Emily's Design & Life Advice

Emily's Design & Life Advice

Janel Laban
May 8, 2015

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Allston, MA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
The space!

Yes, yes...it's still tiny (one might even say "teeny-tiny"), but my last two apartments were almost half the size. I'd spent years playing "furniture tetris" and surviving on a mini-fridge and stand-up shower. When I moved in a few months ago I was thrilled to have corners to turn! The potential to be able to sit or read a book in multiple places and buy my toilet paper more than just one roll at a time!

All jokes aside, I've realized how much I value nooks and the challenge of making them into functioning spaces. When you have practically four walls in your home, it's a challenge to keep it interesting enough that it continues to stay fresh and exciting enough that you don't want to leave it on your days off.

And I didn't even talk about the sunlight...the way it changes the space throughout the day is practically mesmerizing all on its own!
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
3 tips for creating a successful small space (that also function as great metaphors for personal growth):

1: Get comfortable having your life exposed! In a tiny space, you can't hide it all, and you can't stop inviting people over, so remember to make your bed and then let the rest fly free.

2: Stop collecting junk! It's about quality, not quantity. Tiny trinkets and clothes are fun to buy, but you run out of space fast. If it's not the gem you were looking for, it's just going to end up in the trash when you find something better. Wait till you find the something better.

3: Remember to do the dishes before you go to bed or you'll wake up to the smell of buffalo chicken when you go pee at 3 am.
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