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Couple Move Into Tiny Apartment for More Freedom

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This tiny apartment story is a guest post by Sally and Nikita of Yuppies In Paradise

We are a young couple who downsized from 1,000 square feet into a 400 sq. ft. tiny apartment.

Part of our reason for downsizing our life was to save money so we could quit our jobs and travel around the globe for a few years, which we are about to do in a few months.

You can enjoy the full tour of our tiny apartment and re-share it below if you want to. Thank you!

Couple’s 400 Sq. Ft. Tiny Apartment


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Video Tour of Our 400 Sq. Ft. Tiny Apartment

Our blog post features a full write up of the spacial details of our apartment, how we adjusted and downsized, and tips we use to live in the small space.

Learn more: http://yuppiesinparadise.com/travel-blog/look-inside-tiny-apartment/

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  • Jessica
    February 20, 2015, 2:48 pm

    YES! We live in a huge 2 bedroom apartment that we pay way too much for. I find it amazing that they will be saving enough to travel for a few years. Down sizing is the way to go. I’m inspired 🙂

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:09 pm

      Happy to inspire you Jessica! Down sizing is definitely the way to go, and I can guarantee that if you decide to take the plunge to a smaller place you’ll love the results and your downsized lifestyle 🙂

  • Bev
    February 20, 2015, 5:03 pm

    I love the character of this home coupled with the smart living Ikea products. What a winner!

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:09 pm

      Thanks Bev! We love it too!

  • Marsha Cowan
    February 21, 2015, 10:42 am

    Really cute! The furniture is very pretty and practical, and I love the stainles steel in the kitchen. Cool place!

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:33 pm

      Thanks Marsha! Glad that you noticed our furniture. You definitely don’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for functionality when it comes to furniture anymore. We also love stainless steel kitchenware, it goes with just about anything!

  • Susan
    February 21, 2015, 10:53 am

    Looks wonderful. Happy to see the younger generation getting rid of “things”. I’m not as young, but have been working on “Purging” more everyday, and hope to live a more simple life, in a much smaller space….some day.

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:34 pm

      Thanks Susan! Yes, purging can be hard, especially if you’ve built up a lot of stuff over time, but the results are well worth it.

  • Lisa E.
    February 21, 2015, 11:25 am

    Very impressed with this couple’s common sense and practical approach to their lives. Love the Ikea racks and will plan to have them in my THOW build.

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:36 pm

      Yes! The Ikea wall racks system are versatile, practical, and inexpensive. I also think they add character to your walls in a way that’s also functional. Thanks Lisa!

  • Karen R
    February 21, 2015, 2:10 pm

    Everything they need and want, nothing they don’t.

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:37 pm

      Exactly! Simplified living in a nutshell. Thanks Karen!

  • Elle
    February 21, 2015, 3:08 pm

    Excellent video presentation. I too like the older (and very old) dwellings. They have so much character within -and out. What a lovely job you did furnishing your beautiful little home. So many wonderful, space-saving features leaving your home completely functional without taking up all the space. The bigger bedroom is a great idea. It offers a nice, private area and a retreat which is important when living with someone else in a small space.

    The cozy little home and video are outstanding. Thank you for sharing and best wishes for a magical journey in your travels.

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:40 pm

      Elle, thanks so much for your kind words! And yes, I didn’t even realize it, but the bedroom offers a second area to retire to for some alone time- important when you share such a small space with another person! We’re so glad you like the video, and you really get what we were trying to do with our tiny apartment 🙂

  • Brenda
    February 21, 2015, 5:04 pm

    I love your home, I am really thinking about building one You are so right about the more space the more you will buy. may I ask where is the television?

  • Geordiegirl
    February 21, 2015, 6:24 pm

    Not sure that 400 sqft is tiny, our house in UK was 500 sq feet…total…and there was an entire development with houses the same size….

  • MPaula
    February 21, 2015, 7:57 pm

    Great ideas, especially vertical storage, and I want that dresser!

    • Sally
      February 22, 2015, 5:42 pm

      Thanks MPaula! Vertical storage is where it’s at. The dresser is actually from Pier 1, I got it over 10 years ago- vintage!

  • Melanie
    February 22, 2015, 11:32 am

    Love the idea!

  • Debbie
    February 26, 2015, 1:32 pm

    Hi, Sally…LOVE the chest in your bedroom. can you tell me where you got that? would sure like to have one just like it. thanks!

  • carl
    April 13, 2015, 1:09 am

    i don’t think 400 square feet it “tiny” i used to live in a 530 square foot condo, and it was quite large and roomy.

  • SteveDenver
    May 22, 2015, 1:44 pm

    Their priorities are similar to mine: Experiences trump Stuff.
    I’ve helped people move and count count the tons of furniture and boxes and clothes that were not used, not useful and baffled me. When people figure out how much they are paying to house STUFF, it really bothers many of them.

  • Jan
    May 22, 2015, 3:28 pm

    A few words for those of us who choose to keep our pretty “stuff”,,, I am first an Artist, decorator and collector. I love having my things in my small duplex in So. Ca. If these things make me happy,,, like I rearainge them some times for a new look, why not? I am 71, was an antique collector seller for years,, I also have many paintings, some are mine, some are good art from second hand stores. Sooo three cheers ! ! ! for those of us who can change the scenery within our small homes. I also decorate the yard, patio and am growing veggies in my flower beds! I have over 100 corn plants growing right now,and with food prices going up,,,, it helps,, planting potatoes also, green beans etc. I have a full life and even a toy box for the great grand kids!
    So , to each his own, we collector’s are tired of getting bashed for our choices.

    • Patty
      May 22, 2015, 3:50 pm

      I, too, am a collector and seller of collectibles, but I have to get down to a manageable quantity. I agree that we need to have what makes us happy and comfortable and that is different for each person. I even believe I could live in half my space (843 sq ft) and still have my favorite things. My dream is to go through the house and pick favorites to take with me to a tiny house and leave the rest for an estate sale. I think we can have it both ways, Jan. God bless you for recognizing what makes you happy.

  • Patty
    May 22, 2015, 3:42 pm

    I like what you have done. I am 65 and have too much stuff – inherited & acquired – in an 843 sq ft 2 bd home. Though it isn’t tiny it is small and downsizing is definitely my plan. I will keep your ideas in mind. Hope you continue to love your small space.

  • Elle
    May 22, 2015, 8:22 pm

    If you’re a George Carlin fan (God rest his soul), check out his sketch on “Stuff” -very funny. 😀

  • Susanne
    May 24, 2015, 8:21 pm

    Hello, Jan! I personally have never gotten the impression that people with stuff are being bashed-I am not in a Tiny House and so with kids have a house (attic stuffed!) full…the idea is to change our way of thinking in order to reduce material things, thus reducing square footage; equals less bills, more savings. I dream of decorating my future Tiny House with beautiful hand-made, one-of-kind creations made from local artists (NOT made in China) which I will be able to afford since I downsized. See? Good for me, great for local economy…in addition to using made in USA materials for the Tiny House also, as much as possible. A win-win situation. 🙂

  • JT
    May 22, 2016, 5:03 pm

    John Thompson ·
    Vertical storage – so obvious to me, but nobody does it. The chest of drawers is a great touch in that regard. Also, anybody who fails to use mirrors is missing out big time. Your brain isn’t hard to fool. Nice place with plenty of room for office/hobby/whatever in br.

  • Lisa E.
    May 23, 2016, 12:46 am

    If they are going to travel, then why the apartment and furniture?
    Why not invest in a tiny house and travel? Or, if they are going abroad, put their stuff in storage and backpack Europe.

    • Saga
      May 23, 2016, 11:39 am

      As I understand, they have lived in the apartment for at few year while saving for their travels. Living small allowed them to save up more.

      Why they don’t travel in a THOW or backpack? Because they chose to travel in another way. Because they chose to travel the way, they prefer.

  • george
    May 24, 2016, 12:36 pm

    smart girl …..this is the only way to save money….tell me something ..when you get tired and have to move i am sure the vehicle must be an issue… is your partnet a mechanic if something goes wrong??

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