Small spaces: Tips for living

I’ve got a little something a bit different than the usual sweet tiny dwelling for Small Spaces this time!

Via Cup of Jo, I came across Reading My Tea Leaves just now, whose blog writer is something of an expert small space dweller. Having survived almost 3 years in less than 250 sq feet (that’s about 23 sq metres) with a husband and more lately an increasing belly (uh oh!) Erin has come up with some very useful and often surprising tips for making life more enjoyable when there’s not even enough room for a good fight to clear the air!

Thank goodness they’ve just made a move to 400 sq feet (eeek, still only 40 or so sq metres!) as babies might be small, but… the stuff they come with?!


My favourite tip is to play a song you both love, when an argument starts to escalate. Because you can’t just storm off and slam the door at the end of the hall, when there is no hall. I’m currently testing this one with the kids when things get out of hand. Nursery rhymes to turn tantrums into toddler rock?! Fingers crossed.


An obvious idea is to purge frequently. We are collectors by nature. And some of us have stronger tendencies than others… Get ruthless!


Plan your meals. Buy what you need. And no more. This one is good for head space as well as kitchen space. I do this myself, and while committing to planning and shopping (online!) for the whole week on a Sunday night does feel like a big chore, I love that Monday to Friday all I need to do is glance back at my menu and then get stuck in. No rummaging through a freezer or wasting an hour flicking through recipe books for inspiration for the meager offerings from the pantry.


Remember space is all relative. After a short stay in a teepee in the mountains, the luxury of a hot shower and flush toilet a few steps away is bi-i-g! This tip reminds me of how it felt to move out of our campervan (home for 5 1/2 months) and into our friends teensy one bedroom flat in London for a few weeks before we headed home. They probably felt like the day we hopped on the plane crept up verrry slowly, but we felt like star jumps and pillow fights just because we could!

Anyway – loads and loads (and loads) more tips and insights over at Reading My Tea Leaves, so go there. Even if you live in a palace.


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