Small space idea via kisflanc
Perhaps it is more circumstance than choice that I find myself living and working in a smaller than average space. I live in SF, one of the most expensive cities in the U.S so instead of a big, open house I live in a downtown studio. After years of living with roommates who occupied their large apartments for 15 plus years, I needed to find a place of my own. A smaller place where I could control the clutter and cleanliness is what I desired. Sadly a large apartment fire in my first studio cut my personal possessions in half. Trying to look at the fire in a positive light, I was granted a fresh, clean start – clutter free.
I now love having a smaller apartment and smaller work space. I am certain that I will live in a bigger place again soon but I really like my current more minimalist approach to life. I hope to carry the sentiment over to any new place I call home but don’t get me wrong – a large closet is on the lists of must haves!
In my smaller space, I can account for everything I own.
Everything has a place and there might be only one junk box in my entire studio. I rarely lose anything because frankly, there isn’t much space for anything to get lost for too long. I grew up in the same house for 16 years and it was full of fun boxes of memories and hidden gems. I love that I had that experience but I would rather those boxes be organized these days. Instead of overfilling the shelves in my closets, those boxes of memories would most benefit me if I kept them in a special place, keeping my current spaces clear and free.
I also only have what I need and I am exploring the concept of multi-purpose everything!
There is no reason for me to buy three different cleaners for the kitchen because space only really allows one all-purpose, beauty. To make it more interesting, I have been making my own citrus vinegar cleaning concoctions to use in all areas of the house. Tools are the same story. Although, I still have most of my jewelry making tools, I only keep so many out on my desk. Clutter is much more obvious in my small work space so I try to have labeled boxes for almost everything. This is an ongoing work in progress that constantly needs re-configuring with new projects and plans.
My head is clearer in my smaller space.
Life feels less cluttered and less out of my control. For me it is easier to work in a tidier space and easier to rest when there isn’t so much stuff overwhelming my work space. I feel less weighed down and my mind feels more open to creativity and new ideas.
If you live or work in a smaller space, how do you feel it benefits your quality of life and your creative process?
Check out some great small space ideas on my Pinterest board!
Shelly Kerry — Creating Space, Mindful Living
Shelly Kerry is the founder of the program Creating Space, Mindful Living – motivating and inspiring people to run their businesses more efficiently. She helps others look at their personal and professional lives and explore what is and isn’t working. As a jewelry designer she has spent many years testing and honing the skills and discipline needed to run your own creative business while still having time for friends, family and fun. She puts her wealth of experience to use in the Creating Space service – healthy living advice to help keep you motivated and make the most out of your already busy schedule. She will help you find both the physical and emotional space so you can pursue your dreams and she’ll always insist there’s time for yourself.
Shelly writes guest posts on living your best life on well-known blogs such as Kanelstrand, Handmade Success and Awfully Grand and is pursuing a Core Strengths coaching certificate through San Francisco State University.
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