Strategies for Living Small

One of the keys to living successfully in a small space is having a strategy at the very beginning when it comes to furniture. When I moved into my place I had a pretty clean slate, moving cross-country meant selling most of my possessions so I was able to be deliberate about exactly what I brought into the new space.

First, I considered how I needed the space to function, a home office, space to do yoga, and place to relax and watch movies topped my list. Other things I was more willing to sacrifice, a formal dining area and a reading nook would have been lovely but they weren’t worth the square footage.

Once I knew what the functionality of the space needed to be I divided the area into “zones” I designated a nook built into the wall as my home office, decided where the TV would sit and which direction the couch would face. I designated a landing strip by the front door, and set out to find a table small enough for my tiny kitchen.

The last step before I started shopping and starting to design the look of the place was to pull out the tape measure. Notepad in hand, I measured every window, doorway, nook and wall. When I started shopping, the notepad went in the purse so I could check my measurements against the item before I set my heart on anything that just wasn’t going to fit. I also brought the tape measure along when shopping craigslist, thrift stores and antique markets so I could check the dimensions of items for myself.

Following these steps helped me create a functional space that was tailored to the way that I live and helped the process of putting it together go smoothly. What are your strategies? Share them in the comments below.

Image: Domino Magazine

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