7 Ways to Utilize an Extra Room at Home

Musician's room interior with drum set, guitars and piano.

There’s a good chance that you’ve been home more often than ever before and you’re now wanting to shake things up a bit. As you look around the home, you realize that you’ve already painted the entire place, the furniture has been rearranged more times than you can count, and that backsplash you’ve been dying to install is finally in the kitchen. Now what? Maybe you have an extra room that’s currently just storing all of your junk. Let’s dive right into our 7 ways to better utilize that room!

Create a Home Office

Working from home has been a difficult transition for most people this past year. Your private living quarters used to be just that, but now we’re virtually welcoming co-workers from our living rooms and even bedrooms. While there’s no shame in where you log in, having a special place to work, like a home office, can boost your productivity significantly. All you really need is a desk, chair, and computer. For decorating tips, check out 27 Ways to Create a Stylish Small Home Office.

Incorporate a Craft Room

Speaking of decorating, have you been feeling more creative lately? There are so many artistic hobbies out there to try like painting, scrapbooking, and crocheting. Try having an entire room dedicated to these kinds of activities. Unless you want to become an expert, don’t just limit yourself to one hobby. Make a corner for an art easel, put in a desk so that you can sort through all of your old photos, and add a futon for somewhere comfortable to sit while you attempt to make hats and mittens.

Set Up a Home Gym

Who wants to pay for a gym membership when you have enough room for your own workout equipment? Think about all of the possibilities an extra room brings to your fitness routine. One day it could be a yoga studio and the next it can turn into a space for weight lifting. With all of the virtual, instructor-led classes out there, you can also add a TV to your home gym for an optimal viewing experience.

Soundproof a Music Room

Whether you used to play the drums, guitar, or even piano (or still do), now’s the time to bring in your equipment from the garage to start rocking once again. If you’re worried about interrupting the rest of the household, there are ways to design a music room to avoid that. This would also create a perfect environment for someone in the family who wants to start learning to play an instrument. You’ll especially want to look into soundproofing if that’s the case.

Construct a Home Theatre

Almost every movie ever made can be streamed to your home as of today. With a plethora of film studios joining in on the action, all you need to do is pay for a subscription of your choice. You might enjoy watching a flick from the couch or bed, but imagine what it would be like to have your own private home theatre. This could include installing surround sound, adding reclining chairs, buying a popcorn machine, and plugging in a mini fridge.

Ready a Guest Room

Most of the major holidays have come and gone, and were even held virtually for the first time in history. Setting up a guest room may be the last thing on your mind for now, but there are ways to have the best of both worlds. The first option is to look into Murphy beds, which can fold up and lie out with ease. These help people who always want to have a bed ready for guests just in case. The other option is to store a bed inside of the shed, basement, or garage. Mattress covers are inexpensive and will keep yours clean while it’s tucked away. See above for what you can now do with all of this extra room.

Storage Space

Lastly, you can simply make an extra room into a proper storage space. Wired shelving and customizable organizational systems will help you set yourself up for success by organizing from the ground up. Give yourself some room to walk around freely, especially for when it’s finally time to put all of your winter gear away.

Contact The Massey Team

If you’re experiencing the opposite problem of filling an extra room by not having enough space, reach out to The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties! We’ll help you begin your search for as many rooms as you can possibly want. Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298.


6 Steps to Help You Get Over the House That Got Away

how to get over the house that got away

It’s finally happened. After a seemingly long house hunt, you’ve found the home of your dreams, the place that seems to check off all your boxes. You’ve begun envisioning where your furniture will go, which paint colors you’ll choose, and the types of future get-togethers you’ll plan with your friends. Then suddenly, the rug is pulled right out from under you. You’ve been outbid, your finances didn’t shake out, or the deal simply fell through. Your heart is shattered, and you don’t know how you can cope. You’re not alone – this happens to countless homebuyers. If you find yourself in this situation, we’ve got your back. Here’s how you can get over the house that got away – and maybe find something even better!

Accept Your Emotions

We get it – you just lost out on your dream home, and you’re feeling all sorts of emotions: anger, regret, sadness, shock. It’s common to feel this way when you’ve had the possibility of what could have been stolen from you. Acknowledge your feelings because they are valid! The trick is to allow yourself to feel your feelings and then begin thinking of ways you can make changes in the future.

Try Not to Dwell on One Dwelling

Losing out on an amazing home is like your first breakup all over again. You cry, you wonder what you did wrong, and you can’t help scrolling back through all the photos you took of the home, sighing wistfully. As tempting as it can be to daydream about what could have been, it’s time to begin moving on. Delete the listing of the snatched house, erase the photos you took on your phone, and stop driving by the house – you’re only torturing yourself. There are plenty of houses on the market with so many amazing possibilities waiting for you!

Resist Buying a Home as a Rebound

You no doubt might be feeling spurned from losing a home with so much potential. In fact, you might even be feeling pretty tempted to just buy the next house you see, even if it doesn’t meet all your wants or needs. No matter what, don’t settle or purchase the wrong home on the rebound! Doing so may lead you to homebuyer’s remorse. Stay true to your wish list, stick to your budget, and trust your instincts to help you find the right home.

Learn From What Went Wrong

Think back to what happened when you found out you weren’t getting that home you loved. Did you move too slowly in putting down an offer? Was it too far out of your budget? Did a lucky homebuyer outbid you? Analyze what went wrong and turn your loss into a future win. After all, if you learn from defeat, you didn’t actually lose!

Set New Goals for Yourself

Now’s the time to head back to the drawing board and re-evaluate your priorities. Make a list of your wants and needs to help narrow your search (and keep you aligned with your wish list when an attractive house tries to steal your attention). Double-check that your credit score is where it needs to be and that you’re financially prepared to make a down payment in the future. If you can, get pre-qualified before you head back on the hunt. Being ready and knowing exactly what you need and want will really help you narrow your search and score your dream house!

Celebrate Your Current House

In the meantime, take time to appreciate the home that you’re in right now. Spend time in your favorite rooms, add a fresh coat of paint to the kitchen, or spruce it up with a little inexpensive décor. If you’re staying there for a longer time, perhaps consider investing in some landscaping or a remodeling project. It won’t just boost your mood, but it will also add value to your home when it comes time to sell it! Finding the right home is much easier with a knowledgeable real estate agent by your side. If you’re on the hunt for that perfect home, leave it all in the hands of The Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Select Properties! Call us today at (618) 791-5024 or (618) 791-9298, or get started by viewing our amazing listings!