New Year, New Habits: Making Room for Stuff in Small Spaces

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Coming back to my tiny city apartment after the holidays, I am always faced with the same problem: how to integrate and make room for my newest acquisitions. For those of us with pint-sized places, a few new objects can turn into clutter in a hurry. Here are a few suggestions on how to make room:

1. Out with the old, in with the new. Many adhere to the rule that when you bring something new in the home, then something else must go. While this is easy when the new item is an upgraded or streamlined version of the old, it can otherwise take a bit of thought. Cleaning out the closet, or passing on a old book, are easy ways to get started.

2. Rearrange. It can be hard to find room for a new item when you've grown accustomed to things as they are (and have already styled your shelves to the T). Removing everything and rearranging a shelf or table can help integrate new items and freshen things up.

3. Think seasonally. Before I spent time on the East Coast, I never bothered to rotate out items in my wardrobe or decor according to the seasons, but now that I am back on the West Coast the habit has stuck. Rotating objects out temporarily keeps things current and interesting and can be a great way to make room for new acquisitions.

(Image credits: Beatriz's Fun & Functional Workspace)