when the season or your taste changes and you want a new look, or if you have to move and your things should fit in in a completely different house. When you purchase new accessories try to choose not for a particular spot or purpose but to be able to use them for different purposes and different places.
Multifunctionality is the name of the game here. For example, if you buy a bin for baby’s toys, repurpose it for holding your craft supplies when you don’t need baby toys anymore. Buy a storage system for kids’ toys that you can repurpose to hold their bits and pieces, too, as they get older. You get the idea.
To have a functional home leave room for changes and be flexible.
How to Finance Your Home Improvement Ideas
While some of these ideas cost nothing but time and effort, or only a small amount of money, there are projects you might have to put a bigger investment into. If you decide to go for more expensive projects, make sure to consider how you’ll pay for them before diving into it. The best way is to save up cash before starting, but there are also numerous financing options that can help you improve your home. Making some research you might find quite affordable financing options you can try. Either route should be well planned and thought out.
If you plan for the long run, it is well worth all the investment you put into your home. Your time, your effort, your money. When you spend so much of any of these, you have no choice but to love what you create. If you struggle with loving your home, try these home improvement ideas and you’ll fall in love with it all over again.