It doesn't matter how small a space you live in, be true to yourself.
Take a look through these wonderful portraits by Micheal Wolf of the residents of Hong Kong's oldest public housing estate. Just click on the first picture's thumbnail and then click on the image that pops up to see the next picture.
I love these faces. Humans are so great!
Now, if they can be so diverse, so clearly collecting that which is important to them in a little home, what would what the essentials be for you?