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This question comes from Connie:
I saw that you had a thread about square footage, but the most recent comment was from a year ago, so I'm wondering if you could advise:
My boyfriend and I are looking at moving in to a place (a rental, so a year-long commitment to the space) that's about 400 square feet. We're excited about the idea of downsizing and living more efficiently, but I'm a little worried that 400 square feet is unrealistic for two people.
Any advice or other websites that address this question would be most appreciated.
400 square-feet. That is small for two, but we think it's great. And we think you can do it.
The most important (and obvious) advice we can give is PURGE. Like Maxwell advises during "the cure" -- setup an outbox and use it. We all hold onto so much stuff that we just don't need. Also, consider pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes. For instance, we have a great coffee table that also opens up and provides a ton of storage.
Also, here are a few links to posts of ours that deal with small living:
Small Space Solution: Wall-Mounted Drying Racks
AT on ... Small Bathrooms
Small Space Toilet: MiniLOO by Neo Metro
Also, you might want to look at some of the entries in this year's Smallest Coolest Contest. You should be able to get tons of ideas and inspiration there.
Cany anyone suggest other web sites for Connie to check?
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