Downsizing: How to Live in a Small Space with Less

How does one move from 5,100 square feet to 600 and still function? Attorney Glen Ackerman, who, when he moved from his large Pittsburgh home to his tiny one-bedroom Washington, D.C. condo started over with nothing but his clothes and a few books, will tell you "live only with the necessities," according to the Washington Post.

Bay Area empty-nesters Ruben Peterson and Rosemarie Fusano also downsized when they moved to a cottage in Paso Robles, CA. Their tip for coping with the smaller place, "Use a space efficiently by...utilizing every foot of floor space," Fusano told the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Want to know how to live large in a small space? Read on for 10 tips from these sized down homeowners as well as designers in the know...