Are you feeling like your running out of room in your home or you just can’t seem to make it work for you and your belongings? Small space living can be functional as long as you’re making good choices. I’m going to give you 6 tips that I use to help me cope with living in a small space.
Even though some might not consider my 1200 square foot home all that small if you’re renting a small apartment. Living in our 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 1 level home with two kids and my husband feels small. Let me not forget to mention that we have no storage space, no basement or garage. We have a small shed, but that mostly holds our holiday decor and lawn care items. I tellin’ you its TIGHT!
Let me share with you the 6 tips that help me handle living in a small space.
This one is most important, especially with children. I make sure to go through my children’s clothes and toys regularly. Children can accumulate a lot of stuff quickly. Going through their things can help you eliminate buying more furniture to store more junk. Same goes for my belongings. I make sure to clean out my closet at least 2-3 times a year and donate what I no longer need. Let’s not forget the rest of the house. Marie Cando that shit or just declutter it!
Light / Cool Tones
I suggest sticking to light and cool tones throughout your home. Keeping your walls, furniture and accessories light helps to make your space feel bigger. Using dark colors will make your room feel smaller, and you don’t want that in a small space. Remember this when you’re purchasing furniture or choosing your next paint color.
I think most of us have multi-purpose storage/ furniture throughout our homes but I want you to think outside of the box. Use stylish storage boxes on your shelves to hide your supplies. Have a three tray stand? Add some decorative items and display them on your countertop or table. This eliminates you having to find a place to store it when you’re not using it. Add storage units with bins in your closet and create extra storage that won’t take up space in your room. Purchase items that are functional yet still fit with your style.
Use rugs and furniture to section off zones in your space. Do you have an open living room, dining room, and makeshift office combo?? Use a rug to help differentiate the areas. Having a rug in your living room and another in your dining area help break up space. You can also use your furniture to help block off an area.
Keep your space clear
Now, this is a hard one because I know people who have small spaces and still manage to fill a room without making it feel overstuffed. If your not one of those people, I think the best thing to do is to lean more on the minimal side. Keep large pieces of furniture to a minimum, measure for your space and don’t just fill it to fill it. Make sure everything has a purpose. I think what’s important is to make sure you and your guest can move around your home without feeling like everyone’s walking through a maze. Keep your pathways clear and don’t keep buying furniture just to store more crap. Declutter and keep it minimal!
I think most of us tend to forget about our vertical wall space. This doesn’t mean we have to add a floor to ceiling shelf. You can even do something as simple as adding hooks or decorative wall storage. I recently added cute farmhouse hooks on a blank wall in our “entryway”. Now instead of dumping our coats and bags on the nearest table or chair, we hang them on the wall hooks, for a few bucks, it was totally worth it.
I hope these tips can help you handle living in a small space. I challenge you to try and implement one or more of these tips into your home and let me know how it goes. Comment below if you have any helpful tips, I’d love to hear all about them.If you’re interested in getting more tip and trick straight to your inbox. Make sure to join our newsletter now.