So, are you curious how the whole living-in-700-sq-ft thing is working for me?
In short, I love it! Less stuff (we got rid of over 600 items)=less to maintain. Less space=less to clean.
However, I have worked hard to utilize every inch of storage space that I can, especially since some of our closet space is still taken up by unpacked boxes of books (I couldn't part with them...).
Here are a few space-utilization strategies that I've found useful:
Store things under your beds/cribs. There are clear plastic bins that are perfect for this. I've found this a good place for storing winter clothes during the summer and vice versa. We currently have bins of clothes and a surf board under our bed (hidden well by a dust ruffle!).
Our kitchen is tiny, so I've found it useful to store items in larger appliances. For instance, my bag of rice is kept in the rice cooker, dry beans in the crock-pot, etc.
Shelving is a wonderful way to utilize space--your walls have potential!
fold-up shelves to be useful. Particularly in the freezer, where it enables me to stack frozen foods without creating too-tall towers that fall over whenever you open the freezer (annoying). Pictured is a peek inside my freezer (as you can see, I'm flash freezing some berries).
I use a set of plastic drawers in my closet to utilize the space underneath my hanging clothes. This helps since we only have one dresser in our room.
Hooks, hooks, hooks, hooks, hooks. Hooks for your towels, purse, keys, potholders, aprons, and so on. Again, your walls have potential, and hooks can prevent piles of clutter from forming on your tables and floors. They can also save drawer/cabinet space. I'm still working on putting up hooks in our place (the concrete walls have made it a slight challenge).
Do you have any savvy ways of saving precious space in your home?
Once again, this coming Thursday I'm hosting Try New Adventures Thursday! I'd love it if you joined us in sharing your new adventures/experiences/lessons learned...
Curious what The Less Project is all about? Check out the other installments:
Introducing: The Less Project
Together on the Path of Less (guest post by Roots of Simplicity)
Strategies For Lowering Your Eating Out Costs
Top Ten Ways I Want To Support My Hubby
This post is linked to Works For Me Wednesday.