(Closed) Majorly Downsizing…how to deal??

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Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Look into the container store and ikea and their clever ways of storage. Its amazing what you can get into a small space with the right tools.

And youll be doing it awayway, but get rid of everything you dont need. Be strict with yourself. Have you used it recently? If not get rid of it. Same goes with clothes.

You may need to replace furniture so its functional for more than one thing. Your coffee table may need to be replaced with one that has drawers to hide electronic remote and other items. Same with your side tables. etc.  That picture may need to become one of those mirror/mail/key ring wall organizers.

Good luck! I am always trying to reorgnize our stuff in our relatively small place so that it doesnt look cluttered. Baskets are your friend so everything isnt always just hanging out.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

i think small spaces are awesome!!! it takes much less time to clean, and it’s so much fun to find new ways to utilize your space. Visit pinterest, and buy some books about organizing in small spaces, I promise it’s not as bad as it seems. 

I wouldn’t trade my small apartment for a big house if it was paid to live in it! 🙂 no shouting to be heard, no having to run back up the stairs to get something, and I LOVE multifunctioning furniture – extending tables, murphy beds, etc….it’s a lot of fun, i promise. 

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

don’t worry about the pantry! there are so many ways to store your food. you can display lots of it in colourful glass containers/jars….the rest can be stored in cupboards 🙂 …you can fix cupboards up with great shelving systems, like pull-out caddies, and lazy suzans, etc. 

 

if you google “small kitchen organization” you’ll come up with loads of creative ideas. 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013 - Kempinski San Lawrenz, Gozo

oh and you’ll have plenty of storage space as long as you remember you’ve got height to work with, not just sq footage! top-shelves, elevated beds with drawers/cupboards/wardrobes underneath, DIY lofts, floor-to-ceiling bookshelves – these can all really help.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsDrRose612:  My husband and I bought our current 900 sq ft townhome. We love it simple and small because we rather travel than paying for higher mortgage fees. Bigger house mean buying more furnitures, decorations and paying for more utility space. 

We also don’t have a pantry and a microwave attached, so we have to buy a pantry cabinet and a microwave at Lowes. 

It’s hard decorating and re-decorating small space, but I’ve learned alot from it. I started selling some of our furnitures that we don’t need on Craigslist and have garage sales. Some of the stuff, we donated and it can be good for tax refund. 

Buy Multifunctional furniture like small ottomans with storage which you can also use it as cocktail tables.. It is important to only buy the things that you are going to use and need. Always de-clutter because too many accessories make small spaces look cluttered. 

Good Luck!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Definitely check out Apartment Therapy.  My husband and I have lived in 400, 450, and 550 square feet since we’ve lived in NYC (7 years now)  I cook nearly every night and I’m sure my kitchen is TINY compared to most people. 

We love small space living.  It’s so liberating not having a bunch of stuff you don’t need 🙂

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

lol I’m personally not someone who likes to have a lot of stuff, and I love moving because it’s the best time to get rid of things! 😛

container store is definitely a good idea, but it can be expensive (I looked around in one last week and it’s jaw-droppingly expensive for what the item is)

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I went from living in HUGE places in Raleigh, NC to living in Manhattan which is a real eye opener. My place is 600 square feet, 2 bedrooms and one bath. I can’t even talk to you about the bath size. That’s a whole ‘nother story.

I lived without a pantry for years (I have one now) but I cannot reccomend shelving enough. Get some cute see through containers and just throw everything you can into them and just have the cereal on display. Also I have this baby – http://www.target.com/p/rack-it-up-by-enclume-bookshelf-pot-rack/-/A-10911627?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=|10911627&CPNG=kitchen&ci_sku=10911627&ci_gpa=pla&ci_kw=

SWEET HEAVEN it has been a lifesaver. Cookbooks on top, pots hanging, really easy to mount. It doesnt’ damage the walls to something you couldn’t fix when you left at any rate.

Get bed lifts for the feet of your bed, and buy enough sliding storage containers to keep EVERYTHING you can under there. A good bed skirt hides a multitude of sins. Actually, before I got a pantry, I kept one sliding drawer of canned goods in the bedroom under the bed. Nobody ever knew.

Use your time now to get rid of clutter. Anything you don’t need, donate.

Anything that can have two uses… do it. I agree with storage ottomans.

Also see if your building has storage available. That might just be more of an NYC thing since everyone here spends their whole lives in tiny places, but I have a cage in the basement where the off season clothes and the christmas ornaments live.

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Two words:  purge and storage.  🙂  I lived in a small apartment before and got an end table and coffee table that doubled as storage.  Pretty much anything that can, should double as storage.  And I used the breakfast table as more kitchen counter space (when my place was big enough for a table).  And stuff as much as you can under the bed.  🙂

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

You guys have to get rid of a lot of stuff. Make sure you get peices that serve dual purpose and have hidden storage.

I feel your pain, Fi and I both own condos my stuff is three year old, his seven so we just going to get rid of almost everything and start over.

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