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15 Tips for Downsizing Your Living Space

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6. Make use of all the space you have. Sometimes that means adding a shelf to a cabinet, so the space can be used better. Sometimes that means putting artwork on the inside of cabinet doors and/or using the walls, adding hooks and jewelry hangers.

7. Pick your storage containers wisely. Square or rectangular pieces make better use of limited space than do round containers. Wicker baskets are attractive storage containers that can be slipped under things and stacked on shelves. Cubes can double as storage, extra seating and as a coffee table.

8. Keep the clutter from ever entering your new space. Register to receive less at dmachoice.org or optoutprescreen.com and catalogchoice.org. Stop taking free samples of products you donít really want. Turn down freebies at fairs, conferences, hotels and parties and donate that hodgepodge of† toiletries you have accumulated to a shelter where they can really use them. (See my article on The Anatomy of Clutter)

9. You may not have room to be a Costco shopper. If you donít have room to easily store large quantities of products, limit how much you buy and bring your own containers to recycle and reuse. (See my article on Creating a Zero Waste Home) But do make sure you have emergency supplies: sufficient water, appropriate food items, etc.

10. Make sure all furniture serves a multi-function. You may only have room for one table, which may have to double as a coffee table, task table, office workspace and meals table. Find a desk that can be closed up at night to disguise work if it is out in the middle of your living space. Find a hall organizer to put at the front door with specific bins to collect keys, bags, coats and shoes. Sofas and chairs should also be convertible to sleeper beds if you no longer have a guest room.

11. Limit your collections. I love crystals and previously had room to display all of these wonderful gems, but not in my cute little cottage. So I boxed them up and tucked them safely under the bed where I can get to them easily. I just display a handful and rotate them out every few weeks. I can still enjoy them but this way I really see them because the display always looks fresh and interesting.

13. Be merciless with the clothes you keep. When our space is limited we need to be very selective with clothes accumulation. We will often need to use part of the closets for stackable organizer bins. Nix the skinny clothes you are keeping for when you lose that 10 pounds! Give yourself a limit, such as 6 pants, 12 blouses, 10 dresses, X shoes, and try to stick to it. When you want to bring in something new, out goes one in the same category.

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at†www.ericasofrina.com.

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7:58PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

Thanks for Sharing.

12:12PM PDT on May 31, 2014

I used to live in a huge space with lots of stuff to dust and decor to re-arrange when younger. Did it because it was what all the neighbors also did to appear prosperous. Now that I've moved out to a more rural atmosphere, there's no longer the pressure to look a certain way, and I found out there were very few things worth dusting regularly, so the on-going process of getting rid of anything other that what is loved, loved, loved! goes on. I could see myself well-able to live in a tiny house one day in the future.

12:17PM PDT on May 30, 2014

Great tips! Thank you for sharing.

5:16PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

excellent tips....thanks

9:57AM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Oh, another useful and motivating article from the author. I recently turned 60 and have talked with friends about how we look back on when our lives were simpler and we had more time for ourselves. Then we talk about how much time and energy it takes to manage our 'stuff'. Gee, could there be a connection?

2:05PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Good ideas,thank you.

2:04PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Great ideas!

8:24AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Had to move to a small apartment and was able to downsize successfully but it can be difficult at times!

7:37AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

I COULD NOT AGREE MORE!

9:45PM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

thanx, for the info

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