Not everyone dreams of living in a big mansion. People who choose to live in small spaces have a variety of reasons for doing so, whether that be finances, desiring a minimalistic lifestyle, or simply not wanting to clean five bedrooms and bathrooms at a time. As tiny homes and co-living spaces grow in popularity, even those who are not self-described minimalists are warming up to the idea of living with fewer things. If you’re considering downsizing your home, here are some ways you can make the most out of living in a smaller space.

Ignore the Rules

Forget everything our teachers taught us and throw the rulebook right out your second story window. One of the best ways to thrive in a small space is to look at everything you currently own and assess how it could best function within each room. For example, a desktop computer in your bedroom can double as a television. A couch and coffee table in your living room can transform into a cozy dining table for two. Even your shower rod could turn into an indoor clothesline. It’s all about using your creativity to make the most of what you’re given. That, I’m sure, your former professors can appreciate.

Use Multifunctional Items 

When you’re living with fewer items, it’s essential to maximize on the multifunctionality of everything in your space. Storage ottomans and cabinet drawers are a few examples of areas in your home that can help you stay organized and keep personal items stored away. Depending on the size of your home, you may want to consider investing in a wall bed so you can make the most of your living area during the daytime. Another testament to multi-use living is seen in garages with attached living quarters, where owners can work by day in their garage and utilize their living space at any time.

Say Goodbye to Clutter

One of the greatest benefits to living in a small space is learning to de-clutter. Often, home owners with more space will cram memorabilia and unnecessary junk into any unused room in their house, namely their garage and closets. Sometimes it can get to the point where people have accumulated so much junk, they don’t even know how to start removing it. With a smaller living space, you’re forced to consider every new purchase or decorative item and the value it brings to your home.

Look at Everything As If You’re Moving

If you were to move into a tiny living space today, what items would you bring and what would you get rid of? Think about it, because this is the exact mentality you would need to have while living in a smaller space. When visualizing the layout of your small home, look over everything you currently own to determine what should stay or go. Guaranteed you’ll feel better once you do!

Find a Home for Everything

Not everything you own will fit seamlessly into a smaller living space. Your beloved pool table and grand piano will most definitely have to go if you plan on purchasing a tiny home or small apartment. However, this doesn’t have to be a negative thing. The main purpose behind the process will be to show you what is most important in your life as opposed to what simply exists for added entertainment.

For more helpful tips on de-cluttering your space, be sure to visit this article from Good Housekeeping that will help you maintain an organized, minimalistic living area.