Simplicity is not buying more storage units

I like to read about interior design, sometimes in traditional magazines but often through websites like ApartmentTherapy or BHG (aka Better Homes & Gardens).  Small-space and eco-friendly living has definitely hit the mainstream, so it’s not unusual for photos to feature micro apartments and edible gardens.

But often “small space solutions” really means “how to cram more stuff into a tighter space.” My pet peeve lately has been commenters who vent their spleens over Americans** building huge houses to hold all their mass-produced goods, then proceed to  recommend Ikea’s mass-produced goods for storage.

Below are some of my self-imposed rules about décor:

Don’t have enough space? First weed out and pare down.

Want matching glassware and utensils? Don’t buy them new; charity shops have plenty of kitchenware (and picture frames, vases, etc.)

Feel everything is dated? Concentrate on what truly needs replacement; e.g. worn-out flooring or broken blinds. Trends come and go, but a practical upgrade has longevity.

**NOTE: Even if the poster acknowledges that consumerism is a problem in other countries, it’s always viewed as a disease spread intentionally by Americans.  Additionally, the majority of American builders were building “right-sized” homes with green options and fewer luxuries in 2009.


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  • Photo Gallery: Luxe Condo Decorating Ideas from Canadian House & Home .  When I lived in various rinky-dink apartments, CH&H was a dream book of elegant urban flats and renovated vacation cottages.  I still like how wood and other natural elements are used.