Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Make it Pretty or Make it Disappear: 5 Tips for Tiny Living

We ran across this video from Daily Beast interviewing couple James Casey and Erin Boyle in their 240 sq ft Brooklyn Heights, New York apartment.

Even by Hong Kong standards, 240 sq ft–or 120 per person–is pretty damn small. Fittingly, the couple gave some advice for making the tiny space manageable.

  1. Creative storage. They use existing and nice objects for storage.
  2. Minimize waste. They minimize what comes in and out of the apartment.
  3. Go mini. Household supplies like their trash can and broom are on the small size.
  4. De-clutter. Even in a 240 sq ft space, the couple had a miscellaneous bin, but that bin was kept in a nice old wine box kept underneath their couch.
  5. Adaptability. They pointed to a couple Peshtemal Turkish towels that dry quickly (important when there are only two out at a time) and are pretty enough to be displayed.

Summed up, I’d say their advice is don’t have a lot of stuff and what stuff you do have make it nice, pretty or able to get out of sight.

The best part of the video is the practical demonstration that living an edited life requires no special equipment (there is not one piece of transforming furniture) or enormous budget.

Do you live in a tiny space? What advice would you add?

Via Daily Beast

  • She said something about the towels I can’t understand. Can someone write it here, please?

    • Carolyn

      She said that they have Turkish towels, because they dry quickly and are pretty to look at.

      • thanks for clarifying carolyn. more precisely, they are peshtamel towels as noted in text.

  • What advice do I have? Never ever display anything with a label on it…dish soap, shampoo, cereal…put it all in plain, beautiful containers. Makes a huge difference!