I live in 500SF and, as a former realtor and stager, I know how to give the illusion of space. But life isn’t all smoke and mirrors; it needs a “living” solution.
At the end of the day it’s about making a place for everything but, at the same time, making everything accessible and styled for ascetics. Once upon a time, Victorian style homes utilized nooks and crannies with ingenious built-ins. Today’s architecture doesn’t, so it’s up to us to come up with solutions for our hoarding tendencies.