Tiny Tricia

My journey to a tinier me.

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7 Things I Enjoy About Living in a Small Space

For a year and a half now, I've lived in a 350SF apartment. I've lived in small spaces in the past as well—here's why I actually prefer them to larger spaces!

  • Wireless headphones work. My bluetooth headphones work anywhere in my home while my phone stays in one spot to charge.
  • Cleaning is minimal. I basically vacuum a 5'x7' rug once a month and dust a few surfaces with a Swiffer wipe. Boom.
  • Galley kitchens rule. I love cooking and have found galley kitchens to be way more efficient than kitchens with a lot of square footage. Just turn around and keep working.
  • Decluttering is manageable. When all your stuff is... stuffed... into a small space, you have extra incentive to declutter ASAP. And you also feel the benefit of it right away!
  • Decorating is simple. I have one room to pull together. Since I don't particularly excel at interior decorating, I like that I don't have to figure out more furniture and window treatments.
  • Feeling alone (in a good way). This is ridiculous but big empty houses make me run replays of daytime murder investigation features. So I like being able to see that there aren't any strangers hiding in my hallway. Cuz I don't have one.
  • Finding stuff is easy. There are only so many places I can leave my phone in my small home. But if I somehow lose it, I will hear it anywhere, even on vibrate.

Ultimately a lot of what I like about living in a smaller space has to do with being relentless about only keeping things I really like. It's a way of living that requires more thoughtfulness, and owning less has honestly brought a lot more contentment into my life.

The Millenial's Guide to Living Tiny

Hello, fellow millenials. Lovers of subscribing instead of owning, experiences instead of things, animated GIFs instead of words. Welcome to your guide to living a badass tiny life.

Automate your house supplies.

Are you really going to try out a new toothpaste brand any time soon? Amazon Subscribe & Save (or their fancier new "Dash" button) was made for the mundane. Stop wasting energy remembering to buy, making a trip to get, and schlepping home the 16-pack of toilet paper every month and go the set-it-and-forget it route.

When you figure out the right cadence for these items in your life, you'll be cutting down on errands, making sure you always have the right amount available in a limited space, and saving money.

Bonus: PillPack is an amazing way to just-in-time your regular medicine needs.

Clean up your papertrail.

The PaperKarma app may be one of my favorite downloads of 2014. It's been a wildly successful (and simple) way to almost completely eliminate unwanted mail from my life.

And if you haven't switched all of your bills to paperless billing, get on that. I tossed pounds of credit card statements and receipts dating back to 2009 in my company's secure shredding bin.

No one needs that many jewel cases.

If for some reason you can't bring yourself to rip you CDs and DVDs then donate them to the public library, at least get rid of all those bulky cases and put the discs in a binder until you catch up to 2015.

But seriously, this is why we have external hard-drives, da cloud, and every flavor of streaming service known to man. 

Enjoy it—or let someone else enjoy it.

You know how when little kids hoard toys just so other kids can't play with them? You're probably doing that.

This is actually a really fun problem to deal with—when you go looking for things with this mindset, you'll find yourself enjoying more of your stuff (burn those fancy candles already!) or actually finding your house filled only with objects you really love.

Choose experiences over things.

I work for a company that's all-in on the idea that experiences are superior to possessions—at Eventbrite we call this the experience economy, and millenials are rocking it. I would much rather do something I've never done before and build memories with others than simply receive an object as a gift.

And in cutting down my possessions, I can attest that gifts carry the most guilt—so please, no more stuff.

 

More than our parents' generation, I'm excited by the idea that success no longer needs to be showcased through impressive possessions. I don't need an impressive TV or radio or massive DVD collection—I have access to everything I need on my computer and phone. 

Ownership fuels classism and it's increasingly unnecessary. Instead, common technology has allowed us to shrink our lives—and I intend to enjoy it.