Wow am I glad I decluttered now! My landlord has decided to sell the house I live in and so I need to find somewhere new. It has been a good little house and we were lucky to be there for three years but rent prices are going up and the market isn’t great so our new apartment will be a lot smaller. Which is ok – Because I decluttered! I think our things should happily fit wherever we decide to move.
I’m quite interested in well-designed small apartments. I get email updates from Life Edited and I am always fascinated by the clever designs people devise for living in smaller spaces. In London I once stayed in a hotel micro apartment designed for business travellers staying a month or two and it was so fantastically spaced out and equipped that I could have happily lived there permanently. In Ireland there are regulations that prohibit smaller living units under 592 sq. ft. but these are currently being reconsidered. while I am happy that politicians have decided to allow smaller units in controlled circumstances, I am offended by their comments that only ‘hipsters’ who couldn’t afford anywhere better would want to live in a small home in the city centre. Thinking that everyone should aspire towards moving to a large home to fill with stuff they don’t need is environmentally irresponsible. I welcome the move to build more apartments because we should be encouraging families and all sorts of people to embrace city living. Families with children probably don’t want one bedroom micro apartments but we should build our three or four bed well-designed apartments with onsite facilities in the building, not just for professionals sharing, but as a home for children. We should get over our aversion to building up in Dublin city in order to facilitate this further and apartment blocks should come with safe playgrounds, playrooms, and greenery.
I value being able to roll out of bed and walk to work in ten to twenty minutes. I value shops, cafes, and beautiful parks within easy walking distance. I value a small heating and electricity bill and no car to pay for. I value never having to spend time in traffic I could be spending with my partner. I value all these things more than space in suburbia that I would only have to fill with stuff I don’t need. What does the so-called perfect life in large living suburbia get you? More bills, less time with your loved ones and more stuff to be thrown into landfill. So stick me in a well-designed tiny apartment in the city please because I choose to live with less in order to love life more.