|ABOUT SMALL PLACES|
You have probably heard the old adage "Good things come in small packages." Somehow, though, never quite applied that adage to living space. Have we become accustomed to thinking that more is better? Perhaps, until you realize that living in small spaces does have many merits.
For instance, how much time does it take you to clean a large apartment? Now, if you lived in a smaller place, how long might it take you? Do you think you could save one, perhaps two, or even three hours a week? But cutting your cleaning time isn't the only benefit to having a small apartment. You could also think of a small space as an inspiration to edit your collections, rid yourself of clutter, and fight off the urge to be a packrat. If you don't have the space for things, letting them go is just a little easier. Plus, if you are a budget decorator, it's logical to surmise that small spaces require fewer furnishings and accessories, thereby enabling you to make the most of a limited decorating budget.
Even with all the practical benefits aside, small spaces can be fun, cozy, and intimate. But often, they require some creative decorating. For instance, in a small apartment, you may have fewer options for positioning furniture than you would have in larger spaces. Some roomssuch as tiny kitchensmay have no space for dining. Small spaces also pose other interesting (yet conquerable) challenges, such as finding ways to maximize storage space.
So if you're facing the task of decorating a small apartment, whether it be a flat, a townhouse, a condo, or other type of space, remember one key word that should underlie all your efforts -.function. When your space is limited, every inch counts. If you decorate with the goal that you'll be able to accomplish whatever you need to in each room, your small space will be a fabulous place to live.
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