7 Small Space Living Tips & Tricks
Some become anxious when moving into a tiny space. Never fear, for I've got 7 tips and tricks to share with you, my dear!
1. EXPAND YOUR SPACE WITH MIRRORS
If I learned anything from watching HGTV with my parents it’s that the addition of a simple mirror is often is the trick you need to make a room look and feel larger. This interior design tip for small spaces can work virtually anywhere in your home, regardless of the size of the mirror. Bryce and I ended up securing our mirror horizontally above the couch bed in our guest room to give the tiny space more depth.
2. KEEP STORAGE SPACES ORGANIZED
I prefer my storage spaces to be be clever and creative. Invest in storage containers like bins and baskets to organize valuable square footage. This will insure that you utilize the whole space while also help you finding what you need quickly and hassle-free.
3. USE FURNITURE THAT DOUBLES AS STORAGE SPACE
One of my favorite pieces of furniture is one Bryce and I serendipitously found shopping at Costco one day... The Seville Classics Foldable Storage Bench (Costco $39/Amazon $37)! It folds flat when not in use and can serve as a coffee table, additional seating, or as storage when needed. It was perfect since it fit nice and neatly under our foldable coffee table from Marshalls! Bryce's sister also gifted us one of her old 2-box-storage cubicles which also doubles as a place for our visitors to sit. All I did was add a few pillows and we were good-to-go! We also nabbed this awesome 16-cubby organizer by NeatFreak! (Costco $30/Amazon $58) that we use for our shoes AND our tech gadgets!
4. GET A HANGING SHOE ORGANIZER
This has saved us SO MUCH SPACE! You don't even have to break the bank for these nifty little nuggets! I got one hanging organizer from a store on the mainland called Five Below for about $4-$5 and the other one for about $12 here on Amazon! You can even use the organizer for other things such as makeup, gadgets, remotes, and even plants! I've used one of ours as a little Febreeze holster!
5. KEEP THE BEDDING SIMPLE
Sometimes overly intricate patterns and colors make a small room look loud, messy, and tinier. By sticking to one color (particularly a crisp bright one) or one simple pattern it makes it much easier on the eyes to take in and makes the apartment look bigger. Take a look at this Light Coffee bedding from Amazon!
6. USE AN ABSORBENT TOWEL AS A BATH MAT
If you thought our whole apartment was tiny... our bathroom is even tinier! There are very few bathmats that fit in our truly tiny bathroom so I suggest using a quick-drying hand towel instead! Hand towels are great because they are naturally absorbent, they keep the floor from getting soaked ,and just they're the perfect size for the itty-bitty-tiny bit of floor space we have!
7. DECLUTTER & MINIMALIZE
This is my number one tip: STOP HOARDING RIGHT NOW. When I made the big move to move into Bryce’s tiny apartment in Hawai’i I knew that I couldn’t bring all of my favorite geeky collectables. On top of that, Bryce had his own demons to face: getting rid of his non-essential sentimental items. Our mission was to go through his belongings and sort them into “ESSENTIAL” and “NON-ESSENTIAL” items. This was great for us! Aside from decluttering the old bachelor pad and making it look like a nice clean space, we also made some extra cash by selling some things! And whatever you can’t seem to sell off, you can donate to your local thrift store.
T H E T A K E H O M E
Just remember... Just have fun and be creative! It's very easy to become anxious about moving into a smaller place, but don't fret! It's exciting and it's all a part of the journey that is life! Sending you lots of aloha and good vibes.