300 sq ft in pictures

I’m sure many people who stop by are interested in exactly how someone lives in a tiny apartment.  I thought I would share how I do it.    The only furnishings I brought with me when I moved were my bed and a table that had belonged to my grandparents.   Grab your cup of tea, or coffee, and come for a tour.

There are several things I want to change in due time and then will have before and after pictures here for you to compare, but for now you can see the apartment as it currently is.

Let me welcome you to my front door.

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The view from the entrance.  In this picture, below, you can see what we call the living room, the love seat was carried in when college students moved and left it behind.  The ottoman cost me $1. both will be recovered to suit my tastes soon, I hope.

You can also see the kitchen. Lots of storage right?  🙂  See the cabinet to the far right, that stores my food, dishes, extra bedding and even books.   Don’t mind the pile on the floor those are Christmas presents packed up to deliver on Christmas morning. That spot is where my chest freezer will go when I finally buy it.  I keep hoping to find one used.

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Another view from the entrance.  Here you can see the corner of my bed, a nightstand I made from cutting a desk in half.  The bottom holds library books.  The table that holds my computer belonged to my grandmother.  Under the table you can see a black storage ottoman, it holds all my craft items.  And then you can see the hallway which leads to the bathroom, the closet is on the right you can almost see the entry to the closet next to the cabinet.   What you see between the desk and the nightstand are tables that the children can pull out, they frequently eat and color on them.

Note:  I don’t keep a chair in front of the desk because I am disabled and normally use the wheelchair to sit in,  the grand kids drag a stool over, or adults pull out the storage ottoman from underneath to sit on when they use the desk.

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From the other side of the room this is what you would see.  The art on the door was done by my grand daughter, the coat rack was a shelf I found and added inexpensive hooks.  If any one is wondering what that wooden pole is, I will explain, it is used to break up ice on the side walks rather than using salt, which isn’t very good for the environment.  Next to the love seat on the left, pretty much hidden except for the plant sitting on it,  is a nightstand my daughter-in-law was getting rid of, I painted it and now use it for an end table.  An inexpensive rug shows guests where they can leave their shoes.

To the right of the love seat you can see a small round table, this was being tossed out when a neighbor moved.  It folds up flat, so when I don’t have company it slides between the computer table and the tall cabinet where no one notices it.

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Another view from the other side of the room.  Pretty self explanatory, this is my bed, nicely tucked in by the window allowing me to wake to the morning sun.  That’s an aloe on the night stand, I might actually lose the original piece of it.  Check out my green page for how I use aloe.

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Here is another picture of the entry way, sorry for the lighting, the light from the window causes problems with the lighting in photos.  To the left of the door is a shelf a relative no longer wanted, I painted it black and store children’s toys, coloring books, and this time of year all the scarves and gloves in the basket.  The top I have for displaying seasonal items such as cut flowers or now candles and twigs.

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That’s it for now.  I will add bathroom pictures soon.

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90 thoughts on “300 sq ft in pictures

  1. I LOVE these pictures. Everything looks so cozy and nice. Usually small spaces feel so cramped to me, but yours doesn’t seem that way at all – it seems airy and nice. I love that color blue!

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  2. Looks like you’ve made the most of 300 sq. ft.! Hope you can find the freezer you want soon.
    May I suggest a large, deep basket on top of the storage cabinet? It would be great for items you don’t want to look at but need to have.
    Do you have a closet?
    Such a warm, cozy space! Thanks for showing us!

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    1. I have thought about a storage basket up there, and actually have one that keeps getting re-purposed around the here, but I am disabled and would have trouble lifting the basket up there, down well I could drop it but gravity is helpful to me. Right now I have a couple of trays we use for company to set food on.

      I do have a closet, it’s quite small you can see it here. It’s one of the areas I want to change, but it works and eliminates the need for dressers in the living space.

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  3. I love this! When my apartment is presentable (i.e., I have really cleaned it and done another purge), I hope to do a post like this. Thank you for inviting me into your home on your blog!

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    1. Glad you came for a visit, it wasn’t clean by my terms, but I felt I was never going to have a moment when it was both clean and had enough lighting to take photos, so I decided if I didn’t do it now I may never do it. I look forward to seeing pictures of your apartment.

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  4. Wonderful place! Now that I am an empty nester, my house (800 sq ft x 2 levels = 1600 sq ft) seems huge. Our kid has a bachelor apt measuring 15 x 17 feet, and I enjoyed helping to set it up, but as a couple, Rom and I would not go that small!

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    1. Your son’s apartment is smaller than mine! I would have had fun setting it up too, I was always a closet interior decorator 🙂 Your home sounds huge to me. Even raising my boys we lived in half that space and when one was gone it would feel huge. The point is that if that works for you, then it’s the right size.

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  5. I was looking at your pictures again (I’m intrigued by your clever use of space) and I noticed the picture over your bed. Is that ‘Rainbow Row’, Charleston, SC?
    I live near Charleston.

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    1. Yes it is. I did that in cross stitch. SC is a beautiful state, but I can’t stand the humidity you get in the summers. There is something special about Charleston so when I found that pattern I had to have it.

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      1. I recognized Rainbow Row too! I live in South Carolina! Daughter lives on the beach in Charleston area, getting married in a couple of months! Small world!

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        1. I am surprised by the number of people who recognize the Rainbow Row houses. Some have lived near there, like you, others have taken vacations and visited that particular area. Congratulations to your daughter. Will she be getting married on the beach? I sure would.

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          1. She lives 3 blocks over from the ocean. The wedding will be on the marsh side, the marsh between Folly River and the ocean. It is a lovely park with a long boardwalk/dock.

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    1. I do live next to the beach, it’s directly across the street from my apartment.:-) You can see one view of it from here. For years I decorated with a natural look, mostly browns, but moving here I am including more color into my space and using more white, like the blanket on the bed. I think it’s a reflection of the happiness that I feel living here my life seems brighter and much more fun and I wanted to include some fun surprises in the decorating.

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    1. Isn’t it fun to have the bed in the Living Room? We find it works wonders with the grand children. With two 4 year olds it’s hard to sit and play with them at the same time, and with my disability I am no longer able to get on the floor, my favorite place to sit, so we sit on the bed to play games and curl up together to read.

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  6. Very inspiring to see what life looks like in 300sq feet. I would love to live in a place like yours someday! Our modern society is so convinced that bigger is better, but I believe that you’ve proved that wrong. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you I hope my space can inspire you and show you it can be a good choice for many. I have been very happy here and hope more people like you consider looking at smaller spaces, even if not as small as mine.

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    1. Thank you Terri. It’s nothing to grace the pages of a magazine which kept me from posting pictures early on, but finally I decided to show that while I don’t have any thing expensive or fancy in here, you can have comfort in a small space and hoped some people considering downsizing would see that.

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  7. My living space is humble. An interior design friend came here a while back and said I like “functional” and that truly describes me. Thanks for braving it and posting photos of your home.

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    1. I think humble is perfect! I’m not sure when exactly we began decorating our homes to match what can be found in magazines over function, but it’s sad. Sure I like to have beauty around me, but that doesn’t mean I have to have the most expensive furnishings or lots of little things cluttering up every available space. I would love to see what your home looks like, I bet I would feel right at home in your rooms.

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    1. It does feel rather spacious. When I first looked at the apartment without the furniture I had my doubts that I would be able to fit what I wanted in the space, it looked so small, but I was able to break it into sections and realized it wasn’t as small as it looked. It is funny that everyone who saw it empty thought it was tiny, but once I moved all my things in they said it looked much bigger

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  8. An interesting and inspiring journey. We are all surrounded by so much stuff that uses up a large part of attention that could go towards so many more important things. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Home is where your heart is Lois and this one clearly shows that. Just read about you over at Brenda’s and I truly admire you for your bravery (yes, I think how you live your life is truly a brave feat). Hope I can be as brave as you someday and learn to let go of my things. For now, your living that dream for me. Thanks. 🙂

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    1. Welcome, Vel. I woke to find Brenda’s post about me and was so shocked, glad you stopped by and hope you get to live the dream you desire soon. Once I started to let go of things it got much easier. The hardest for me became the gifts people gave me over the years, I was so afraid of hurting some one’s feelings. In the end it all worked out.

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  10. I popped on over from Cozy Little House, and I have to says I so admire your cozy living quarters… my hubby and I live in a small house, not as small as yours, but by today’s standards, small… I also try to recycle as much as I can… and living in a semi-remote area, I am mindful of the containers I buy products in, to determine if they are accepted for recycle in our community (not all are)… living simply and recycling is not always easy, but it is easy on my peace of mind… thank you.

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    1. Heather, it’s good to meet you. I love meeting new people who have chosen to live smaller and who think about their choices. I started out with the goal of reducing my trash to zero and recycling everything, but then I realized how much energy it took to recycle some things and began to try to reduce that as well. I have been limited physically by things I found creative and enjoyed until I realized I could collect smaller items and restore them while at the same time saving the landfills of things that still had life in them. Now I stay busy and feel great about it. It’s one little step at a time, and I think you are doing great and helping the planet as well, thank you!

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  11. I too am visiting from Brenda’s blog today after reading all about you. I love your pictures of your home. When you hear 300 sq ft, I couldn’t live in that, but looking at your pics it is so spacious looking. I once lived in a duplex with a murphy bed, and I loved that little place! Thanks for sharing your place w/us! Annette T

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    1. Thank you, Annette. It does sound really small when we hear about people buying much larger homes, but it doesn’t feel as small once you put everything in place. When I first looked at the apartment I had to visually measure the things I wanted to bring with me because it really did look too small.

      I have considered a Murphy bed a few times, but this has worked out fine, I’m sure you have some really fond memories of your duplex.

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  12. Your apartment looks so warm and cozy! It truly looks like the space that a happy person lives in. I love all the blue colors! Read about you from Brenda. So glad I found your blog!

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    1. Hi, Lottie. While Brenda loves her red, here blue is dominant with just touches of red through out. I’m glad my place comes across as a place where a happy person lives, that means it does reflect how I feel at this point in my life.

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  13. Somehow I missed it when you added this page of pictures – what a cozy space you have created! I always think I could easily live in less space too. Before I was married I lived in a tiny apartment and absolutely loved it.

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  14. Thanks for sharing your home! It’s beautiful! I’m always looking to pare down my household goods and have this crazy dream that one day I’ll be able to fit everything in a travel trailer and tour the US a la Steinbeck in Travels with Charley.

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    1. Hello, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures of my apartment. I too have the dream of ling in a RV, although a small one, which would allow me to move back and forth between the two towns my children live in and give me more time with my grand child who lives out-of-town for me now. If I ever did, I would still need to pare down the larger pieces of furniture, but the rest would fit easily, I think.

      I hope you find your dream and enjoy the lifestyle.

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    2. Hello, I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures of my apartment. I too have the dream of ling in a RV, although a small one, which would allow me to move back and forth between the two towns my children live in and give me more time with my grand child who lives out-of-town for me now. If I ever did, I would still need to pare down the larger pieces of furniture, but the rest would fit easily, I think.

      I hope you find your dream and enjoy the lifestyle.

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  15. I truly enjoyed this post and loved the photos. As many have mentioned, your living space looks quite comfortable and cozy. I also live in a small apartment but I think I have a little more space than you cause I have a separate bedroom and storage room which I converted into a home office/get-away. Once again thanks for sharing and I really am enjoying your insights. Take care and all the best.

    Lyle

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    1. Lyle, thanks for visiting. Yes, your home would be larger than mine, but since I enjoy being outdoors the open space to garden and the beach across the street make up for it to me. I like your idea of converting your extra space into an office I do miss that some days, not much, but going into a separate area designated just for work keeps me on task.

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    1. Bethany, I didn’t realize you had never seen the pictures of my apartment. I do love it here, its a perfect fit, then adding the back field and beach across the street I don’t want to live any where else. I hope you find your perfect space too.

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  16. That was an absolutely marvelous tour of your place *smiles* … 300 sqft looks grand the way you have described things…and that some of your furniture are things from your family … I like that nod nods.

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  17. I love seeing how people live, what a pretty and comfortable home you have there – the location sounds idyllic!
    I wondered where you cook, as I didn’t see a stove/oven anywhere? Or did I miss something?
    Anyway, thanks for showing us all your place 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Swiss Rose,comfortable is what I wanted in the apartment. I put off sharing pictures as my place doesn’t look like the homes normally featured but then decided why not. No the apartment didn’t come with a stove or hook-ups for one. I almost didn’t take the apartment for that reason, then realized that I rarely ever baked so all I would need was a hot plate. But before I purchased a hot plate I learned I could get buy with a rice cooker (which I reheat, make soups, chili, oatmeal, etc) anything you could cook on a stove top you can cook in a rice cooker. So I saved the money and space by using what I had. I also have a slow cooker and a pot to heat water. It works and I like not having to clean a stove. 🙂 Since sharing the pictures the tiny fridge died on me, I learned they aren’t made to last and decided to try living without one. I found I really didn’t need one, but am replacing it with instead a small freezer. Even raising a family I always wished I could find a refrigerator where the freezer compartment was larger than the fridge portion. Any leftovers will simply be frozen which eliminates my need to eat the same food daily till it is gone and eliminates all food waste.

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      1. How minimalist and very logical! I think that’s a really smart solution for your needs. I use an electric kettle a lot for hot water, as do most Brits; they’re only just catching on here in Europe. My granny didn’t have a fridge until she inherited ours in the 70s and only really needs it for milk or meat. I see your freezer logic, though I find I don’t use mine much, but I could quite happily have an even smaller fridge than I already do (by US standards!)… I would miss an oven, but it was ok for the 2 wks we spent in a holiday flat with only 2 hotplates; I got quite creative!

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          1. What a sweet lady. I envy her, if I had known earlier what I know now just think of all the electricity I could have saved. One thing I have found interesting since changing my lifestyle is that when the power goes out I rarely know about it until someone tells me, and then I just smile feeling I have found some independence from the grid. 🙂

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        1. Your grandmother sounds like someone I would love to know, and pick her brain on all the things she learned by doing without. I have one cookbook I love it’s a vegetarian slow cooker book which shows you how to bake so much in a slow cooker from cakes and breads to other desserts. You couldn’t do large scale baking in it, but one thing a day is possible. For cakes/breads you simply put a trivet in the bottom with a little water then set your pan on the trivet and bake. Amazing how simple and on hot days like we are having right now this would keep the house from heating up as it does with an oven.

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  18. Just found your blog and love it! Your home is beautiful, functional and my dream. I’m in a 900 sq. ft apartment at this time but when the last of my children move out I will definitely be looking to downshift even more. When I left my marriage I left a large home and I cannot believe all the extra time and energy I now have to do things that bring joy into my life. Thank you for sharing your life with me.

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    1. Lil, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed a little tour of the apartment and hope you find your dream home when you are an empty nester as well. I often have people tell me they thought 300 sq. ft. would be much smaller than it is. I believe it’s all in how much open space you leave to give the illusion of a bigger room. I have fit a lot in here, but don’t feel in the least bit cramped.

      I raised my 2 boys in a home just slightly smaller than yours at 840 sq. ft. I loved having a smaller home for my family, I believe we were closer and enjoyed more activities together. Yes, each of my sons had their own room to go to when wanting some time alone, but you could also find us all curled up in the living room either reading and having conversations about our books or doing our own thing but in the company of the rest of the family. There is something to be said about the lack of chores needed in a smaller home, I have never lived in a large home but can only imagine how much of my time would be spent cleaning and taking care of everything filling that space.

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  19. Thanks for the tour! I love your place–beautiful, functional, and easy!! We almost bought a place just a big larger than yours, and in some ways wish we had. But the people who did buy it are having bad humidity problems, so I’m glad we didn’t. And what ‘sold’ us on this place, is the garden…which here in Italy is a boon! On Friday, I will be planting our winter garden–lettuce, greens, new celery and parsley, and whatever else strikes my fancy! It saves us a lot of € and at least we know what we’re eating!

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    1. Thank you so much. It works well for me and has everything I need and nothing I don’t, although I wouldn’t mind having a separate place I could work on furniture year round. Can’t have everything. 🙂

      You lucked out in not buying the small house you looked at. I had looked at a home that was built mostly underground, turned out the people who bought it have had to go in and excavate the back wall at least 3 times to keep water from leaking in.

      when I first saw the front pictures of the home I thought it was sad you didn’t have any outdoor space….then I saw your backyard, wow. Enjoy your garden, mine is resting until spring now.

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      1. Oh my, those poor people! Actually, it was the garden that sold us on this place, and that’s a big money saver too! We also have a friend who is a building contractor, and he came down & looked this place over.

        Most people even when they show up at our door think we have no garden, until we take them through to it. They are always amazed too! The one drawback to it is there is no outside entrance–any gardening supplies have to get dragged through the house. But as you said, can’t have everything!

        I was wondering, I noticed you seem to live in an apt. How is it you have outdoor space for gardening?

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        1. That would be a drawback having to drag everything through the house but at the same time I think I would like that extra security measure.

          I do live in an apartment, the building sits on I believe it’s almost 4 acres of land but most of it was left to go wild. I asked when I moved here if I could do something with it and was given the go-ahead. Once the owner saw the seating area I carved out under the sumac trees he pretty much gave me the green light to do what I wanted back there. It’s been great, many of the neighbors have contributed plants, put in gardens, and come out to enjoy the outdoors and the opportunity to be away from the building.

          My town was once all farmland. Then the college was built and with it came more people but the roads are built in such a way that there is no access to this field unless you drive through the parking area of my apartment building so it was never developed once it was no longer farmed.

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          1. Wow! That’s great–4 whole acres. And I like the way it’s become like a community area. That’s a real blessing. So much can be done when one person takes the first step.

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          2. The land was a huge draw for me when I looked at the apartment, so was the lake across the street. The only drawback I had to consider at the time was the inability to have a stove. I went home and thought about it, looked at the stove I had and realized I cleaned the dust off of it more than I used it. 🙂 So I called and grabbed the apartment before someone else did.

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        1. I’ve thought about that. First it would hide the ugly board covering the opening that would be used for an air conditioner but it would have to be small as the window is so close to the top of the bed and I don’t want to close off any more light. I also have trouble getting curtains down on my own to launder which would be one of those things I would need to have help with.

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  20. Darling home – everything you need and nothing you don’t. I just came across this Ted talk which really brings home the good sense and benefits smaller living… worth watching!

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    1. Meighan, I love Adam’s TED talk. Thank you for sharing it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet. Adam gets his message across in such a humorous way. I especially enjoyed how he told of sitting down the night they brought their baby home and informed his wife he wanted a different life.

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    1. Meighan, thank you for sharing your post on the tiny houses. It brought back a lot of the memories from when I was trying to redefine my lifestyle.

      You have a lot of good ideas on how to get around the zoning and finding a lot to park on.

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