Living in small spaces has become increasing popular in the last decade. With more people living in cities than ever before, and the rise of the tiny home movement, many people are ditching their oversized spaces for more quaint and humble abodes. Here we discuss how to make the most of your small living space. Many people agree that living in a small living space is the most liberating decision they've made.
What Are the Benefits of Small Space Living?
There are more pros than cons with opting for a smaller living space. Whether you've scaled down by choice or by necessity, there are several benefits of small space living you may not know of.
Small Spaces Are Cheaper
Living in a small space guarantees that you'll be saving money on a monthly basis. Smaller spaces come with smaller price-tags, and smaller price-tags equal less debt. Not only will you be saving cash on rent or a mortgage payment, but the monthly utilities will also cost less than larger home living.
Small spaces are more energy efficient and they have a reduced environmental impact. Not only will a small living space require fewer materials to build, but they use fewer resources when lived in. It's a win-win for the environment.
Small Spaces Are Less Risk
For homebuyers, there is a lot of risk associated with purchasing a home. Homeownership is a major commitment. Home owners handle the upkeep of the home and its property. Maintenance on a smaller home is more cost-effective because there simply isn't as much square footage to take care of. As a result, there is less risk involved in investing in small space living rather than buying a large home.
Small Spaces Are Cheaper to Fill
Filling a large space with furniture and decor can also be a daunting and expensive task. Living in a small space requires conscious decision-making when selecting suitable furniture and accent pieces. We are forced to stop and think if something will fit in our space before buying home items. Stopping to think about where these items fit can dramatically cut down on money spent on impulse buys. Over time, costs for these unnecessary items add up, which means that small space living can save a lot of money when it comes to decorating and outfitting a space.
Scaling Down Frees Up Time
Another major perk to living in a small space is the greatly reduced time it takes to clean and organize the space. We vacuum, mop, dust, and scrub our free time away just to keep a larger home in a habitable condition. In larger homes, there is much more surface area to clean. Comparatively, cleaning is a breeze in a smaller home.
We can then focus on what brings joy to our lives in the time we've saved by scaling down our living space size. We have more time to spend with loved-ones, get out more, engage in a passion or hobby, or finally have the time to relax and enjoy our small living space.
Forge Stronger Connections
Living with your family, friends, or roommates in a small living space helps everyone connect to each other. The more people see each other, the more opportunity there is for bonding. Small space living promotes quality time.
Is Coping with Small Space Living Easy?
How easy it will be for you to transition into small space living will depend on your needs and expectations for a home. It's a mixture of preferences and perspective. Nevertheless, many people adapt to small space living, and many end up preferring it to other options.
If you approach the move with optimism and excitement, the transition feels like a creative adventure, a stimulating puzzle, or an enthralling game of Tetris. To reach this positive state when starting your adventure in small space living, start by identifying your basic needs in a living space. Even a one-room studio can be transformed into a multi-room home when furnishings are structured with a purpose in mind.
Tips to Make the Most of Small Space Living
There are a few key tips you can use to make the most out your small living space. Following these guidelines to living in a small space will help you maximize your square footage and use aesthetics to create flow.
Organization, Organization, and More Organization
Living in a small space requires organization; in fact, organization is the most important part of creating a comfortable small-space home you will love to live in. Many places that are overlooked in larger homes become ideal places to incorporate organizational elements in a smaller space. Some of the best areas to utilize in a small space are:
Add Shelves to a Small Living Space
Using shelves is the top way to create more space in a small home or apartment. Shelves come in a variety of forms and shapes to work with the space you have. Shelves are versatile and oh-so effective. Place shelves on walls, over doors, on the floor, and over appliances and sink fixtures to maximize your space.
Large standing shelves are excellent options for dividing small spaces. Choosing open shelves divides the space without obscuring the openness to the room. Tiered shelves and stands are also an attractive option for storing items. Tiered shelves can standalone or be mounted on walls.
Don't forget the corners of your space. Very few household furnishings are designed to sit in corners, which creates wasted space. Shelves are the perfect addition to any corner. Add a corner shelf to your bedroom to use as a nightstand. A large corner shelf serves as an office desk area.
Use Hooks and Hangers
Strategically placing hooks and hangers over room doors and cabinet doors creates more space and is great for concealing items. Mount modular organizational units like wall grids to make a tidy storage space using standard hooks and hangers. Baskets, buckets, and other containers with attached hooks are also available to work with a modular system.
Install hooks in the kitchen to hang pots, pans, and ceramic mugs. Over-the-door hangers can serve as a coat rack or as a holder for hanging storage fixtures. Mount magnetic strips to cabinetry or walls to store knifes and metal cooking utensils. Organize your closet using shower curtain hooks clasped to the straight portion of a hanger. Ties, belts, scarves, and even tank tops fit on shower curtain hooks.
Think Multipurpose Furniture
When furnishing a small living space, it's wise to buy items that have more than one function. This saves space and more efficiently furnishes your home. Channeling your creativity with your bed is one of the best ways to save space in a small home. Beds are some of the biggest pieces of furniture. Add a Murphy bed, convert your bed to a day bed, build a loft for your bed, or choose a futon or pullout bed to create more room.
Find ottomans with inner storage space that can double as seats for guests. Use your dining table as a work desk. There are many possibilities when it comes to multipurpose furniture.
Climb the Walls
Go vertical when living in a small space. Placing shelves on walls uses vertical space that is often wasted in larger homes. Floating shelves placed even close to the ceiling can help organize a space and leads the eyes upward, which creates depth.
Mount larger items on to the walls, such as your TV. Even larger items that take a lot of floor space can remain in your home when hung on walls or from the ceiling. Hang bikes, guitars, even unused dining room chairs. The sky is the limit.
Create Optical Illusions
There are several ways to create the illusion of a bigger space. Adding beautiful, large mirrors will visually double the size of your small space. Paint rooms and accents in neutral colors to create a larger, more expansive feel.
Use curtains to divide or section open spaces. In loft or studio spaces, installing a curtain function can help divide a sleeping quarter. This gives the appearance of separate rooms. See-through furniture, such as pieces made from glass, plexiglass, wicker, or wire, won't create stark color-blocking and will assist in the flow and openness of the space. For the same reason, choose furniture with exposed legs.
Downsize and Declutter
Get rid of anything that no longer serves you. Clutter might be easy to hide in a larger home, but it's not in a small space. Make time to sort your belongings and only keep what fits in your space. Now is the time to get rid of anything that is broken, unwanted, and/or unnecessary in your life. Invest in smaller furniture that better accommodates your space. Fortunately, smaller furniture usually costs less than the super-sized alternatives.
Upgrading your quality-of-life might be as simple as downgrading the square footage of your home. There are many personal, financial, and environmental benefits of small space living. If saving money, creating free-time, and living clutter-free sounds appealing, a small living space might be the right choice for you.