The Case for a Small Space

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I've always said that if I won the lottery I'd still want to live in a small space. Sure, I'd upgrade from my 500-square-foot apartment to a craftsman-style house with a porch and an eat-in kitchen (I mean, I'm not crazy), but the last thing I'd want is a Real Housewives-size mansion, or worse, a Downton Abbey.

First, there's the obvious benefit of cleaning. Barring an actual lottery win, a cleaning crew doesn't make financial sense for me right now, and the few hours a week I already spend cleaning up my teeny tiny space is more than enough.

Second, I really enjoy the design challenge of a small space. It keeps me from hoarding a bunch of stuff I don't need. I have no choice but to consider every piece that I buy and how it will fit into my space. I save money by not buying things to fill space, and there's an environmental advantage. I contribute less to the pollution and waste that goes into the production of furniture and textiles (smaller space, smaller footprint). It also makes moving way easier.

If you're a small space convert, whether out of necessity or preference, here are some of our best tips for small space lovers/likers.

(Image: Theresa Gonzalez)

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