There are lots of ways to do more with less and use minimum space for maximum living; having less space means hoarding less stuff, using fewer resources and maximizing the functionality of what we can fit. Sounds great in theory, but it isn't always so easy to pull off in real life.

Strategies like choosing digital over paper whenever possible, eliminating duplicates, using spaces for more than one function and making regular round through your stuff, getting rid of whatever you haven't touched in over a year will help keep the clutter down and make it easier to

be happy in a smaller space.

Shari, the proprietor of the blog My So-Called Japanese Life, knows (and lives by) these ideas all too well; as a Westerner living in Japan, she's had to adjust her lifestyle to match up with the way things work on the small island nation, not least of which is living in a small apartment. She has not one but two lists of tips for maximizing space efficiency and making smart choices about what you surround yourself with in your home. It doesn't matter if you aren't crammed into a small Japanese apartment; there's info in these lists that everyone can use to reduce your stuff and be happier with less.

Difficulty level: Easy to moderate