Just blocks from the coast, this renovated 1946 cottage has two bedrooms and one bath. The Dutch front door opens onto original wood floors and a living area with a vaulted ceiling and skylights. The kitchen has quartz countertops and a farmhouse sink. Bruce Miller, 949-689-8686
A redwood fence defines the front yard of this one‑bedroom, one-bath bungalow built in 1945. The sun-filled, eat-in kitchen has butcher‑block countertops. Previously approved plans for an apartment above the two‑car garage are included. Alison Eastman, 949-466-5408
Located in the Washington Square neighborhood, this updated 1925 Mediterranean home has two bedrooms, one bath, and stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen. The backyard has an in-ground fire pit, and the garage holds one car. Sarah Covarrubias, 714‑928‑1303
Caroline Dutchie, who runs an organizing business in Newport Beach, offers tips for thriving in a small home.
Use all areas including the walls for shelving and the back of doors for purse and coat racks. This gets stuff up and out of the way.
Make do with less
There’s no room for dead weight in a small space. It can be hard to let go of things, but there’s a sense of freedom that follows a big purge—less clutter, less anxiety.
Keep your space organized and livable by setting aside 10 minutes every morning to tidy up. That way you
can relax after work, or have friends over and not worry about the mess.
Furniture should serve dual purposes. A storage ottoman can be a place to sit and a place to store clothes. Or elevate the bed on risers for more storage below.