The following is a guest post from Emily of Our Frugal Happy Life:
This summer, we (suddenly) downsized from a four-bedroom, one-bathroom house to a two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo. We simplified everything, reexamined what we really need on a regular basis, and reorganized our home to fit us better.
However, living in a small space can be challenging at times. As I am learning to focus more on being intentional in my homemaking endeavors, I have five tips for those of you who live in smaller homes.
1. Don’t compare your home to other homes.
You will only be jealous if you want what other people have! Concentrate on what you have, not what others have. Don’t let the green envy monster get the best of you!
2. Embrace the space you do have.
Be grateful that God has given you a home! Even if you feel like you’re cramped for space, many people would give anything to have the space you have. Embrace your space — and find creative ways to use it!
3. Be creative with your space!
Use traditional spaces for non-traditional storage.
- What can you store in the bathroom vanities? I store paper products and other bathroom odds and ends.
- How can you maximize your closet space? We have a walk-in closet in our master bedroom and we don’t just use our closet for clothes! All of our plastic storage totes are stacked on one side of our closet and we store boxes on the top shelves.
- Utilize under-the-bed plastic storage totes. These can be great space-savers!
4. Organize your space to work efficiently.
Working in a small space is so much easier if the area is organized in a way that benefits you. Here’s how I do this in our kitchen:
- Keep the kitchen clutter-free. One of my nightly goals is to clear off the kitchen island.
- Leave often-used appliances on the counters. This may go against what others suggest, but I find that it works so well for me. I simply don’t have the space to store all of my appliances. And I’m more inclined to use them when they are right there on my counter.
- Utilize the space on top of the cabinets, if you have it. We store quite a few items on top of our cabinets.
- Use the cabinet and drawer space wisely. Organize your cabinets and drawers in a way that works well for you; group like items together.
5. Keep a handle on your stockpile.
My health and beauty stockpile is stored in a few boxes in our bathroom closet. And like I’ve said before, not having a pantry is a good thing for me: my food stockpile is controlled!
What tips do you have for living in a small space? How do you “embrace your space,” no matter the size?