While upgrading to a bigger and better home has always been the general goal of being a homeowner, times have changed. In fact, many homeowners have a goal to downgrade into smaller living spaces. With television shows, such as Tiny House Nation and Tiny House Big Living being on the rise, the theory that the bigger the home, the better the life isn’t necessarily the case. So, if you’ve been thinking about trading in your big home for a tiny luxury, here are some organizing tips you’ll need to know to make that transition.
Use Multi-Functional Spaces
Take a look at any tiny home, almost everything has at least a couple purposes. The bed turns into a table; the closet flips into a countertop; the living room turns into a bedroom – and the list goes on. So, the first thing you want to do when downgrading your living space is opting for furniture and décor that is multi-functional.
Make Use of Under-Furniture Storage Containers
The best storage is always the storage you don’t have to see on a regular basis. After all, no one wants to look at containers all day. That’s why so many people own self-storage units. So, instead of bookshelves and stackable storage containers, opt for the versions that slide under furniture, such as under a bed or under a cabinet. This allows you to make use of otherwise unusable space.
The key to downgrading your living space is to declutter often. While it may seem like you purged half of your belongings, you’d be amazed at how quickly you accumulate new things without even realizing it. So, make it your goal to declutter often.
Take Advantage of Vertical Space
If there’s one thing you don’t have much of when you downgrade your living space, it’s floor space. Most of your furniture and belongings sit on the floor – beds, tables, cabinets, appliances, storage, etc. So, it’s absolutely imperative to take advantage of vertical space when opting for a smaller home. Think tall bookcases instead of long ones; hanging shelves instead of floor shelving units; hanging a television instead of using a television stand, hanging pots and pans instead of using a cabinet, etc.
There will always be a need for items that take up valuable cupboard or cabinet space, such as a microwave or other kitchen appliances, dishes, pantry items, etc. A unique way to keep them from taking up valuable space when not being used is to implement slide out shelving units. When you need something, slide out that particular shelf and when you’re done, hide it back in its little cubby. Genius!
For the Things you Can’t Part From
After decluttering and implementing smart storage into your tiny living, there will likely still be some items you simply can’t part from. You don’t want nor do you need them in your home, but you also don’t want to lose ownership of them either. Perhaps it’s family heirlooms, antiques, filing cabinets full of documents or even extra furniture. Whatever it is, don’t worry. You don’t have to get rid of all of your belongings just because you’re downsizing. Instead, just rent a self-storage unit. Your belongings will be there when you need them and more importantly, won’t be taking up valuable space in your new home.
It’s time to declutter and rent your storage unit! Gone are the days where bigger is better. It’s no longer about going big or going home but rather, going tiny and getting a humble home. With these unique organization tips, you can do just that.