6 Mental Tricks to Outsmart Your Small Space
1. Pretend You Live in a Parisian Pied-à-terreAlways wanted to live in Paris? Let’s just imagine for a moment that your dream has come true. That Parisian flat is likely to be even smaller than your current living space … but you don’t really mind, because it’s in Paris, right? And, of course, that has something to do with the glorious City of Lights right outside your door — but I’m willing to bet it’s also partly attitude.
Take a moment to consider what you could change about your current space to make it feel more exciting, alluring and Parisian. Perhaps display a map of the city, gather a stack of your favorite art books on your desk or hang inspiring photographs. And if Paris is not your dream city, tailor your space to mesh with the place you most want to live in.
2. Embrace the Minimalist AestheticOf course, if you are not a minimalist at heart, this is probably not for you. But if you are drawn to minimalism, living in a small space offers the perfect opportunity to fully embrace the minimalist lifestyle. Subtract clutter, color and excess until your space is edited to the (perfectly) bare bones.7 Tips to Get With a New Minimalist Mentality
3. Join the Tiny-Home MovementProponents of tiny homes are interested in making life simpler and living more lightly on the planet. It doesn’t matter whether your tiny home happens to be a condo or a studio-size cottage — what matters is the idea of purposefully living with less.Design Lessons From Tiny Homes
4. Let Your Art ShineHave a creative bent? Give your supplies pride of place and focus on what you can create rather than what you lack in space. Let your art shine by using your brushes and pens as functional decor, pinning inspiring photos and artwork to the walls, and listening to music that fuels your creativity.
6. Pretend It’s a Vacation RentalWe put up with all sorts of things on vacation — tiny and poorly stocked kitchens, weird showers, cramped bedrooms — surely your home is more pleasant than some vacation rentals! Buck up and overlook your home’s flaws in favor of noticing its good points. And if you’re in the mood for a little redecorating, imagine what small changes you would make if you were trying to make your home look appealing to potential vacationers.