Common pitfalls to avoid when you are living in small houses

Downgrading size of your home:

A lot of people have lately started to shift their preference from large homes to smaller and cozy places. The benefits and the challenges of living in a small place are as many as living in huge mansions.

Initially when people shift from big homes to relatively smaller homes, they heave a sigh of relief because smaller homes do not demand too much energy in the housekeeping department. A sweep here and a mop there and you are done for the day. But as time passes, there can be occasions when you would feel that you could do with a little extra space.

Addition to the family:

Chances are that when a person or a couple moves into a small studio kind of flat, he or they feel that it is just right for them or the place is just enough for the two of them. A subsequent addition in the family can put a little if not more pressure on the available space. Most definitely, a place just enough for two people is going to be small for three!

So then how do you manage the situation? Buy a bigger home? Well yes if you can. But if you are one of those that cannot at that point of time think of investing in bigger homes, here is a list of the dos and don’ts. Below are enlisted certain life hacks which are of course common sense and they may just do the trick for you

1.      Declutter

In small homes cluttering of things, furniture and upholstery can make it look claustrophobic. The effects are not so good on the inmate’s health as well. So what approach do you take to de clutter your home?

First of all set up a box where you can put in things that you have not used for a minimum of six months. Let the things sit in there for a couple of weeks. If during that time you feel there is a need for that thing you are free to take it out and use it in the house. Say that you haven’t needed it at all that is when you should consider giving it off as charity or simply sending it to the recycle unit.

People who stay in airy decluttered homes often follow a 10percent principle where 10 percent of the space in their home is always vacant. Anything that comes in excess has to be set off by giving away something already in the house. Holding on to things for memory sake is not a brilliant idea for people living in small home.

We live in a highly materialistic world where the things we buy have the ability to outlive us therefore there is no need to be anxious about whether we will need it and not be able to procure it then. Rather keep your mind and space free.

2.      Make a habit of staying organized:

People in smaller homes have to consciously set up a system where they will be able to store the things they possess without having an overbearing feeling on the lives. This will warrant spending a little extra on getting organizational furniture and making sure that everything has a place to go into.

3.      Investing in functional furniture:

When space is at premium, then your furniture has to be functional. Beds with storage under the mattresses, a dining table that folds into a kitchen shelf when not in use or a chair that can become a bed for visiting guests can be invested in. There are numerous options available in the market and even creative custom furniture can be made to suit the inmate’s choice.

4.      Using the right colour:

When light pastel color is used for the walls, floor and the furniture the effect is to expand the living space and give an illusion of more space in the house. Whereas, dark colors can make the rooms look small and way too cozy.

5.      Utilizing empty wall spaces creatively:

In smaller homes where the floor space is limited it is a brilliant idea to use the vertical spaces. Walls can be used to create storage space for knick knacks. However care must be taken to not over do and also use the idea sparingly. Otherwise the house will start looking like a match box.

6.      Making furniture and fittings to scale:

A common tendency of people living in small houses is to make smaller furniture (the site). This can compound the problems of storage further. The furniture will make the space look smaller and additionally due to lack of space, the clutter problem will not have a solution.

7.      Use light airy furniture:

It’s a great idea to go for light airy furniture. For example buy chairs and cabinets with hair pin leg and stand. The optical illusion these pieces of furniture gives in showing more of the floor of the house helps in making the house look bigger and spacious.

8.      Keeping the house clean:

This has been addressed towards the end only to drive home its importance. Small homes can give away the mess instantaneously. If clothes are strewn on the bed and the sofa and books are thrown around the floor and the study table the mess can be seen immediately and it can cause a lot of distress as well.

9.      Keep away from the clutches of consumerism

When we live in a consumerist world and where we are continuously being bombarded visually by televisions, radio, social media and fancy window dressing of the shops on sale, it is easy to fall into the trap and yearn to have that little extra on your plate when you have almost satiated your hunger. An earnest advice is to shut yourself from all the hyper advertising which drills into your head that you need something very badly when you don’t in the actual sense.

Having a small space can be daunting and freaking at times. But I’d suggest the next time you are cribbing for some extra space, shut your eyes and visualize that you have thirteen more rooms to vacuum clean and dust. When you open your eyes afterwards, you will be assured that your home is indeed just right for you!