It isn't the life for everyone. But it is a way to be both frugal and happy and still have more choices in life.
Instead of paying for a huge mortgage on a large house half your lifetime, you might want to travel to exotic places or start checking things off your bucket list.
Below are examples of small living spaces that do the words "small space living" justice.
This room works because of the choice of furniture. The small couch (or perhaps it is a loveseat), doesn't take up much room.
The choice of chairs is perfect because they don't take up much visual space.
The tall book shelf leads the eye vertically and adds storage space. The plant on the other side of it adds balance.
This is a room that serves dual purposes. It is both a living space and an office.
The designer did a great job of dividing the spaces with area rugs.
The yellow door is both whimsical and draws the eye outside to wide open spaces.
The shelves are on the wall, so they don't take up any floor space.
This studio apartment does what it needs to, yet does not look at all cluttered.
It serves as a living space, bedroom and office combined.
The eye is immediately drawn to the two tall windows that open up the space with natural light.
Sometimes when you angle furniture, you gain more available square footage without making the space look confined.
Angling furniture often opens up the space and lends an airy feel to a small room.
I am trying to live by the guidelines set forth in the above quote.
I am learning to let go of things I once was unable to part with.
My hope is that eventually everything in here will either be useful, or something I keep only because it is beautiful.
But you have to be disciplined and make wise choices about what you believe to be beautiful.
In doing so, you can lead a rich life on a poor woman's budget.