Tips for Living in Small Spaces

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By: Lisa Evans
Published: December 11, 2013
Last Update: February 13, 2023

If you are living in close quarters, you know how frustrating it can be. It's easy to accumulate clutter and find yourself wading from room to room. Make the most of small spaces and you'll be able to breathe easily again. Take the following tips to allow yourself to enjoy your humble home.

Think Organization!

One of the most important things you can do in a small home is to be extremely organized. There simply isn't any room for clutter or excess. Take a good look around you. If you have anything laying around, from mail to stacks of magazines, set up a system. Get a filing cabinet and arrange all of your bills and important papers. You can find small models at the department store and place it in a closet or under a counter. If you like to be decorative and have trinkets, keep them to a minimum. Consider keeping absolute favorites out at all times. For the rest of the year, go with a seasonal theme and choose certain objects that are special to you. You'll find that you look forward to them all the more when you bring in the new and take down the old.

Think Essentials!

The next thing you need to do is think about what is absolutely essential in your home. If you have too many pieces in your living room set, sell something, give it away, or store it. When a living room is small and you don't have a spare room, a futon or sleeper sofa is an excellent way to have guest accommodations without taking up a lot of room. Instead of taking up your kitchen area with a large table, get a table with removable leaves or one that folds up. You can always sit at an island or counter when you don't have company. Take a look in your bedroom. If you only need one dresser, get rid of any extras. You can also use a wardrobe and stash your television inside, along with your clothing.

Think Small Appliances!

You would be amazed at what is available when it comes to small appliances. There is a dishwasher that can fit in kitchen drawer. A single serve coffee maker could be ideal for you. You can opt for a compact refrigerator and stove. When it comes to a washer and dryer, one stacked on top of the other might work best in your space. When you go hunting for new items, always think small!


Think Storage!

If you still need more room, a storage unit can save the day. You can find reasonable facilities where extra furniture and seasonal items can be stored until you need them. Simplify your life, get rid of the things you don't need, and you'll be able to move freely in your little home. You'll also be able to show off its greatest assets when you are able to see the potential in every room.