Samuel Johnson once said "when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life". In fact, the same could be said for all big cities. With a quick commute, easy access to major transport links and vibrant arts and culture right at your fingertips, living in a bustling metropolis can be challenging, fascinating and invigorating all at once. Unfortunately, a citycentre home sometimes comes with a compromise on space. Luckily there are a few easy steps you can follow to help make the most of the space you have and keep your busy life clutterfree.
The key to any wellorganised space is picking versatile furnishings. Think stools and pouffes that have storage inside, or a coffee table with a liftoff lid. The window seat is the holy grail, as there's plenty of storage space inside but it's neatly built in, so takes up barely any floor space. For your bathroom, a heated towel rail is a storage and drying solution in one. Hanging your pots and pans in the kitchen adds a decorative touch while keeping things tidy – ideal for narrow cooking spaces where there's not much room to manoeuvre.
If you've got it, use it
Plenty of homes have hidden nooks and corners that are overlooked or underutilised. An unused fireplace, for example, is a great space to store items or create an elegant display to impress guests. The space inside a shower is also often underestimated, consider using it to store cosmetics in stylish wallmounted trays. A tiny windowsill shouldn't be overlooked either – it can double as a bookshelf or storage for herbs and spices.
Avoid floor clutter by maximising the wall space you have available. Opt for a whole wall shelving unit, and paint it all one colour to make it seem like part of the room, creating the illusion of additional space. Alternatively, use that often forgotten space above your headboard for extra shelving – perfect for displaying decorative items such as trinket boxes and photo frames. Another way to maximise your floor space is to introduce stools into your kitchen or dining space – they’re thinner than chairs and easy to tuck out of the way when not in use.
Throw as you go
Groceries and other deliveries often come with excess packaging. Try putting this into the recycling as soon as you open it, or better still, remove some of your food packaging while you’re at the shop, and let them take care of the waste. Minimise mess as you live by keeping a bag tucked away and filling it with items of clothing you're no longer happy with, books you've finished and gifts you'll never use. Then, once a month, have a sort through and either recycle, donate or sell the contents.
Whether you’re looking for a stylish new city-centre apartment or looking tu up-size to a larger place in the suburbs, visit Engel & Völkers or pop into your nearest shop today. Our local experts are ideally placed to find your perfect property and help you through every step of the buying process.