(Source: Marie Kondo/Facebook)
Despite the lingering piles of snow still littering the landscape in many parts of the country, the calendar tells us that spring is just around the corner. For many people, that means spring cleaning, and no doubt many organizational efforts this year will be heavily influenced by the cultural phenomenon that is Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo and her KonMari method.
Chances are you’ve already read Kondo’s book, watched her Netflix show, or at least seen a meme or two, so no need to delve too deeply into the idea of identifying which of your precious belongings spark enough joy for you to keep them around. The real question is what to do with these items once you’ve decided that you still want them. Everything has to go somewhere, right?
We talk a lot about how our lofts beds can help solve the issue of space in your home — no matter what kind of home it is — but what does that actually look like in practice? Here are some ways that a loft bed can help you declutter and blast a bolt of joy into your life.
Store Bulky Items
The most straightforward way to take advantage of all that extra room you’ll have freed up is to house big, bulky items under your bed that would otherwise take up too much real estate in your home. Rather than trying to find a way to fit that mini fridge in a room that already has a king size bed and other more, uh, practical furniture, it can live under your loft, so you can grab a drink at your leisure without crowding yourself out of the room. Depending on where you live, it can also be a great place to set up a home base for your pets, from a dog bed to a litter box to a perch.
Extend Your Floor Plan
Do you ever wish you literally had more room? That’s what loft beds are all about! Put some seating or an entertainment center under the bed and open up all of that extra floor space to move around and live your life. Turn a bedroom into a place where you can hang out and relax, or make a studio apartment feel more like home and less like a hotel.
More Room for More Storage
Once you’ve done the heavy lifting of culling your clothes and weeding your personal library, you can go Full KonMari by moving drawers, bookcases, media stands, bins, or other types of storage furniture underneath your loft to house these joy-sparking objects. This is especially useful for people living in small urban apartments — where even a minimal amount of belongings can start to take over your life in no time — but who may not have the available space to fit any furniture that doesn’t have a very specific and pragmatic purpose. Loft beds give you the room to insert additional storage that looks clean and organized without sacrificing your ability to keep furniture or other items that you may want. If your “bedroom” is lacking sufficient closet space, you can even use the space under the bed to store your clothes in a way that is clean, organized, and easily accessible.
Set Up Shop
Are you an artist? Student? Gamer? Or do you work from home? Use your loft bed to create a makeshift workspace that doesn’t disrupt the rest of your life. Our loft beds provide plenty of room to house a canvas or a keyboard, and we even sell a desk accessory that you can affix to your bed to hold up your computer or video game consoles. It’s the ultimate example of making your space work for you.
As you can see, there are lots of ways to use a loft bed to completely reorganize your space and cut down on the clutter. Start building your bed today to find out how it can transform your space and your life.