Eight Tips for Scaling Down to a Smaller Home

Published on NewsOK Published: January 21, 2013

5. Use "stuff" as decor. For instance, in your bathroom, you probably won't have room for all your practical toiletries and supplies, as well as decorative items. Take a cue from spa bathrooms: Use your toiletries as decor items.

6. Use your full-size furniture. The name of the game in small-space living is ensuring that every single item in your house is fully functional and useful. While small apartment couches and arm chairs might allow you to have a "full" living room set in your smaller place, that full set of "apartment sized" furniture might not be as comfortable and as functional as a single full-size sofa. Also, one piece of large furniture can make a small space look cozy and defined, whereas a collection of small pieces of furniture can make the place look small and cluttered.

7. Give your small kitchen character. A small kitchen does not have to be a boring or unattractive kitchen. In fact, its diminutive size can be an asset. Like small bathrooms, a small kitchen can be a jewel box of a room. Just choose a theme or "look" for your kitchen, and tightly adhere to it.

8. Downsize your wardrobe. Typically clothes are stored in the bedroom. You want your bedroom to be as uncluttered and harmonious as possible. Downsizing your wardrobe is one of the most rewarding and satisfying decluttering tasks you can do. If you need to move to a smaller space with less storage, then downsize your wardrobe.

Chaya Kurtz writes about everything from Cincinnati HVAC contractors to electricians on Networx.com.

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