If you’re a city dweller, there’s a point when you reach a crossroads in your relationship with your (probably tiny) apartment, and that point comes when tiny humans are added to the equation. The question then becomes: Try to make it work in the place that’s suited you well up to that point, or cut and run for wider horizons—and more space?
When they had their first baby, Alison Mazurek and her husband, Trevor, opted for the former: to try to make it work in the 600-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment they loved in Vancouver. But to do it, they’d have to give up a few things. (Mazurek chronicles the ongoing process in her aptly named blog, 600 Sq Ft and a Baby, though she now has two kids.) We asked Mazurek what she had to give up but doesn’t miss. If you’re downsizing or trying to fit a growing family into a small space, take it from Mazurek: These things you can live without.
1. Books and magazines.
Remember that there are places where you can rent what you need—and return it (no storage needed) when you’re done. “We got rid of most of our books and magazines and now use the library, audiobooks, or give them away once we are done. We use ‘the one, in one out’ rule now (except for kids’ books),” Mazurek says.