AT on: 10 Tips for Small Spaces

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All of us are really small space lovers. While McMansions rule the suburbs, and those with means build estates and ranches, us city folk, aspire to the perfect perch.

Why? Because we are drawn the warmth and buzz of urban life.

We are cliff dwellers. We aspire to a nest on Fifth Avenue just like Lola and Pale Male. We long to be close to one another and feel the rhythm of the streets. We want to be right on top of it all, close to our friends, near the energy. If anything, we want a view, we want sunlight and we want location, location, location. Space, we are willing to give away.

But because perches are short on space we are all – both high and low - forced to be creative when building our nests. Here then, is our starter list for our fellow cliff dwellers. Feel free to add your own.

Ten Tips for Small Spaces

1. Remove your interior doors (use curtains instead on closets and doors).

2. Replace your big refrigerator with a smaller, undercounter model. It’s more than enough room.

3. Treat yourself to a really good small vacuum (we heart Meile).

4. Use track lighting aimed at walls to free up floor space and create an expansive feeling.

5. Install lighting inside closets so you can see what’s in there. They will be easier to maintain and you will gain the feeling of more space.

6. Clean your windows often so that more light comes in and your gaze is not blocked.

7. Buy really good cookware, tableware and linens (small luxuries go a long way).

8. Go wireless and transfer all your music to your computer. Sell all your CD’s!

9. Use full spectrum light bulbs to energize and enliven your home.

10. Have lots of dinner parties. People socialize better in small spaces and social homes are better kept up.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.