I live in a 750 square foot apartment with no storage. Before living in a small space, and before I started using Project 333 to build my capsule wardrobe, I had a big house, multiple closets, boxes of clothes in the garage, and even more in dresser drawers. Getting rid of the excess; clothes, furniture, clutter and other stuff provided the opportunity for a bigger life in a smaller space.
5 Lessons from Living in a Small Space
1. Clutter is more obvious.
When you live in a sprawling space, clutter is easier to ignore. In a small space, clutter demands immediate attention. I don’t have space for clothes I don’t wear, and things I don’t love and enjoy.
2. Less indoor space provides more time to appreciate the outdoor space.
Since we don’t have to clean much, organize, upgrade and fix stuff, we can spend our free time hiking, skiing, and taking walks around the city.
3. When you need to buy things for your things, it’s time for fewer things.
When we start talking about organizational bins or extra storage options, we know it’s time to get rid of stuff instead of accumulating more things to store it.
4. It’s easier to live in the world when you live in a small space.
With less to maintain and worry about, it’s easier to work from anywhere, and spend time outside or traveling.
5. The things that make a place feel like home aren’t things.
I had some concerns about making a small apartment feel like home, but it isn’t the things on the walls or stuff on shelves that make a place feel like home. It feels like home when I cook a familiar meal, listen to my favorite music, write, cuddle up with my dog, and spend time with my family.
Don’t be surprised if your decluttering efforts and capsule wardrobes lead to small space living in an apartment or a tiny house.