Most homeowners can only afford to move in steps when it comes to owing property.
Beginning with a starter home is often the most affordable option for most couples, considering what the economy has been like in the last few years.
But just because your family may be growing, that doesn't necessarily mean that you have to trade in your starter home for a larger, much more expensive one.
Instead, there are ways to revamp your starter home with smart interior decorating ideas to maximize the space for your growing family.
Use Your Space Wisely - Obviously, when square footage is tight, it's crucial to use every little space wisely.
You'd be amazed what a proper design can do to maximize the flow and functionality of a space as compared to a plan that has no direction.
For couples who are bringing new family members into the home, toys, baby items and other artifacts will gradually creep in, which can often make a space look cluttered.
To counter this, consider redecorating or refurnishing a space by creating custom shelving in a designated area of the home.
Rather than have toys scattered everywhere, store them in decorative bins that can then be placed on functional shelving units against the wall.
Encourage Creative Minds - Instead of looking for open spaces to create an arts-and-crafts section for your kids, look to the often ignored corners for this type of thing.
Having this area sectioned off in this manner can make great use of the corner area while leaving more space for other things.
Custom-build a table that fits well into whatever corner you choose, and make sure there is ample storage for paper, markers, paint brushes, and anything else your creative ones like to dabble in.
Choose Multi-Functional Furnishings - For open rooms where you'd like a little division when it comes to function, select furniture pieces to section off spaces.
For example, place a sectional sofa in a living room near the border of where you'd ideally like to have a separate dining area.
You can also use an open-ended bookcase for this purpose as well, which can act both as a room divider and a place to store all your artifacts.
Choose ottomans and coffee tables that allow ample storage to make tidying up a room a cinch.
Manage Your Kids' Mischief - It's no secret that kids love to draw where they're not supposed to - such as the walls! Rather than banish such activity, encourage it by lining a wall with a huge whiteboard that your kids can scribble on as much as their hearts desire, then wipe it off and start it all over again.
Make a rule that this is the only spot in the house where such activity is permitted.
There are plenty of ways in which you can design and decorate your starter home to make it more spacious, functional and comfortable as your family starts to grow.
All it takes is a little imagination - and a little know-how doesn't hurt either!