Have you ever seen one of those terrifying episodes of Hoarders, where the people on the show allow cameras to come in to their homes that have been COMPLETELY taken over by stuff?
And when I say taken over…I mean you can no longer see the floors and people are literally stepping on objects to maneuver through their homes. It’s an accumulation of stuff that they just can’t let go of.
Luckily, this isn’t about that show, but it does show you that having more isn’t always better.
Get with the times and the newest trend: The small living movement.
This means people are choosing to live in smaller spaces, whether it be the young professional wanting to live in the hustle and bustle of the inner-city, or retirees looking to downsize…it’s happening.
So, what does this mean? Well, you just don’t need that much stuff to live or survive. It’s true.
There are amazing places to live in that offer the comforts of home in smaller spaces, and still have enough room to store the essentials. And you start to become more connected to the community….walking to coffee shops, restaurants and meeting others who live in your community.
This is also a great opportunity to take advantage of your outdoor living space! Most people don’t think of outdoor space as part of their living area, but it is. Entertain your friends, take in the fresh air in the morning and watch the sunset at night. This is your space too, so enjoy it.
We think this is great! And there are a lot of resources out there to help you thrive within the small living movement.
Apartment Therapy offers some amazing resources for your choice to live small. These are some of our favs:
11 Ways to squeeze a little extra storage out of a bedroom: Includes baskets under the bed, mounting a shelf along the length of the wall a ew feet from the ceiling for extra storage, a unique shelf over your doorway for extra space and so many more cool ideas!
The best desks for small spaces: Mini desk, shelf desks, desktop with shelving and wall mounted desks. It’s all about the style you like.
Gardening ideas for your patio: You need a big yard to have a garden! There are some great tips here on how to grow your own garden and have it thrive.
Remember, the choice to live small is intentional. You’re choosing place over space. You’re choosing to be a part of the community, wherever you decide to lay your roots.
Until next time,
Your Avi Urban team
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