Does the space in your home keep shrinking as the needs of your family continue to grow? Finding additional space in your home for your expanding family can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five tips to help you maximize your space.

Do a House-Wide Purge

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If you haven’t used it in a year, chances are you probably don’t need it. Get rid of anything you don’t need by donating those items to charity or hosting a garage sale. According to a study conducted by The Demand Institute, 48% of households have three or more televisions and 47% have two or more of freezers and refrigerators. If you have several of a certain item, ask yourself, “Do I really need that many”?

Discover Unexpected Space

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Now that you’ve rid your home of unnecessary items, you’ve probably discovered extra space you didn’t know you had. Your home is filled with unused crawl spaces and nooks that can offer additional storage space such as under the stairs or between the refrigerator and counter.

Optimize your closet space by storing out-of-season clothes elsewhere and using the extra space for more clothing rods. Another option for children’s rooms is to place an over-the-door organizer for your baby’s clothing and necessities.

Add a Bedroom in Less Than a Week

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Have a den, finished attic or bonus room? Transform it into a bedroom by adding a closet, bed and some decor. According to Bankrate.com, homeowners can add a custom closet system and drywall it in for less than $1,500.

Think Vertical

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Increase your space with wall-to-ceiling shelving, bunkbeds or take advantage of the space above kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. To make the best use of high storage spaces, place items you may only need sporadically at a higher level, while leaving everyday items within arm’s reach. If an area of your home features higher ceilings, try adding a loft to free up floor space and provide privacy in shared rooms.

Don’t Forget About Functionality

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You might be able to fit a lot of things in that storage cabinet, but it doesn’t mean you should. The key to maximizing your space is organization and knowing what you need to access on a daily basis. Make storage more practical by placing additional shelves in cabinets and labeling baskets and bins.

If you find you still need more space, remodeling or purchasing another home may be other options to consider. Use the Castle & Cooke Mortgage calculator to discover how much more home you could afford, or contact one of our loan officers to discuss your financing options.