4 Things You Should Remove if a Room Feels Small

If you’re like most people, you know that selling your home requires you to make it look its best (and biggest). Prospective buyers want to envision themselves living in it, and if they can’t do that, they won’t make an offer. With that said, there are four items that can make any space feel small (even if it’s not) – and if you have any of them, you should probably take them out before people begin touring your home.

4 Things You Should Remove if a Space Feels Small

Check out the four things you should nix immediately if they’re making your space feel smaller:

  1. Food packaging that comes from the manufacturer
  2. Big pieces of furniture that don’t feature decorative embellishments
  3. Countertop appliances
  4. Moving boxes

Here’s a closer look at each.

Space-Hog #1: Food Packaging That Comes From the Manufacturer

Invest in trendy jars, canisters and boxes for your pantry – the packaging that comes from the manufacturer is big and bulky, and takes up a lot more space than you may think it does in your pantry. By putting your grocery items in your own packaging, you’re saving space and making your pantry appear roomy enough to store whatever your home’s next owner brings in.

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Space-Hog #2: Big Pieces of Furniture That Don’t Feature Decorative Embellishments

You may love that big, comfy couch – but if it’s taking up a ton of space in your living room and isn’t adding anything visually to the room, it’s got to go. The same goes for that huge armoire in your bedroom – unless it’s absolutely essential, get rid of it and replace it with something that’s both stylish and space-saving.

Space-Hog #3: Countertop Appliances

Your toaster, coffeemaker and other countertop appliances may be convenient – but they’re also taking up valuable counter space that could be used to make your kitchen appear larger. If you can, find a place for them in a cabinet or on a shelf so they’re out of the way but still easily accessible.

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Space-Hog #4: Moving Boxes

If you’re in the process of packing up your home to move, chances are you have a few (or more) moving boxes lying around. But even if they’re empty, they can make a space feel smaller – so get rid of them as soon as you can.

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What Should You Do With Your Stuff?

It’s one thing for us to tell you to remove these items from your home – but it’s another matter entirely to figure out what to do with it all. Of course, you can recycle the food packaging (Space-Hog #1)… but what about the rest?

You may want to invest in a storage unit where you can keep your items when you’re not using them. That way, you can easily retrieve them when you need them – but they won’t be taking up valuable space in your home.

Or, if you’re really trying to declutter your life, you may want to consider selling or donating some of your belongings. A yard sale is a great way to get rid of items you don’t need and make a little extra cash in the process. And if you have clothes, furniture or other items that are in good condition but you don’t need, there are several local charities that will be more than happy to take them off your hands. (Check out What to Do With Your Charitable Goods in Aspen to learn more.)

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