How Small Is Too Small

Tiny Apartments: How Small is Too Small?

To meet the demand of young adults and downsizing Baby Boomers crowding into cities to be within walking distance of jobs, transportation, and other daily needs, developers are creating increasingly tinier, space-efficient apartments. In addition to the convenience of city living, being willing to sacrifice space for up to 30% lower rent allows many singles to afford living alone instead of …

Compact Wardrobe

Building Your Perfect Compact Wardrobe

Clothes can be overwhelming. Between choosing what to wear and trying to find things in an unorganized, tiny closet, your day can quickly get off to the wrong start with this frustrating and draining experience. Even after implementing a few closet organizational tools, your real problem remains — too many clothes you don’t even wear. As many famous people who …

Save On Energy

Ways to Save on Apartment Energy Bills

Fall is setting in, and those chilly nights, although refreshing, are a reminder that it will soon be time to turn on the heat. Unless you live in a newly renovated apartment, there are at least a few ways you’ll be likely to lose some of this expensive commodity. Renting presents a few challenges to weather-proofing since you aren’t responsible …

Not Needed in a Small Apartment

Things You Might Not Need In a Small Apartment

Tiny living makes space a commodity. If you’ve ever moved from a larger home into a small apartment, you’ll quickly learn there’s simply not enough room for certain things. Liquidating, consolidating, and rethinking unpractical, space-hogging possessions is an immediate concern — obvious things like a large couch that won’t fit through the door, or exercise equipment you don’t have a …

Apartment Amenities

Apartment Amenities: What’s Worth It and What’s Not?

The demand and matching availability of apartments has continued to increase. In the U.S., the average vacancy is around 8% — the highest in 40 years. With space at a premium and more people choosing to live closer to city jobs for shorter commutes, builders are providing the ideal solution for this demographic. Whatever reason you’ve chosen apartment life, you’ve …

Coffee Mugs: Small Space Multi-Taskers

Coffee mugs have a way of accumulating, especially since they make easy gifts, and we gravitate to them as functional souvenirs and personalized keepsakes. However they multiply, you’ve probably never had to say “I need to buy some new coffee mugs.” On the contrary, coffee mugs become one of the first items purged in an effort to spring clean or …

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 …