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Isn't it positively frustrating to move?  Worse yet is to fit all your stuff into a smaller than comfortable space.  Suddenly the furniture you have is too big, the closets too small and the kitchen is something they call a galley, which is never spacious btw. 

We put together a survival plan for moving into a small place.  It has helpful tips about conserving space, downsizing household items and making it your own.


Step 1 Storage

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Shelving and bookcases can add warmth and character to a room while providing essential storage for household items.  Storage cubes with bold colors and coordinating patterns fit nicely into the shelving while still maintaining clean lines.  Colorful books and useful, decorative items bring life to your bookcases. 

Keep unused items stored in closets, storage containers or on-site storage units to conserve space.  Utilize floor to ceiling space for storage.  Keep it organized with adequate shelving, as well as weather and pest proof tubs.  Never store items directly on storage floors, instead stack tubs and storage on 2" x 4" x 2' wood slats.

Step 2  Downsize furnishings and goods

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When it comes to small spaces, less is always MORE.  Post your oversized furnishings on classifieds like Facebook Marketplace® or Craigslist®.   Shop for replacement furnishings knowing the room sizes for comparison to new furniture options.  Keep the theme simple and furnishings compact with matte finishes and muted earth tones.  Decorate with bold patterns and colors on pillows, wall art and shelves.  Use a throw rug to pull the room together for added warmth.

Step 3  Efficient Use of Space

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Limited space just means you should maximize the efficiency of every square foot.  One way that's achieved is to not just utilize wall to wall, but to utilize space from floor to ceiling.  Use shelving, cabinets and hooks to organize, decorate and store.  When in the market to remodel, or buy new furnishings, research retailers who specialize in space saving wall units, organizers or furnishings.  Get ideas for creative, space-saving concepts from home organization & decorating magazines or blogs before shopping for furniture or home items.  This will help you visualize the concepts that are right for your new place and the goals you have for it.

Step 4  Decorate

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Key elements of small spaces are to utilize every square inch while maintaining a minimalist look.  This means organize, shelf or store, then downsize large and abundant furnishings into a slimline set that has durable, easy to clean materials in muted earth tones like grey, taupe, blue or green.  Color the room with decorative pillows, throws, art and rugs.  Expand the depth and appearance of the space with large mirrors.  When selecting a new place make sure there are plenty of large windows or patio doors, good lighting and tall ceilings.

Step 5  Entertain

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When choosing a new place, make sure you have plenty of outdoor space available for entertaining.  It can be the most comforting area of your home.  Opening the outdoor patio can be the primary place to entertain larger groups.  The most important aspect is to provide the most seating possible and perhaps a place for an outdoor firepit or bar-be-cue.  Choose a long outdoor picnic or patio table or a sectional that seats 5-7 for the most efficient use of space.


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