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We live in a 660 square foot apartment on the outskirts of a hip little neighborhood. We can walk to my favorite coffee shop and yes, in case you’re wondering, that was a requirement for our apartment hunt. Our apartment consists of two bedrooms, one bathroom, a kitchen with the largest pantry I’ve ever seen and a living room.
This is our third winter here (which is really crazy to think about!) and we have really gotten everything how we want it. It’s been quite a journey because while Peter moved in with only 9 bankers boxes and a suitcase of clothes (for real – he’s such a minimalist), I moved in with WAAAAAY more than we needed to fill the place.
Here are 3 tips I have learned along the way to live well in a small apartment (which, by the way, now I think is the perfect size and most houses seem entirely too large for me):
“Have nothing in your life that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” William Morris
We follow this as the main principle for our home. We also have a “one in, one out” rule that is basically meant to keep me from collecting too many pairs of shoes.
Make sacrifices and choices strategically.
There was a lot of furniture that we sold because it either didn’t fit the space well or it just didn’t look good. But does my portable washing machine look particularly beautiful sitting in the corner of the kitchen? Not to most people. But cloth diapering and getting to do laundry in the comfort of my own home is beautiful to me, so take that, Better Homes and Gardens expectations.
Remember that many generations of people have lived with less.
I sold my KitchenAid mixer last summer. If you’ve known me for any length of time, I’ve always loved KitchenAid mixers. I think they are one of the prettiest pieces of kitchen machinery ever made. But I rarely used it, it was big, it was heavy, and it took up space. Plus, the sale of it ended up funding this little
fiasco adventure. Any time I see things that “make life better/easier” I remind myself that I’ve survived 26 good years without it, so I can in fact live a full life without it.
Like I said, I can’t imagine living in a larger space. I’ve actually really come to enjoy our small space!