Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Living in 580 Square Feet of Awesome


Hubby and I have lived in small apartments since we were married.  With the exception of our first apartment, which was on-campus, all of our apartments have been studios or small-one bedrooms ranging from 450 sqft. to 720 sqft.  Admittedly, the 720 sqft. apartment was much too large for our tastes, but the price was certainly right.  Our current apartment is a one-bedroom with 580 sqft.

Living in a small space does require a little creativity when it comes to storage and function.  The main room in our apartment serves as the kitchen, dining room, living room, and Justin's work space.  Our bedroom is our place for sleeping and contains my work space.  We've found that we're both happy as long as we both have a space to call our own.  Since both of us are rarely home at the same time, with the exception of evenings, it never feels like we're never alone.  (As long as you don't mind kitty stares -- privacy is a foreign word to our "kids.")

I thought I would list the top four reasons that living in a small space is awesome:
  1. It only takes about 20 minutes to go from day-to-day disaster to clean.
  2. You can always find what you're looking for.
  3. Small spaces don't take that much energy to heat or cool.
  4. It's easier to resist buying more stuff.
Granted, living in a small space isn't for everyone.  When hubby and I were looking at our current apartment, the leasing agent mentioned that they don't usually let more than one person live in these units because people usually want to move out when a larger unit becomes available and the paperwork is a hassle.  I assured him that this was on the large size for us and wouldn't be a problem.  The funny thing is that the couple below us just had a baby.  I wouldn't be surprised if they moved when their lease is up.

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