Plastic Bags

Time and Space-Saving Uses for Plastic Bags

As much of a habit it is for me to take reusable canvas bags when I go grocery shopping, there are still times I forget them and reluctantly accept plastic bags at the register. When this happens enough to accumulate a sizable collection (i.e., I can’t stuff them inside one bag any more), I return them to the store. Meanwhile, …

Small Space Suitcase

5 Small-Space Friendly Ways to Get More Mileage Out of Your Suitcase

Unless you travel for a living, suitcases fall in the category of necessary but infrequently used items that take up space — probably in a closet or under the bed. Perhaps you even have vintage pieces you just can’t bear to part with, but never use. Whatever the reason you have them, suitcases don’t have to be deadweight in your …

Composting Indoors

Composting for Apartment Living

When you think of composting, what is the first image that comes to mind? I’ve always pictured a large pile of scraps and leaves and a fruitful, sprawling garden in the heart of farmland (or at least the suburbs). Composting is often seen as a practice limited to people who are serious about growing their own organic gardens, and not …

Responsible Recycling

Responsible Recycling Options for Apartment Dwellers

Recycling is an important environmental duty that demonstrates good stewardship of the resources we’ve been given, saving both materials and energy while reducing waste. Many cities provide tax-paying homeowners with both curbside waste and recycling pickup, and a large number of apartment complexes provide recycle bins for their residents near trash dumpsters. In fact, valet trash services used by some …

No Closets for Hanging Clothes

No Closets for Hanging Clothes? Try One of These Ideas

Closets are one of those structural elements we tend to take for granted until we live in a place that doesn’t have them. Traditional houses and even most apartments include bedroom closets as a standard architectural feature, but there are times you might rent a place (especially loft-style or studio apartments in renovated turn-of-the century buildings) that doesn’t. Foldable clothes …

Home Office Ideas

Home Office Ideas for Small Spaces

As a couple with no children, my husband and I have almost always had a spare room to designate ‘the office,’ no matter how small our living quarters. Considering the future possibility of children or the need to move to a smaller apartment, I have often wondered what I would do to create an office space elsewhere. It seems odd …

Apartment Living: Enjoying Pets Without the Smell

Many pets adapt well to small homes and city living, becoming wonderful companions treated like members of the family. Nevertheless, they’re still animals, and develop odors quickly (unless you own a chinchilla – rumor has it they don’t smell). Being confined to a small space essentially amplifies even slight pet odors and makes them hard to hide. Nobody wants to …

Book Storage

6 Creative Small-Space Solutions for Books and Media

Book, music, and movie lovers would agree that one of the hardest things about living in a small space is the necessity of downsizing their beloved collections. Preliminary downsizing is easy: wean out the duplicates, outdated formats (VHS, anyone?), and titles you don’t like. But when you’ve trimmed down your books and still have ten boxes, or eliminated movies and …

Best Apartment Pets

Choosing the Best Pet for Apartment Life

Studies show that pet owners have lower blood pressure, fewer cases of depression, and overall better health than the rest of the population – testimony to the therapeutic power of animals, and reason enough to start scouring the ‘free to a good home’ ads. Choosing which pet is best for you should always be a deliberate and well-researched decision since …