Many apartments in New York are like adult dorm rooms. For example, over the years, I've seen my fair share of kitchens with a two-burner/stove combo (imagine something you might take camping), and a mini fridge advertised as a "good-sized fridge" in an apartment's Craigslist ad. It is truly astounding what realtors try to sell you on in a city where there is such a space shortage, and it is even more astounding how your definition of "small" changes once you see what's out there. With that, here are some things I know people who live or have lived in small spaces will understand.
If you live in a small space, chances are you have a teeny, tiny bathroom. If you share that space with anyone other than yourself, it means a lot of fancy footwork to get in and out of there. I've actually been in a bathroom where the door could not be opened more than a crack because it would hit the toilet. True story.
I've had to shave off a couch's legs more than once to get it through the door of my apartment, and I honestly can't even remember how we got it up the stairs. I think I blocked it out.
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Plus side here is you're now an expert dish washer if you ever need another job.
You know all those Apartment Therapy blogs about how to maximize small spaces? Of course you do — they're your life bible.
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Hey man, real estate is hard to come by in most cities! Sometimes a girl has to improvise, meaning splitting a one bedroom so that it snuggly fits three (or more) people. Remember, curtains and room dividers can be flattering AND useful.
Also a great skill to have for holidays at your parents' place, and family vacations.
Any animal larger than that will have a miserable time dealing with sharp corners and tight squeezes. It just wouldn't be fair to them.
Everything's large, and bright, and I can move a foot without hitting a coffee table! Is this heaven?
It's cool. They probably ate before they came.
Basically, all floor space becomes bed space so you're now living in an adult fort. Trust me, it was waaaay cooler when you were 13 and didn't have work in the morning.
After a while, even the most anal and organized give up their system, and allow the keys, pencils and hot sauce to live in the same drawer.
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