Everybody, at one point or another, finds themselves in a small place. Either they’re transitioning to a new city, they’re moving out of home for the first time, or they got caught up in the Scandinavian tiny house hype, where you have these refrigerator-sized houses in vast swaths of use-able land. Whatever the reason may be, you need to adjust to the space you are living in. It may be difficult at first. Trust us, it takes a lot of willpower to part with the cool stuff you may have collected over the years. But it isn’t that bad once you get the hang of it. Here are some habits you need to end to keep your place as spacious as it can be.
Get a Storage Unit
The first habit you need to break, and this seems like a bit of an obvious one, is keeping everything you have in your place. You don’t have to hard everything in your one spot. You can expand that space. There are great storage units that are in every city. From Stamford to Hollywood, you can find great deals on secure storage units to free up some space. If you miss what the floors look like, you really should get to looking for a good storage unit. It is, essentially, more like an exchange room. You keep the motorcycle there, and you can use the train. The weekend comes up, you can take it for a spin. Riding out the end of your lease until you move to a new place? You can alternate between things in storage and your living space.
Stop Buying Useless Stuff
If you’re reading this, chances are you have an Amazon wishlist longer than your daily itinerary. Stop buying so much stuff! You don’t need it. You don’t need to get a brand new laptop for school. The old one works. You don’t need to buy a whole entertainment setup just so you can fill the spaces with figurines. Start to be a bit more frugal and conscientious with the things you’re buying. Yes, the newest, brightest thing will always be more seductive than what you have. The grass is always greener. But sometimes, having your living space suffer from it isn’t worth it.
Sell Your Collection, Already
Along the same vein as not buying so much stuff is the notion that everything you collect is going to be worth something in the future. That’s a stretch. Unless you have Ironman 1 in mint condition or a mint condition Babe Ruth baseball card, your collection probably isn’t going to go up in value anytime soon. Part with it. Think in terms of percentages. If you bought a comic book for 3 Pounds and now it’s worth 6, that’s a 100% increase. It’s not enough for dinner, but that’s an immediate sell signal. Do it.
Those are just a few of the main mindsets that eat up space. There are plenty more. In the end, what you want to do is give yourself a good mental once-over and scan what you’re doing. Clean out the habits first. Inevitably, once you do, your living space will clean out as a product of that reflection.