This is our current home, a 1996 16×80 (roughly 1, 280sq ft) manufactured home. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a large room consisting of the kitchen/living/dining rooms. It has a separate laundry area in front of the back door, but I wouldn’t call it a laundry room.
I told you all of that so that you know where we are and where we’re going. I honestly don’t feel like we’re losing anything because of how much we’re gaining once we move. I will talk about that later.
My first big idea is to use as much multi-use furniture and items as possible. Old dressers work great as TV stands and they can store almost anything. The right dresser will look classy in the living room. This is going to be especially beneficial to us since the kids will get the bedrooms leaving us in the living room on a fancy futon or pull out couch.
This one is easier for me than some others, but don’t keep things you don’t use. What-nots, furniture that doesn’t really serve a purpose, etc. Look around you and see what you haven’t used in the last six months or longer. If you haven’t used it yet then you don’t need it. In the words of Elsa, “let it go!”.
My last tip is to use your decor to tell your story. Use pictures, favorite pieces, and handmade items to achieve this goal. When you live in a small home you want to keep everything meaningful. Instead of buying a throw at Walmart, use one a family member made or make one yourself. It will change the look and feel of your home.
What helped you downsize? What are some favorite pieces in your home?