If you asked most people what the first thing they would buy if money was no object, there’s a pretty good chance that some variation on “a really big house” would be their first answer. And that’s a pretty understandable desire. After all, who wouldn’t want a home with lots of rooms and a huge amount of space everywhere you go? Sadly, that’s just not the reality that most of us get to live in and most of us have to make do with the space that we have. However, that doesn’t mean that you have to be limited to being completely cramped and miserable all of the time. With that in mind, here are some ways that you can start to really make the most of a smaller space.

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Get creative with storage

One of the biggest issues that a lot of people have when they live in a smaller home is that they simply don’t have enough space to put all of their stuff. The best thing you can do in this situation is to get creative with how you’re storing things. There are plenty of pieces of furniture that you can get that will help with that. Ottoman beds provide extra storage space and you can often find nooks and crannies around any home that work perfectly for storing things away. That way you don’t have to spend all of your time worrying that you’re going to trip over things.    

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Learn to live with less

Of course, if you really want to solve your problem of not knowing where to keep your stuff, you could always just get rid of it. Most of us have far too much junk that we really don’t need filling up our homes. Why not, instead of hoarding everything, you just go through it and decide what you actually want to keep and what can you can stand to throw away. You might have to be kind of brutal but learning to live with less can not only free up more space in a small home but it can also be surprisingly therapeutic.

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Embrace it!

Of course, there is one more option when it comes to living in a smaller space: embrace it! There’s so much charm to be squeezed out of living in a smaller home that a larger one simply can’t match. Walls covered floor to ceiling with books, that warm and cozy feeling only a home like that can give you. Instead of wishing you had something else, why not learn to love your little home and embrace the things that give it so much personality.

The truth is that if you spend all of your time feeling miserable about not having a huge house then you’re going to miss out on so much of your own life. Sure, a mansion would be perfectly nice, but there’s no reason to waste your life away wishing that you had something else when you could just enjoy what you’ve got.