Secrets to living small

Two weeks ago my wife Shira and I welcomed our first child, Sammy, a gorgeous baby boy. We are of course absolutely thrilled, albeit a bit stunned by the sheer amount of stuff that comes with him. From a changing table and stroller to a car seat and breast pump, our modest two-bedroom apartment has transformed overnight to resemble a high speed collision between Magic Beans and Babies R' Us supply trucks the week before Christmas.

Simultaneously, I signed a new listing, for a two-bedroom, 726 square foot condominium in Boston's North End. Now, 726 square feet might not seem like much, but this condo makes it work supremely well with a combination of an efficient floorplan, built-in cabinets, multiple closets, and an extra storage space in the basement. (Planning to hit the market next week. Asking $559,840. Please contact me if you'd like more details.)

Which leads to the topic of this post. Since you can't very easily change the layout of your current home, here are some things you can do to maximize your space.

Top 10 tips for Living Small

Under bed storage boxes
10. Under the bed storage containers for out-of-season clothing. We got these from Ikea.
magnetic knife rack
9. A magnetic knife strip saves counter space vs a traditional knife block.
ziplock vacuum bags
8. The Ziploc Space Bag Vacuum Seal Bags are practically magic. We're storing extra comforters and blankets in a fraction of the space.
vertical shoe rack
7. Use your vertical space. This floor-to-ceiling shoe rack does the trick.
wall spice rack
6. A wall-mounted spice rack saves cabinet space, and makes it easy to be inspired for improvisational cooking sessions.
Cable and charger storage
5. If you're a technophile like me, you've got a tangled web of cables. Keep your most frequent cables organized and out of the way with adhesive wall hooks from 3M.
storage boxes
4. Plastic storage boxes are great for organizing supplies under the bathroom sink. These are also from Ikea.
measuring cups bar on wall
3. For frequently used baking tools, such as measuring cups and spoons, mount a bar with hooks for easy access.
Pots hanging from rack
2. Nothing takes up more cabinet space than all the awkward shaped pots and pans. A hanging rack both looks great and is very practical.