Bring on the large closet
Finally, a home trend I can get behind. Micro living, in apartments or condos smaller than 300 square feet. Yes.
Mind you, I don’t think the prices mentioned in that story are anything to get too excited about. Paying $300K for what is essentially a large closet is just not something young people or folks with average means can afford. But if we could build some that were less unaffordable, that’d be swell.
When I moved less than a year ago from a three-story detached house to an apartment that’s well under 800 square feet, I had a few palpitations. Would I be able to fit everything I wanted in? Would I feel suffocating? Would I find it too small?
Yes, no and nope.
For one thing, I practice “mindful consumerism”. That’s a fancy expression that means I don’t buy much stuff. I studied my furniture options very carefully, and took my sweet time buying what I would need. I had painstakingly studied the dimensions of my two rooms (plus open living/dining room area), and knew what would fit. I wanted a queen size bed because I can’t breathe right in anything smaller, but other than that was very happy to have small pieces.
It worked beautifully, if I say so myself. At any rate, I am very happy with the results. I don’t have much by way of decorative elements (two original paintings) and that’s it. I despise clutter, so keeping everything clean and spartan is no struggle.
I don’t keep DVDs, or very many physical books. I’ve thrown out a bunch of clothes I never wore. I only have a few kitchen accessories. I find it very liberating, to go from such a big house full of doodads to a small nearly naked apartment. I spend a lot less money on “home accents” or stuff to fill endless cupboards and shelves.
It’s a different lifestyle, for sure, but one I got used to very quickly. It didn’t even hurt at all. My space isn’t micro. It’s not even especially small. But looking at it today, after reading this piece, I could see reducing its size by at least 20 per cent and not feeling much difference. This kind of super small or micro apartment was not available in the area where I wanted to live, but nudge-nudge-wink-wink, maybe next time I might consider downsizing some more if the option was there.