Downsizing a small living space shouldn’t be that different than throwing away leftovers in your fridge—the same principle applies. You have a limited amount of space for the things you use and the things you need. So make the best of the space you have with these easy tips for downsizing your home or apartment.
Measure for Success
Knowing the square footage of your living space is a good start in determining what kind of furniture you can put in your new small living space, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. Knowing the actual dimensions of your space is critical when it comes to home design. Bust out your tape measure when making furniture purchases and make sure that not only will your new sofa fit, but that you’ll be able to fit around it. In a small space, you’ll want about 18” of perimeter to get around your furniture with ease.
Two for the Price of One
If you’re tight on space, consider multifunctional furniture. Sure you want dining for eight, but what about that office you need when working from home? Combining your dining room and your office is a great way to save space. Multifunctional rooms mean doubling the usage of a room when you can’t double the floor space.
Purge Frequently, but with Care
Spring cleaning isn’t just for April when you’re trying to downsize. Small space living means cleaning and purging often. Clutter makes a small space look even smaller. Minimizing the things you own doesn’t mean getting rid of the things you love, but deciding if you love all of the things you own.
Do you really need to keep that ugly Christmas sweater your aunt gave you last Christmas? If the answer is yes, then by all means keep it. But if the moths are getting more out of it than you are, it’s time to purge. Take the time every so often to go through the things you’ve collected and decide if they are adding meaning and value to your life. If they are not, it’s time to give them the boot.
With these tips, you can maximize space and create a cozy environment in your new home.