My name is Lori and I love style and IT. Hence my ChicGeek Designs blog, where you can find me on a regular basis. I also love living in Atlanta, and checking out the arts, gardens and what else, shopping! I live there with my husband and the barking dogs in the neighboring apartments. You can find me over at my blog ChicGeek Designs

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Small Space Living

I don’t know how many people, like me, are struggling trying to find ways to decorate and survive in small spaces. I recently moved out of our townhouse and downsized to an apartment. Our storage unit is completely full at this point while we wait and see what happens with our renters. Will they buy it at the end of the year? Or will we end up moving back in? Ah, the loveliness of this housing economy. But this post is not about that but how to survive while downsizing your space. Or at least trying to survive! Because if you are like me, it’s not easy boxing up all your stuff and trying to identify your “necessities” on which you will have to live on for who knows how long.

Here are some pointers that we have learned:

1. Always take some items with you that you love. You need your small space to feel like home.

  • Here’s one of my favorite pictures that I keep on our TV stand. When we downsized, I tagged everything “apartment” or “storage”. This was something I knew had to go to the apartment.

Image taken by me and cannot be reproduced without permission

2. Use items that multi-task. This is a huge space saver!

  • For example, when we moved to the apartment, we went from three bedrooms to two. I couldn’t lose both the guest bedroom and the office. So I went to Ikea and bought a futon so it doubles as a couch/guest bed.
  • Sofas by west elm at ShopStyle

3. Organization, organization, organization!

4. Hang pictures of your family and things that remind you of happy times.

  • This will again make you small place feel like home, no matter the size.

5. If you can paint the walls, then paint!

  • Paint will liven up any space – just be careful what color you chose. A dark color in a room that doesn’t receive much light will make the room look smaller. But if a room receives a lot of light, than a darker color will be fine. Blues, greens and yellow are great colors for small rooms to make them look bigger.

Image from: House Beautiful


6. If you are having to downsize, like we did, think carefully about what you need in the smaller space. You will always need less than what you think you need.

  • Keep boxes around, so you can repack boxes with extra stuff once you realize you won’t need it in the small space.

What ideas do you have for keeping your small space livable and homey? Please let me know by leaving a comment below! I’m excited to start blogging here with you!

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  1. Johnc877 09/12/2014 at 2:51 pm

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  2. Anna Fernando 09/21/2010 at 6:01 pm

    great suggestions esp. living in NY.

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  4. erica_f 09/07/2010 at 4:02 pm

    Great tips! We had to downsize from a house to an apartment several years ago for a move within a move. The apartment's living room had a small closet, so instead of using it as a coat closet, we built a shelf and kept our computer & office supplies in there. We had a fold-up stool, so when it was computer time we just opened the door and had an insta-office!

  5. Lori 09/07/2010 at 1:26 am

    Thanks!! I'm not good at it either, so this has been an adventure! I'm glad I could come aboard and can't wait to post more!! 🙂

  6. Lindsay @ Just My Blog 09/06/2010 at 11:19 pm

    Oh yay! Another ATL Mama! Those are some great ideas! I've never been very good at downsizing but I can definitely agree that multi-tasking items are the key.

  7. Lindsay @ Just My Blog 09/06/2010 at 5:19 pm

    Oh yay! Another ATL Mama! Those are some great ideas! I've never been very good at downsizing but I can definitely agree that multi-tasking items are the key.