Doris' Compact Corner of Gdansk

Doris' Compact Corner of Gdansk

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Janel Laban
May 7, 2015
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Name:
Doris
Location:
Gdansk Poland
Square Feet:
165
Division:
International
What I Love About My Small Home:
It is located in the heart of the old town of Gdansk in a building rebuilt after WW2. I treat the area as my living room, since all the lovely cafes, eateries and pubs are within a 5-minute walk and the atmosphere here is magical.
My flat is full of light (huge windows with sills big enough to accommodate a person or two cats), cozy, compact and easy to clean. I love the 1950's floor and my best purchase ever - the small desk with a 1954 sewing machine (still in perfect shape) hidden inside. And the tongue-in-cheek caricature of my father, drawn by some artist in some remote corner of the world.
My studio flat supports the minimalist lifestyle I've chosen - less wasted space, less electricity used, less driving and more walking, less time to clean and more time to enjoy my life (and play with my 2 cats!).
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Don't bring anything home that you don't need or don't like. And don't let other people do that for you! When your space is limited, you'll like to be surrounded by things that spark joy as Marie Kondo says.
2. Keep it light: light colours (white walls and most of the furniture work best for me), light furniture when possible, limited decorations (knick knacks tend to turn into clutter quickly if not under control).
3. Don't focus on expanding your storage space. People think that more storage means more organised houses but things tend to spill out of contained spaces and clutter the rest of the house. Think rather how many things you really need (4 plates, 4 bowls and 6 cups - it's not like I can invite over more than 3 people to share a meal with!).
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