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3 Lessons I Learned from Living in a Small Space

You can apply these ideas to your big home, too!

Photography: Marc Jao (Main Photo)

Just recently, I've decided to move into a condo unit with three of my cousins. The decision came naturally as it's practical and convenient—instead of commuting for two hours from the South, I can reach the office in 30 minutes or less. While it can be fun to live under one roof with them, the adjustment proved to be a bit difficult. I was used to a much bigger space and just thinking about how I'm going to fit all of my belongings in a limited area can be disorienting.

As I look back on those first few days, it was really a fun and learning experience. I've learned to work with what I have and I was able to come up with clever solutions to be able to fit my stuff in the space assigned to me. I've listed three important lessons that I've learned that you might find useful, too! These ideas can be applied to a bigger home as well—so you can keep it clean and clutter-free:

A small home is easier to maintain

Imagine cleaning a three-storey house all by yourself—can be stressful, right? One of the best things about small homes is you can clean it in a snap. Schedule a general cleaning so you can deal with the different areas. You can be done in just a few hours and still have time to organize shelves and closets, too!

It encourages family interaction

You might think it's an exaggeration but it can be hard to schedule a family bonding session in a big house with each one preferring to stay in their own rooms all day. In a small space, it's more fun to spend a movie night in the living area and dinners in a compact dining room. Based on my experience, I get to enjoy sharing stories with my cousins before going to bed since we share one bedroom. It's always fun and destressing to share stories about how our days went.

It taught me to be practical

Who doesn't love shopping? Since I moved into a small home, I've learned to be more conscious about my purchases—whether it's a new decor piece, a new ottoman, or a new personal item, I always have to consider where I would place it. If I have an extra space to spare, I go ahead and buy it. But if space is an issue, I might have to postpone my shopping spree. With this mindset, I don't just maximize my space, I get to save money, too!

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