Live Large in a Small Space
Small space living means something different to everyone. For some, it’s about cost, for others, the environment… but when we polled our Instagram followers, the most common response was ‘Minimalism’.
Josh Becker, Author of The Minimalist Home, shares that ‘Minimalism isn’t about owning less than you need, it’s about owning exactly what you need’.
So, whether you are looking for ways to embrace your small space – or just hoping to be more mindful – here are some tips on how to make every square inch of space in your home count!
Reducing your footprint not only applies to square footage but your belongings as well. While decluttering can be a daunting task, being tidy and organized is key to making your space feel larger!
Here are 11 steps to declutter your home.
Downsize Your Appliances
With small space living becoming a growing trend, the search for space-saving and multi-purpose appliances has gotten a lot easier!
Swap the full-size refrigerator for an apartment-sized fridge (which packs the same cooling power in a smaller space) or a compact electric range! And, if your minimalist lifestyle doesn’t preclude owning a dishwasher, you can invest in a compact or counter-top version of that as well!
While you may not be able to control the height of the ceilings or the size of the windows, here are some ways you can draw the eye upwards.
Introduce hanging storage. Hanging plants, pots and pans, or even a bicycle, can save valuable floor and kitchen space as well as contribute to your aesthetic. Open shelving is another great way to do this and doesn’t take up a lot of room.
Pro tip: Take advantage of corners and nooks!
Mirrors reflect light and trick the eye into thinking that your space is bigger than it is. In order to maximize this effect, place your mirror adjacent to a window. The more windows you have, the bigger your space will appear!
You could also place mirrors on opposite walls, creating the illusion of depth. Plus, who doesn’t need a mirror?
Choose Functional Furniture
In a small space, everything that comes through the front door should be purposeful, especially furniture. If you’re an entertainer you may prefer a couch that converts into a day bed, whereas, if you need extra storage you may appreciate a sofa that has an extra compartment.
Some may enjoy a coffee table that extends to a dining table or one that folds into the wall, while others believe the dinner table is the heart of the home.
Murphy beds are another great way to save space and utilize vertical storage.
Evaluate your priorities and find out what will work best for you.