Paris is full of teeny apartments. There’s a certain simplicity to living in a 300+ square-foot (30sq meter) place. It’s not luxurious, but it is full of the necessities.
We were blessed to find an apartment that was newly renovated here in Paris. It’s reasonable price and it’s comfortable. We have a tiny kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and main living space.
Perks of having a small kitchen: small portions and small grocery store hauls. We have a small typical fridge, which does not house a lot of food. We have realized we do not waste food much at all. Nearby is an “open-air” market on Thursday’s and Sunday’s every week, where you can buy fresh unpackaged produce. We do purchase packaged items from the grocery store, however a store called Day by Day that sells bulk unpackaged goods is opening nearby our flat. Either way, our trash has lessened being here, mainly because we don’t have spoiled leftovers and things that are forgotten in the back of the fridge.
Living in a small place has been an adjustment in our lifestyle. We must do laundry every few days because of the size of the machine and the fact we need to air dry everything. We don’t have much time apart because we have less distance in our flat. We are cooking meals that are fresh and portioned correctly. We have less storage space for purchasing things that are unnecessary. We have close neighbors so we have to more mindful of them.
In general there’s a lot of “pros” to living in a small apartment. Here are some of my favorite pros.
- Less to clean. Which is a real time saver! I can accomplish other activities in the extra time I have now.
- Less needless purchases from stores. I don’t go shopping for trinkets because I don’t have space for them!
- Doing more together as a family. We don’t have much privacy so we tend to do more together.
- Minimalism in a small place makes you feel happier and more free. I wake up happy to see white walls and less clutter.
It has been a really good adjustment and we have enjoyed it so far. Have you thought about downsizing your living space? If so, do it! You won’t regret it!