Published on January 6, 2020

Leave it to Muji to provide us with the fresh start we so desperately need this January. The Japanese apparel and homewares company, which has become synonymous with minimalism, just added a new offering to its line of prefabricated homes—and it’s chock-full of organization ideas.

The Yo no Ie house is the brand’s first single-story structure, designed as a response to the rise of low-profile, suburban developments (although the company is also promoting it as a solution for retirees who want to avoid stairs). Its name translates to “plain” in English, though the cedarwood-clad space is anything but simple. Photos of the show house in Isumi, Japan, reveal a clever floor plan and a ton of multifunctional features. Whether you’re on a mission to declutter or thinking about downsizing, here are three small-space ideas worth stealing: 

Put Your Layout in Motion

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Photography courtesy of MUJI

The most affordable way to take your entertaining game to the next level: Add wheels to the dining table. This upgrade is definitely one worth making if you’ve got sliding glass doors that lead to a deck. Park the furniture right in the middle of the opening for true indoor-outdoor flow. 

Work Where You Sleep

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Photography courtesy of MUJI

How many studio apartments do you know that have a proper office? We’re going to guess none. But put the bed in the middle of the room, have a desk do double duty as a headboard, and problem solved. This smart configuration barely takes up any extra square footage. 

Consolidate Your Living Room Furniture

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Photography courtesy of MUJI

Simplify visual clutter by ditching the coffee table for a C-shaped surface that can hover over the couch. Your home will suddenly appear neater—and your mind clearer.

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