I have always been intrigued by the concept of “tiny” living. It seems to be a very big movement nowadays, and maybe one that is forced upon depending on where you live…cough, cough, NYC, cough. As much as I admired the movement, I wasn’t necessarily ready to downsize my life into one single room like that.
When I moved to Florida this year, I settled on an apartment in a neighborhood that was in walking distance to shops and restaurants as well as a short ride to work.
The catch, it was a small studio apartment.
I really loved the location, and knew I was going to do some research on how to master storage in a small apartment.
Once I moved in though, it wasn’t so bad. It actually is much more appealing than I originally would have thought, as it pushes you into being a minimalist. Since I am one to quickly form anxiety from even the smallest bit of clutter, this seems to have been a more progressive and healthy way of living. It really has pushed me to acknowledge need over want, and it has turned into a place I feel comfortable and welcomed to live in.
Here is a look at my space…
The key is to be minimal with your decorations. I try not to hang anything on the walls so that it doesn’t feel too cluttered, and most of what does hang on the walls is condensed into one specific area. I also try and take advantage of the windowsill for holding items.
I really love neutral colors, as they open up a space. I try to add color into the space with the use of small decorative items, such as this cloth footstool and my namaste sign above my door. Pillows and pictures are a great way to do so as well.
Going to Ikea, I found containers that easily fit under my bed and in the closet. A great place to store items you don’t want to get rid of but maybe don’t use too often. Also, take advantage of your closest! They are a sanctuary for your extra items that maybe don’t need to be on display.