Real Couples on the Best Things About Sharing a Small Space

Real Couples on the Best Things About Sharing a Small Space

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Adrienne Breaux
Oct 21, 2016
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We all know that living in a small space has its benefits — cheaper rent, better locations and more — but sharing that small space with another person...well that can get a little tricky. Sure, there are downsides, but let's choose to focus on the positive! These five real couples revealed what they think the best thing about sharing a small space with someone else is. Be charmed by their answers and maybe even find hope if you've got small space sharing plans in your future.

1. You'll get to know your partner REALLY well:

"Since we both work from home sometimes and live together in a small space, we have gotten to know each other on a different level. Our silliness and humor are at their finest when we're in our studio, and we're there for each other at our worst and best!"

Robyn Kleffman, of A Super Small & Cozy Santa Cruz Studio. Read more of how she shares a small home successfully: One Couple's Secrets to Sharing 350 Square Feet (After Downsizing from 2,500!)


"Our tiny space is conducive to cozy cuddles!"


Danielle Boachie of Andy & Danielle's Cozy, 325 Square Foot Chicago Studio. Read more of how she shares a small home successfully: Real Life in a Small Space: How This Couple Makes a Tiny Studio Work


"You end up sharing so much more. On every level I think it brings you closer."


Will Strawser of Industrial Modern Style in a 420 Square Foot Hell's Kitchen Studio. Read more of how he shares a small home successfully: A New York Couple on What It's REALLY Like to Share a 420 Square Foot Home


"I've never felt so bonded to another person. Andrew and I always know what's going on with each other, and we've grown a lot in our marriage as a necessity. You have to be on top of communication in any marriage, but in these close quarters, it's even more imperative."


Julie Puckett of Julie and Andrew's Cozy Home in a Blue Bird School Bus writes. Read more of how she shares a small home successfully: Living Large in a Tiny School Bus

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2. Less stuff = More organized

"...It sure keeps the need for material belongings in check, no room for clutter! It's a stepping stone for us, I think we would both agree that a little more space will be a welcomed change when we can make it work."


John Morley of A Super Small & Cozy Santa Cruz Studio. Read more of how he shares a small home successfully: One Couple's Secrets to Sharing 350 Square Feet (After Downsizing from 2,500!)


"It has forced us both to be more organized (every item has its place), and while we both love the aesthetic of femme clutter, we only have things that we love and/or use regularly."


Andy Koch of Andy & Danielle's Cozy, 325 Square Foot Chicago Studio. Read more of how he shares a small home successfully: Real Life in a Small Space: How This Couple Makes a Tiny Studio Work


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3. It's fun creating a home and look together

"Seeing all of our favorite things together in one place! We both really like 'stuff' so it has been fun trying to find a way to make our things work together and create a cohesive home that represents both of us well."

Joe Cafuir of Joe & Keith Share a Tiny & Inviting Oakland Studio. Read more of how he shares a small home successfully: Sharing a Super Small Space: How Two People Live Well in Just 300 Square Feet


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4. Less stuff = Less time spent cleaning

"When we have to clean up it only takes us an hour or two TOPS. It's fantastic!"

Kate Brown of Industrial Modern Style in a 420 Square Foot Hell's Kitchen Studio. Read more of how he shares a small home successfully: A New York Couple on What It's REALLY Like to Share a 420 Square Foot Home



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