When I moved from a 2000 sq ft house to a 750 sq. foot apartment, I was ready for the smaller space. What I didn’t think about though is that everything in the apartment is smaller too.
- The rooms are smaller
- The sinks are smaller
- The appliances are smaller
- The cabinets are smaller
- The trash cans are smaller
I didn’t notice it right away, but as I started to really live in my new space, I began to appreciate all of the benefits. I rediscovered my sense of small. A smaller sink is easier to clean. Smaller rooms cost less to cool or heat. Smaller trash cans have to be dumped quickly so they naturally smell better.
In a super-sized world, it can seem counterintuitive to gravitate towards something smaller. Fear of comparison and perceived lack of value combined with years of conditioning keeps us in a bigger is better mentality.
Once I started to revel in the little things, I started to think about other areas of life where small deserves a chance to shine.
How to rediscover your sense of small
I recently enjoyed tapas at Finca and was reminded that small bites are usually much more flavorful and satisfying than big meals. Instead of going for the entrées, order appetizers or serve your meals on small plates at home. Create an atmosphere that demands lingering, so food isn’t the only thing you are filling up on.
In the busyness of life, connections are lost all the time because we put off big conversations that take more time and attention than we think we have. If you notice that you are feeling disconnected from someone or that you’ve been putting off getting together or making a phone call, send a simple note via email, text or mail. A little “I miss you.” “You are wonderful.” “Thinking about you.” will foster your relationship and encourage the bigger conversations.
I dress with fewer than 33 items in my wardrobe every 3 months including clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry. It started as a challenge, but because it made my life better, it became a habit. I’m not the only one dressing with less. This minimalist fashion project is going on in every climate you can imagine around the world. A small wardrobe saves time, money and space and eliminates the stress and chaos that comes with a big, overstuffed closet.
Rethink your living and work space. If you aren’t ready for the leap, test things out and tape off a small space in your home or office and live or work there for 30 days. If you don’t miss the extra space, explore smaller options. Small space is less expensive, easier to take care of, and requires fewer resources compared to bigger homes and rooms.
Diamonds may have been a girl’s best friend, but what we want more than anything else is to be loved. In every relationship there is opportunity for a small gesture that will mean more than you can ever spend on a big gift.
Eat a small meal, make a small gesture and consider a smaller home. Make space and time for big ideas, grand love, massive adventures and overflowing gratitude. Like less makes way for more, small makes way for big.