I just moved from an 1800 square foot house with three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and two living areas into a 760 square foot cabin in the mountains. The key to making this move work was downsizing all of my stuff. And also making the best use of every square foot of my new house.
Here are some things I did to make my space, work for me.
1. Combine Spaces
When you only have a few hundred square feet, you need to make every space multi-use. For example, you could put a clothes washer and dryer in a kitchen. You can make the extra space in your bedroom your workout space. Finally, you can use your work desk as an eating space.
2. Barn Doors
3. Utilize Every Space
When you have a smaller home, every space can have a purpose. Under the cabinets and the walls can be used for storage.
Checking Pinterest or even doing a simple internet search will show you hundreds of ideas from shower rods and baskets under the sink to more decorative baskets in the bathroom walls for towels.
4. Be Selective With Your Furniture
A small cottage means small rooms. Luckily for those of us with these small areas, there are bed platforms with drawers in the base for clothing storage. You wouldn’t even need a dresser, which would save space.
Most stores now sell furniture for small spaces. Still stylish but smaller, and often multipurpose.
It doesn’t matter how much storage space you create or room function you combine. If you have too much stuff, you will never be comfortable in your own small house.
Keeping things uncluttered and minimizing purchases of unneeded items will help you live large in your small cottage.
If you have the ability to make some cosmetic changes to your small cottage, large windows to let in lots of light will make your space feel bigger. An open flowing, floor pan will make any space larger. In addition, keeping the color pallet light and bright will make the space feel larger.
Small house living is not for everyone. But if you decide to try it, there are plenty of things you can do to make your small space feel larger. And even more organizing hacks that will keep your small space spacious.