Martha's Freedom and Independence

Martha's Freedom and Independence

Janel Laban
May 14, 2015

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Los Angeles, CA
Square Feet:
What I Love About My Small Home:
This house represents freedom and independence to me. Before living here, I was in a 300 square foot studio with walls so thin I could hear my neighbors breathe, so in comparison, this little stand alone bungalow feels like a remote palace. While it may be small, it never feels cramped but instead intimate and cozy. In the year I've been here, it's hosted birthday parties, baby showers, memorials, movie nights, elaborate dinner parties and intense Netflix marathons. I know it's corny, but the memories I've made here are what make me love this home most of all.

And honestly, the idea of dragging a vacuum cleaner up and down the stairs or darting room to room when I'm running late and can't find my keys sounds like a nightmare. Keep it small and you never have to clean too much or travel too far.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1) Stay organized, and do so with shelving. Keeping things off the floor and up onto a wall not only draws the eye upwards but keeps your valuable floor space open. As long as you edit down to what you really need and make sure that everything you have is both beautiful, functional and off the floor, you won't be driven mad.

2) Plants and flowers make a world of difference. It's hard for a room to feel like a dungeon when there's bright greens everywhere.

3) Let rules be a guideline but do not be afraid to break them. Painting small spaces white can make a room look bigger of course, but who cares if you love dark colors or your king sized bed? People don't often live in small spaces by choice so I think it's even more important to do whatever you want to make yourself feel at home.
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