When I was downsizing my possessions, I tried to be pretty logical. I considered how often a thing got used, how well it would fit into a small space, and whether it added value to my life.
Still, I find there are a number of things that people might be surprised made the cut for a small house:
- Fancy china. I don’t believe in boxing up your best items for once in a decade use, so these beautiful plates and bowls are our everyday dinnerware. By earning its keep daily, this “luxury” item got to stay when we pared down.
- Four bicycles. Here at TinyLiving, we’re nuts about cycling. So in addition to a couch and an entertainment system, there are two road bikes and two folding bikes in my living room. No matter how small your space, it’s important to make room for items you’re passionate about.
- A washer-dryer. Our cottage has two main closets, and the washer takes up quite a bit of one of them. It is useful enough that I will sacrifice the storage space.
- My wedding dress. With all my minimizing, I can’t convince myself to sell or donate the dress. It currently resides under my bed.
- Two home “offices.” While we don’t have a whole room to dedicate to office space, we do have IKEA cabinets in our living room that serve as my husband’s desk. (They also hold the TV). I also have a workspace set up in the loft for when there are distractions downstairs.
These choices don’t come without consequences. Because a section of the living room is taken up by bikes, our seating consists of just one small couch. When friends come over, we pull out the folding chairs. The washer-dryer means that there is less room for clothes — forcing me to keep my wardrobe paired down. You can see my minimalist wardrobe here.
I’m curious — what unusual items are in your small space?