Is it possible to live in 400 sf?

English: another floor plan

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Space is finite, so anyone who lives in a small space has some tough choices to make about how many belongings they can own. Whether you’re living temporarily in a 10′ x 10′ dorm room or living permanently in a 400 square foot apartment, you’ll need to consider these options:

1. Choose a vision for your home. Do you want to live in a place that feels like a storage facility, crammed with boxes and stuff everywhere? Or do you want to be able to move around freely without any obstacles impeding your path? What do you want to come home to? When you close your eyes, what does that look like?

2. Determine the types of tasks you will need to complete in your home. Your answer will determine what zones you need to establish. You’ll need a place to sleep and an area to store clothing. What else will you do? Work at a computer? Read? Cook? Assign a “territory” to each task so that all the supplies you’ll need are located in that immediate vicinity instead of being spread out all over the place.

3. Go wall. Use wall storage as much as you can in order to utilize vertical space. The more floor that is visible, the more open your space will feel. If you have an open floor plan and want to separate your sleeping area from a living room, you can position stand-alone bookcases as a “wall” between the two areas. You gain privacy and storage at the same time.

4. Get creative. Don’t just think outside the box. Kick the box out the door. If you never cook but love to stay home and read, turn your kitchen into your library. Just because a room is named on the floor plan doesn’t mean you’re required to use the room in the same way.

Becoming a minimalist will be most helpful in creating more living space for yourself, but it doesn’t mean that your abode has to be sterile. Your home can still reflect your personality. Enjoy life without the burden of so much stuff.

About Helene Segura

Helene Segura teaches go-getters how to use their time more efficiently in order to have a more peaceful life. For details about her, be sure to visit

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