Strategies for Small Space Living

Welcome to Lauren, who's trying out to be a Re-Nest blogger!

Whether you're renting or own your home, there are a number of strategies that can make small space living a bit more manageable.

Shown above, from left to right:

1 Swinging doors can take up a lot of space. If you're renting and don't need a door for privacy, simply remove it (and re-install it before you move out!). If you own your space, consider sliding doors. They can instantly change the use or feel of a space.

2 In small homes, storage is often scarce. Survey your space to find new and creative ways to display your belongings.

3 Have you ever noticed how much better a 9' ceiling feels compared to an 8' ceiling in a small space? If you're planning a remodel, consider leaving your ceiling joists exposed to gain some visual height (and added character!) in the room.

4 For most of us, the closest flat surface to the door usually becomes the catch all for mail, keys, cell phones, etc. Reduce the clutter with clever wall solutions that make a statement.

5 For those of you without a dedicated office space, is your laptop taking up prime real estate? Find a piece of furniture that does double duty by providing a work surface and space to store your tech when friends come over.

Thanks, Lauren!

(Images: 1. Sunset; 2. Apartment Therapy; 3. Design*Sponge; 4. Design Milk; 5. Bo Concept)

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