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Room to spare

Giving new life to unused space in your home

With the ever-growing global movement against clutter, it is refreshing to hear of homeowners realizing extra space where there used to be none. Still, a spare room can easily be forgotten, as people get so used to the idea of having all rooms occupied. Reincarnating a newly vacated room might actually be a daunting, intimidating prospect. Changing how a room looks or even its purpose can prove difficult.

But like a fresh canvas, a spare room opens many possibilities. Dealing with it increases the function of your home and livens it up to you and your family’s advantage. Here are some ways you can give it a new vibe:

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1. Happy inheritance.

You can have younger members of the family who previously shared rooms occupy the space! If you realized the new space because someone moved out, talk about the plan with family members to effect a smooth transition. Younger siblings surely must have dreamt of having their own room like Ate or Kuya. Once the deal is reached, transforming the room with its new occupant will be your next happy project!

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2. Be pampered at home.

Enjoy your beauty services in a room dedicated to it. You can have your massage, haircut, manicure, and pedicure in a nook that is tranquil and conducive. Imagine having a facial at home where you can choose the music in the background. Instead of heading to the mall, you get to be in a relaxed space of your own.

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3. Tearin’ up a part.

Eyeing to break down a wall to make a room bigger? Go for it! It is probably something you have long contemplated on. Add a bathroom to your master bedroom; gift yourself with a walk-in closet. If the recently vacated room is near your kitchen or dining room, giving it added space will invite more natural light and fresh air.

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4. Grandkids rule!

Sunday and holiday get-togethers usually allow grandparents to spoil the grandchildren all the more. A play area can be made out of a spare room. Having one will help ensure a space safe to play in. As an added benefit, all toys and activities can be centered in one place, making the cleaning up easier after playtime.

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5. Room with a view.

You’ve always enjoyed your cup of coffee in your dining area or downstairs. Why not convert a room into a lounge? You can enjoy reading, indulging in your hobby, or even taking a nap in this space. This room can also accommodate guests or even its former occupant when they stay for a few days.

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6. One for collections.

Some family homes have trophy rooms or libraries – special places in the house to celebrate achievements or common interests. Your unused space can finally house memorabilia of what you are most proud of. Invest in shelves to display your travel photos, books, or maybe your movie collection against a wall made perfect with the television set of your dreams!

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7. Play that music.

You have a piano in the living room? Guitars? Why not designate a music room? Aside from encouraging the cultivation of musical talent and genius, the entire household will surely delight in this.