PJ wrote about living in the anti-McMansion and the 96-square-foot home in a recent “Extreme Minimalism Monday” post. Coincidentally, days later, I stumbled across this interesting article by Claire Wolfe entitled The Art of Living in Small Spaces. The article has great tips on living in her 360-square-foot cabin, but the tips can also help you live a clutter-free life in your typical-size living space.
Here are some of the tips:
- Plan to cultivate neatnik habits. Find a place for everything and put everything in its place as soon as you’re done with it.
- Above all, banish clutter from your kitchen countertops. Eliminate small appliances you don’t need. Stash those you do need inside cabinets. Buy the under-cabinet mounting types of appliances where feasible. Buy or construct a countertop “appliance garage.” An uncluttered kitchen is the biggest step toward small-space sanity.
- Don’t own a lot of stuff. If you can do without it, do without it.
- If you heat or cook with wood, a pass-through bin for firewood will save space and mess. Build the bin on the outside wall of your house, with a door to insert wood from the outdoors and another, next to your woodstove, to pull the wood inside.
- Consider constructing (or buying) a platform bed with big storage drawers underneath.