You want to be active. You want to be inspired. The only problem is that you have a small living space and there just isn’t room to meet your goals.
Or is there?
Whether you live in a small studio apartment or your share a large house with roommates and only have one small room to call your own, there are ways to maximize this space so you can get the returns you want in life.
Here are some ideas to help get you started.
Assign Zones to Different Areas of Your Space
Although you may have limited room, you can make it seem larger by assigning different areas with a specific assignment. Give yourself a dedicated sleeping area. Have an eating area. Maybe you have a reading area. In the mind’s eye, these spaces become new “rooms” that have unlimited potential. When your space feels larger, you’ll also be more receptive to ideas that will get you to be more active.
Use Multi-Functional Items to Maximize Room
When you have a limited amount of space, you need to have your furniture be able to take on multiple tasks. Your kitchen table might need to function as your desk and your coffee table. Your sofa might need to be a daybed or a futon. If you need extra seating, an ottoman which offers storage space might give you more room. Folding chairs, nesting tables, and Murphy beds are all ideas to incorporate into this space as well.
You must make every item count so that you have maximum functionality within a minimum amount of space.
Remember that Bigger Is Sometimes Better
Large items in a small space can make it seem like there is more room than there really is. Rooms that are full of furniture look bigger. If you use furniture that meets your lifestyle needs, then it can help you be more active as well. Use items that will encourage you to relax, sleep better, or be comfortable within your space.
Create walking paths so that you can be active indoors if you don’t want to head out to the gym. Bigger can be better when dealing with small spaces.
Use Continuity to Your Advantage
In small spaces, items that seem to conflict with one another can be a trigger for stress. You don’t necessarily need to try to fool yourself into thinking that your space is bigger, but adding lines of continuity can eliminate stress triggers that occur in confined areas. Use colors that have smooth and even tones. Place mirrors strategically in a room to make it feel like there is more space. Items of a personal nature, such as a favorite rug or blanket, can provide a comforting visual component as well.
If you feel stressed out or anxious, then you’ll be less likely to take on tasks that support your health. That’s why creating a calming atmosphere, even in a small space, should be a top priority.
Don’t Be Afraid to Go Vertical
When you have a small space, the most under-utilized area tends to be the room between the top of the furniture and the ceiling. Not only will your eye be drawn upward when there are tall furniture items or decoration components in a room, but it will feel bigger and more comfortable too. One of the best options to include is a floor-to-ceiling bookcase. This will give you room to store your books, display favorite collectibles, and keep your space from looking cluttered.
Living in small spaces can be difficult, but with a little customization and love, they can offer big returns. Manage your space wisely and you’ll be able to live the lifestyle you’ve always wanted.