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Lessons learnt on teeny tiny small space living.
If there’s one thing I’ve perfected this month, it’s the art of small space living. Having lived quite comfortably in the family home for 20 or so of my grand 23 years, I’ve become accustomed to having plenty of space, belongings and the like. However, Hong Kong is at quite the other end of the spectrum. Housing moves upwards, not out, and space maximising solutions are the done thing.

1. Declutter.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to get decluttering! Whilst it is a cumbersome task, I took the challenge on whilst balancing the final month in my last full-time job to relatively successful effect. Throw out anything you haven’t routinely used in a year or more. Keep 25% of your sentimental bits and bobs - cinema ticket stubs from 2007 can go. Streamline what’s left into keep, charity and friends piles.

2. Be clever about your storage.
I know it’s, like, lifestyle blogger law to own tons of acrylic storage and stockpile beauty boxes, but be clever about what you store things in. Acrylic storage looks pretty but in a small space, the clutter gets magnified. Consider stackable translucent boxes that can be popped into drawers and behind doors.

3. Furniture that is smarter than [insert celebrity here].
While this doesn’t apply to everyone, I was literally mesmerised when furniture shopping for my apartment here in Hong Kong. Countries that are accustomed to smaller spaces will always accommodate for said smaller spaces. From beds that are a tiny bit smaller to coffee tables that open upwards instead of out, and lower TV units to maximise wall space to MY dressing table that has - wait for it - 13 storage sections, shop around in places aside from Ikea to make your home work as hard as you do.

4. Get ruthless.
As that fateful designated cleaning day rolls around, be completely ruthless about throwing things away. Stop saving all of those pretty Space.NK, L’aduree and Selfridges bags. Upcycle your used candle glasses. Recycle your empty makeup packaging (if you’ve already filmed your haul). And the same goes for clothes! Did you buy a new T-shirt to replace that hole-infested one? Chuck the old one away.

5. Capsule wardrobe a’go’go.
*slow clap* Hell yeah, I did the capsule wardrobe thing. All those dreamy singular rails on Pinterest? One of those is now mine. 4 sweaters, 4 T-shirts, 4 camisoles, 4 shirts, 2 jeans, 4 jackets and leggings. That’s it. Minimising your wardrobe really helps to align your personal style and almost forces you to put a new stamp on your classics. Plus, more room to store random shit that you didn’t quite manage to sort out in #1 and #4 ;) There’s your get-out-of-jail-free card.

What are your top tips for small space living?


  1. I live in such a small space! I totally agree with decluttering! Everyone should live by this rule, no matter how big or small their living space is. I have under the bed storage as well as clear storage boxes in my wardrobe so I can see what everything is, and I have a tall stack of drawers in the bathroom. I do not know if if could minimise my wardrobe though!! x
    Maria's Adventures

  2. Wow now THAT is what you call a capsule wardrobe. I guess I have a self titled 'suitcase wardrobe' where all my clothes can fit in one suitcase. Haha! But I need to learn from you and condense my wardrobe even more now. (And I also think it's time for the big end of year decluttering!)

  3. Definitely! I aim to do a mini declutter once a week at the moment. Picking up some soft fabric boxes from MUJI at the weekend to get it super streamlined! I'm going to post a capsule wardrobe article soon so keep an eye out Maria ;)

  4. It was super painful to achieve though ;) shall be writing up a post for that soon - actually, it's already written I just need to shoot some photos. Easily the toughest thing I ever attempted!

  5. I literally had a clear out in my flat last night, I was in the kitchen cupboards and everything throwing things out! It's good to have a nosey in all the cubby holes in your home and be ruthless with what you really need. We also have one of those beds with the storage under the mattress, which is super handy for hiding rubbish haha.

    Hanh x | hanhabelle

  6. As a fellow small space dweller I agree with all of these tips! I've definitely decluttered and impulse purchases are somehow less appealing when you have nowhere to put them! x

  7. These are great tips, you sound so disciplined! My wardrobe is currently fit to burst with old clothes so I'm looking forward to that capsule wardrobe post :)

  8. Definitely! I find it super therapeutic to go through and clear out my things! All HK beds have four storage compartments under the bed hahah, like there's drawers in EVERY type of furniture you could think of :P

  9. Definitely! Gawd - did you see my Snapchat of what I'm working with? ;) BUT my kitchen is a smidge bigger than old one hahah x

  10. Thank you!! It was only discipline because I HAD to ;)

  11. I would love to try living in a little flat/studio, for some reason I have a thing for seeing how people store things/arrange their furniture when living in a small space.


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