Last Thursday I announced I was ready to undertake a project to pare down my belongings and live simpler in Living with Less, Week 1: Setting the Agenda. Once I realized the amount of work I had ahead of me, I sought advice from Mo + Mo Living: "Go through your entire space and pare it to what you find essential, valued, and beautiful. Donate the rest," she said. And so I began with my clothes, coats and shoes.
When it comes to a small living area, sometimes more is, well, more. Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day used to live in an apartment that was 500 square feet, and called her living room "essentially a small seating area." Instead of keeping it bare, she did the opposite, decorating with her favorite books, paintings, and light fixtures. The result makes the space feel stylish and welcoming, despite the size.