If you’re like my girlfriend and I, you probably have acquired a lot of stuff. When you try and put two people’s lives into one studio apartment, you’re bound to run out of room. I’ll tell you how we ended up with room to spare, and how you can use the same principles to increase the available space in your own home. We’ll go over reducing, repurchasing, and how to put in place a continuous process that will have you with plenty of space.
My girlfriend and I chose a studio apartment, and we were glad that we had decided to sell all of our furniture before hand. We realized that as two younger people, with no kids, no pets (at the time), we didn’t really need a lot of stuff. So we just decided what was essential to us, and sold or gave away the rest. If you’ve read some of my other articles, you probably know that we moved from one state to another, and sold all of our furniture for a profit. Yes, but there was a lot besides the furniture. I had almost an entire room full of books, and she was almost as bad about it. We picked a handful of our favorites and sold the rest at yard sales, and then I donated the remainder to the Library. You can do something similar with clothes, books, DVDs, VHS, CDs, posters, collections you don’t use anymore, ad infinitum. Just pick a handful of things to keep, and sell/donate the rest.
When we moved into the new apartment, we got to pick our furniture based on what we had room for, and what we thought would look nice together in an oh-so-open studio apartment. This made it easier to pick out stuff that fit our newer tastes (a person’s taste in furnishing and decor is always changing, refining itself). It also let us fit the furniture to our chosen apartment, rather than doing it the other way around. I would suggest at least looking through your furniture to see if you don’t like some of it anymore once a year. That way you can sell it, and get something more suited to you with the money you made.
We are constantly looking for more stuff to get rid of, more clutter to remove, and more junk to just trash. This may be going a little extreme, but I keep a couple boxes in the corner, with stuff to go through, so that any time I have some extra time, I can decide on what to get rid of and what to either organize, or store. This makes sure that we always have enough room when something new enters our lives (like our pet rats that we purchased recently). Before I had cleaned out some of the stuff in the area, there was not enough room to house them. If you have a place (hopefully out of the way) where you can put stuff that you need to go through, you’re more likely to go through it when you’re not doing anything else.
You never know when something new is going to come into your life, and it’s more likely that it will if you get rid of some of your old junk now, because when you don’t have room for something, it won’t enter your life. Just remember, reduce your stuff, repurchase occasionally, and make it a continuous process. Just start getting rid of some of your stuff, and you’ll fit into whatever home you need to fit into.