We’ve lived in our 32m² studio flat since December 2018 and as it was our first home together, we didn’t have too much stuff. However, while looking through ‘essential things you need for your first home’ lists, we had to be careful as we didn’t have the space that these blogs were clearly aimed at. 

When living in a small space, it’s all about prioritising, so what I think is useless might be a necessity for you. However, below is a list of some of the common household items that we’ve had no problem living without. 

1. Books

This is controversial if you’re a bookworm, but I donated most of mine when we moved in. We didn’t have space for a bookshelf and they were taking up room in drawers. 

I use Audible or borrow books from a library and friends. Of course, if you love books, then you’re never going to part with them, but if you have a few random ones you’re holding onto even though you’re never going to read them again, consider donating to loved ones or charity shops.

2. Kitchen drawers

This is obviously very niche, but when we moved in, we realised the builders hadn’t built drawers into our kitchen. Why? We have no idea.

However, with careful planning, you can adapt to any space or storage issues that come with living in a small home. You just have to think a little out of the box and look for innovative solutions.

For us, we chose to invest in Joseph Joseph kitchenware because its products are of good quality and perfectly designed for small kitchens. We use this cutlery holder in a cupboard, this cupboard mounted knife set and holder on the door and this utensil carousel set on our countertop.

3. A microwave

When you have limited countertop space, you need to pick what’s on it wisely. We didn’t have the space for a microwave and it hasn’t affected our cooking ability. 

Of course, there are a few times where we’d love to warm up a plate, pop some corn or heat up the milk. However, a microwave makes cooking certain things easier, rather than being the only way to do it.

4. Speciality appliances

As great as toastie machines are, you really don’t need one. This also goes for popcorn machines, air fryers, choppers or any other kitchen gadgets that you only use twice a year.

If you do need some appliances, make sure they’re multi-use. For example, we bought a Kenwood Multipro Compact for all our slicing, dicing and blending needs.

5. DIY tools

Whenever we have a DIY project, we borrow tools from my parents. Fortunately, they live minutes away because otherwise, we’d have nowhere to store a toolkit! 

It’s handy to have a few things but keep your kit limited. I’d recommend having a tape measure and a screwdriver bit set as a bare minimum. 

6. Lots of mugs 

If you have a small home, it’s unlikely you can seat enough people to justify having 35 mugs. If possible, keep all your cups similar so it’s easier to store and stack them.

7. Printer

I haven’t had a printer for years as most things are paperless now and when I need to print something, I use my office one. You can also use the library’s printer or a friend’s if you’re really stuck.

8. Dustpan and brush

I’ve never missed having a dustpan and brush because we have a cordless hoover which makes cleaning up quick and easy.

9. Spare bedding for guests

It might be nice to have your friends over, but if you don’t have a second bedroom, it’s unlikely to happen more than a few times a year. 

In these cases, we either ask our friends to bring their own bedding, or they can use our two blankets. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than storing another duvet and pillow for most of the year. 

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