Most of our dream homes tend to be large and sprawling. Generally, “small” comes with negative associations in real estate. Think about it. You’ll never see a home described or advertised as “small”. Other words are used in an attempt to avoid its use – “cosy” or “deceptively spacious”. But is small really something to be avoided? We think that good things truly can come in small packages and that there are plenty of benefits that come hand in hand with living in a small space. We also believe that a lot of the things that cause negative associations with small spaces can be overcome. For now, let’s focus on bedrooms!
First things first, it’s important to address a common myth associated with having a small room: that you are resigned to living in a claustrophobic space and can do little with the design. The truth is that while decorating a small room may feel more limited, you just have to think outside of the box and be a little more creative with your interior design ventures. There are plenty of things to remember when redecorating your room when it’s particularly small. But one of the most valuable skills that you can pick up when you have minimal space to work with is the art of carrying out visual tricks. This will help you to make your spaces look larger, even if you can’t physically expand on it. Here are a few for you to try out.
Now, we’re all likely to have at least one mirror in our home. However, we generally tend to keep them in bathrooms or other spaces where we get ready. When it comes to the bedroom, many people have a small, simple mirror on a desk where they can top up their makeup. However, incorporating more mirrors into your small bedroom can have benefits that exceed their practical use. Believe it or not, they really can make any space appear much larger. Try it out yourself. If you angle a mirror towards the focal point of your room, you will automatically create the illusion of increased depth in the space. They also reflect all light, whether natural or artificial. This is bounced across the room during both day and night, which further creates the illusion of increased space.
We live in a consumerist society. We are encouraged to work to spend our wages frivolously. Chuck Palahniuk’s much recited, famous quote from Fight Club encompasses this mindset perfectly: “we buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like”. When you have a lot of space, it can be especially tempting to fill sparse or empty rooms with numerous belongings that you really have much legitimate use for. So, it’s time to break out of this trend and having a tiny room really can help you on this journey towards a minimal lifestyle. After all, if you don’t have anywhere to store excessive belongings, you’ll really start to think twice before splurging.
You Have to Declutter
When you have a small room, you don’t have the option of being messy. You would quite literally have to sit in your own junk and mess! Now, hopefully by adopting a minimalist lifestyle as recommended above, you will have fewer belongings to make a mess. This is relatively simple if the small room you’re living in is your first property. You will grow into it and can reduce your purchases to prevent filling the space. However, if you’re moving from one property and are downsizing, things may be a little more difficult. You will have to actively get rid of items. This may be difficult at first, but you will feel all the better for the decluttering process. So, where to start? Well, the first step that you need to take is to distinguish between the items and belongings that you really want to keep and those that serve no function but are taking up valuable space needlessly. Of course, this is easier said than done. After all, everything we have accumulated over time has ended up with us for some reason or another. The key is to take a good look at absolutely everything that you have, no matter how large or small. There are bound to be some items that have sentimental value. It’s okay to keep a hold of these, as forcing yourself to let them go could do more harm than good. However, for everything else, you need to go through a process of elimination. Take a look at each item in your bedroom and ask yourself a few questions in regards to it. When did you last use it? Do you get much use out of it? Will you be using it again anytime soon? Do you have more than one and can you let one go? Anything that you find yourself doubting probably isn’t necessary. You no longer need it! However, avoid throwing it straight in the bin. We contribute so much needless waste to landfill, and much of the time, someone else would be more than happy to own it. As the old saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. So, donate it to a charity store, or sell it through online auction sites. If you can’t find a new home for it, find out whether it can be recycled. Then it can be made into something new rather than contributing to the landfill!
As you can see, living in a small space comes hand in hand with the benefits of living a more minimal lifestyle that will benefit you and the planet. It also forces you to be a little tidier and much more organised. What’s more? You don’t automatically have to live in a cluttered, overwhelming space that induces feelings of claustrophobia. You just have to be a little more savvy with your interior design! So, it’s time to stop avoiding small rooms and time to embrace them!
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