Five Things My Tiny Apartment has Taught Me

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I’ve been living the tiny life for about five months now and I’ve definitely learned a bit during that time.  I thought I’d share you a little wisdom about my little living space.

  1. You Only Need What You Need. Before I moved to Boston I had a large apartment with a giant granite island, in-unit laundry AND a dishwasher.  (Me and my manicures are still mourning the loss of the latter.)  I also had a lot of closet space and kitchen cabinets which made storage easy.  That being said, the more space you have, the easier it is to collect stuff over the years and that’s exactly what I did.  Right before I moved I purged everything.  There wasn’t everything from t-shirts to tea towels was reconsidered.  If I hadn’t worn it in the past six months, I donated it.  IF I had another saucepan just like it, I donated it.  If it was a reminder of something I wanted to forget, I tossed it.  If it was a document I hadn’t referred to in the past five years, I shredded it.  Everything I didn’t absolutely need to keep, I got rid of and it made a giant difference in my less-than-giant new abode.
  2. Screw Everything… into the walls that you can.  Anything that you can get up off the floor or another surface (i.e bathroom/ kitchen counter) is space saved for something.  I’m not suggesting you go wild and pin everything to the walls, I’m just saying if something is able to be equally functional while wall-mounted, go for it.  I’ve hung all my bathroom storage, mounted my TV to the wall and even hung some pans on the walls of my kitchen.  Doing this not only helps to open up storage opportunities but also has a decluttering effect.  Speaking of which…
  3. A Clean Apartment is a Happy Apartment.  Because my living space is so small, any clutter, dirt or dust is ten times more noticeable.  Staying on top of cleaning and organization will make the place feel bigger than it really is.  I also find that the more organized my space is, the more peaceful it feels and who doesn’t want that?
  4. Curating Your Space is Important.  When you live in a small space, it’s important to make it feel like a space customized for you and the way you live your life.  By virtue of your place being small, most of it will be viewable from any given angle so think about how that will affect the layout of your furniture and how someone would flow through your space.
  5. Compact is Key.  Whether it’s a pull-out couch, a bench that doubles as a storage option or a nifty folding table, furniture that’s small when you need it to be small and a bit bigger when you need it to be bigger is a god send.  Your space is precious so make sure that the things you fill it with are as functional as they are beautiful.  I bought this kitchen table and it’s pretty much changed my life.

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