When you’re living in Asian country as a Westerner, it’s important to remember that the space you’re most likely used to is not going to be available. Smaller apartments are far more popular in places like Singapore due to the limited amount of land they have available for residential planning. Even with their newer condos and apartment high rises, the space is going to be efficient in how it values the square footage. storage space is in high demand which can make finding storage units easy enough; if you’re hard pressed to find one in your area, I suggest looking (at least in Singapore) in the districts where Westerners are doing business.
I’ve been in Singapore for nearly a year now and every time our company brings in a new guy from back home, we go through the same routine. Even when we tell them, “No, really. You’re not going to have space for..”, they still bring it with them. It’s an old song and dance that we have grown used to by now. In fact our company has enough employees where this has become enough of a problem that we have rented nearly every unit at the local Store Friendly. Personally, I enjoy this sort of limited lifestyle. It’s like a challenge; how much can you live with and without? What items should you buy that are going to be put to maximum use? For a gamer like me, it’s the way that I naturally approach situations such as these. I’ve come to appreciate living more slim and having space made available to me when it is such a restricted commodity in my apartment. I even indulge in showing off how spartan I have become to my co-workers who don’t seem to appreciate it as much as I do.