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Making Peace with Your Small Space

If you live in a small space, you know that it presents a unique set of challenges. Thriving in this atmosphere means making smart decisions about furnishings, learning to keep clutter at bay, and tapping into your creativity. Here are some ideas for getting the most out of your small space:

  • Shun Low-Achieving Furniture
    As much as possible, opt for furniture that does double duty, like a storage ottoman or a bench with space beneath for bins or baskets. Look for pieces that give you the most utility in the same amount of space.

  • Control Clutter
    Get rid of excess on a regular basis. Go through your stuff and get rid of things that are old, broken, unused, or unnecessary. Keep only the things you really love and use, and the rest is thrown out, donated, passed on, or sold.

  • Make The Most Of The Space You Have
    Consider converting part of a closet (if you can spare the room) into a home office. Use wall space for shelving and go as high up as you can. Be sure you donít overwhelm your space by using more than one wall.

  • Have A Place For Everything
    Keeping things neat and tidy means you need to have a place to put everything. A hook for your purse and coat, and racks for shoes. Donít let anything linger on a surface for too long. A folding magazine rack for periodicals or mail and other items you need to address should sit by the front door.
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