But that was years ago.
I watch the videos on YouTube of small space dwellers in NYC living in 200-300 square feet, and they seem quite content. Of course they are typically single with perhaps a pet.
But when you think about it, small space living means less maintenance because there's simply...less of everything. Therefore there's less to do! Doesn't take much sense to figure that out.
Definition of productivity:
So, in essence the less you have to deal with, the more you can possibly get done. Less space equals less to do which frees your time up to do more of what you'd rather be doing.
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Small Space Living Means Less Of Everything...
More room does not mean more happiness. Maybe to some it does, and I understand that. If you can afford it, no problem.
But I don't think true happiness hinges on square footage. I have found in the past that the more room I had, the more stuff I then acquired.
Stuff never brought me happiness.
Cost of living, less...
Lower utility bills. Lower maintenance bills. Lower taxes. And the list just goes on and on.
Small space living not only increases productivity, it increases your bank account. Because you can direct less money toward your home.
I've always found, for instance, that the more "bells and whistles" I had on, let's say, an appliance, the more things went wrong.
You Can Simply Get More Done...
Just think of all you could get done if you didn't have so much to clean, to take care of, to pay for. Less stuff to deal with. To move from place to place.
More money for travel or whatever floats your boat that does not mean bringing more senseless stuff into your home.
Think of the creativity that you'd cultivate from merely learning how to store things in a smaller space. Create hospitable surroundings in less square footage. And finally, to decorate with intention.
For example, when I moved into this apartment, I had them take out my oven so that I could put a portable washer in it's place. There wasn't any other way to do it and still hook it up to water. So something had to be eliminated.
I have never regretted that decision. And I've never missed the oven. My Smart Breville does the same thing an oven would do, and it doesn't heat up the whole apartment. Win-win.
If I need to saute something, I use my electric skillet. You just have to look at things outside of the box and make different choices.
Decorate With Intention...
To decorate with intention, that means that it comes down to brass tacks. You can no longer have 30 collections of things strewn about your home. Or 10 sets of plates, china, etc.
You have to choose what you love the most, and part with the rest.
Some people have a hard time parting with stuff. I don't seem to have that particular problem.
But the sad fact is, if you don't part with some of that stuff, then your children will be forced to do it when you die. And we all know there are two sure things in life: death and taxes.
Multi-Purpose Furniture Is In, folks!
Here are some items that make small space living easier...
Rolling Carts are quite versatile for small space dwellers because they can be rolled from room to room and used in many ways. For beverages while entertaining. As a bedside table. As a kitchen cart. In the bathroom.
You simply can't go wrong with this purchase!
Lucite (clear plastic) furniture is visually appealing because it appears to not take up space.
Above are nesting tables, so you can tuck the extras in when not in service, or bring them out when you need them.
Open shelves in the kitchen helps you find what you need quickly.
It is also a help when you are entertaining and a guest needs something. They can readily see it without having to look through cabinets or dig through drawers.
Time. You're simply saving time. And that's more important than money.
Beds With Built-In Storage
This could possibly eliminate the need for a dresser or armoire for clothing.
Poufs can be a small space dweller's best friend.
Poofs can be used for sitting, for putting your feet up, or as tables for holding a plate of food. Maybe you want to use one for decor by putting a tray of candles on it.
The less you have to deal with the more time you have to do the things you love. To create, to take a nature walk, to read. Anything your heart desires.
I really like this concept because life is short. And I don't want to spend it having to take care of a large home. And dealing with stuff.
So naturally having less stuff because you choose to live in a small space actually gives you more time to create.
Take a few steps out of your daily routine and you have just given yourself more time to do other things.
Time is a gift. Don't squander it.
And finally here's a 500 square foot apartment that has been beautifully designed to make the best use of its small footprint. The resident was very clever with this small space.
500 Square Foot Studio Apartment
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