As the Riverside County real estate landscape changes over the years,
buyers, sellers, and homeowners have started doing more with less house.
Here are a few simple tips for getting the most out of your humble

Use walls and ceilings.

Optimize your floor space by getting as many things as possible off
of it. Hang your bicycle from the wall or ceiling. Install shelves for
books and other items over doorways and, if possible, in walls
themselves. Use the space above your kitchen cabinets for unused
appliances, empty boxes, and china sets. Take advantage of corners,
which are underused and provide a lot of storage space if used properly.

Brighten things up.

The more light you let into a room, the more spacious it will appear.
If you have access to natural light, take advantage of it with sheer
window curtains. If not, be sure each room is well-lit with lamps,
chandeliers, and sconces. When it comes to paint, darker shades tend to
impose on space. Instead, opt for lighter, softer shades, using bright
colors sparingly as accents.

Use multi-function furniture.

Instead of that big wooden coffee table and bold, angular couch, opt
instead for chests, sleeper sofas, ottomans and benches with interior
storage space, etc. Use collapsible, or nested end-tables that can be
folded or tucked away when necessary. Stick with vertical bookcases and
push larger furniture pieces against the wall to avoid breaking up open

Take advantage of the outdoors.

Keep your lawn trimmed and your flowerbeds neat to avoid feeling
crowded out by overgrown landscaping. Expand patios and hardscapes or
install a grill to extend your kitchen and dining areas. Relieve the
congestion in your garage with a tool shed or sheltered area for
recreation equipment.

Not sure how to get even more out of your small living space? It
may be time to consider upgrading to a larger home. Before you consider
selling, check out our
Quick Tips for Staging Your Home
for information on how to enhance your home’s aesthetics. This may not
increase functionality but could help to raise your level of comfort and

Reach out to your Riverside County realty specialist for more tips, tricks, and real estate advice.