Small space living – scan and store your papers

You’re probably wondering what on earth a post about small spaces is doing on a blog about the Aude in France. It’s not as weird as it seems. (Or maybe it is – but it seems like a good idea.) I’ll get back to this in a minute.

About two weeks ago I moved into a tiny bachelor apartment. It’s about 18.2 m2 or 195 sq feet. The ‘main’ room is about 8 m2 and that’s for living and sleeping. The rest is tiny kitchen and small bathroom.

A couple of months before I moved my daughter added me to a Pinterest board she had started for a friend – For Small Spaces – and she and I have been pinning like mad women. Mostly it’s about organizing your space. When we find a good ideas on the internet or on a Pinterest board, we pin it.

Today I was thinking about how to organize ‘workish’ stuff and started looking at rolling carts. I realized that buying a cart just added something else to a very small space and that my goal was to not have more stuff.

Pile of papers

Pile of papers

Then I had a EUREKA! moment. Why was I saving pieces of paper. I should scan the things I might need and store them digitally. Brilliant. Had no one thought of this before? Could this possibly be a new idea?

I did a quick Google search and didn’t find anything. Yes! I had an original idea! (A subsequent search led me to an article in Apartment Therapy with a good infographic to help you to decide what to pitch, scan, or store.)

I said that I’d get back to why I thought it was ok to post this on Aude France. I lived in two houses in France and they were both small, one a lot smaller than the other, and I’ve posted hundreds of village houses for sale on Aude France Property. One thing most of them have in common is that they don’t have a lot of storage space and they aren’t very big.

It makes sense to me to have tips about living in small spaces here. I was always trying to make the house more user friendly and keep it relatively uncluttered looking.

If you have any tips let me know. I’m still searching.

About Sam

Sam started Aude France as a companion site to her real estate site Aude France Property so that she could have a place to write about life in the Aude. Now that she's in Canada she writes about things that can affect owners and buyers in the Aude - or anything that strikes her fancy. On Pinterest you can find her by searching for Sam Mooney or clicking this link
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