We get a lot of "One Bathroom! And Four Daughters??" Yep.
Put whatever spin on it you want: sustainable living, simple living, vintage living, etc... We choose to live in a smaller home. So how do we do it? I am still figuring it out, but I'd love to share what I have learned, and what I am learning.
Common sense tells you that if you live in a smaller space you need to have less "stuff"-and boy do we love our "stuff"! We had to really limit our collecting and many of you know when you love vintage it is hard to pass any up. We ask ourselves "Do I absolutely LOVE this piece?" if the answer is no, then we don't buy/keep it. Headvases? Not any more. Tiki masks? Nope. Roseville? Stopped-but kept some. Books? We sold many, this we regret. Royal Copley? Gone. Collectible toys? The first to go. You get the picture. There are sacrifices to living small.
My biggest weapon in keeping the 'a place for everything and everything in it's place' rule is shelving and storage pieces. Not your typical Ikea storage solutions, but items that are functional and fit the character of our home.
Built ins are wonderful
A secretary with glass display. Full of stationary, paper, stamps, envelopes etc...
This buffet houses our school work, photographs, linens and randomness.
A vintage treasure chest of pieces we just can't part with.
Books! and an old bar that once doubled as our TV cabinet.
Flat files for artwork.