We all have different home requirements. Some of us like our homes to be small and cozy while others like it big and airy. But for us metropolitanites, forfeiting square footage is the price we have to pay for living in a big city full of ‘choices’. So what does one do to tidy up the space we have at our disposal and yet not sacrifice the aesthetics when living in a small home? Here are a few tips that might help.

1. Leave no surface untapped.

Let go of the cabinets, layers and layers of racks or bulky furniture. The market is brimming with creative, cute and quirky storage spaces. Make use of them. Add shelves above doorways especially if you have high ceilings. Line a room with a shelf high up on the wall. A funky way of bringing out the bookworm in you is to stash books and convert your hallway loft/wall into a library.

2. Use the Full Height of the Space

Ever heard of the ‘Living cube’? It’s for people like us who like to make the most of the space (or the lack of it). If your home ceilings are high enough, increase usable space by going for a bunk bed. See if you can add the ‘Living Cube’ twist to your bunk bed/ stairway and convert it to a storage compartment. An interesting usage of space is using a chest or an ottoman with storage inside, as a coffee table. Always remember that one of the most effective ways to save space is by using furniture that gets out of the way when not in use.

3. Make everything perform double duty.

Free up your kitchen counter, cabinets, and drawers. Create storage racks on the wall and use kitchen magnets to hang cooking utensils. An under-cabinet magnetic rack will turn useless space into a useful one.

4. Eliminate Clutter

Free standing tables and chairs (and furniture in general) take up a lot of space. Concentrate on less furniture, more built ins. Organize your shoes in an ottoman, convert your loft into racks, use foldable colored furniture. There are many ways to declutter your space. The most effective way to fit into a small space is to get rid of a whole lot of stuff and finding more than one purpose for your rooms.

If Harry Potter could live under the stairs, so can you. Recreate the interesting Bed Under Stairs concept, stretch your space to the outdoors by designing a welcoming patio, use fewer, larger pieces of furniture and accessories to reduce visual clutter, use bright lights and take advantage of wasted space with corner bookcases. Think monochromatic. Eliminate obstructions. Remember, your house need not be huge to look big. The idea is simple: the further you can see through a space, the larger it’ll seem.