Name: Nathan Michael Location: Chicago, Wicker Park, IL Size: 2,250 square feet Years lived in: 1 years; Rented Years hosting on Airbnb: Going on 1 year
Situated on a quiet, tree-lined street in Chicago's historic Ukrainian Village is Nathan's bright and beautiful three-story home. On first entering his home, I was struck by the bold architectural elements (check out that staircase!) and gorgeous interior. Nathan is a native Texan and his southwestern roots shine through in his relaxed and welcoming décor and his warm mix of earth tones and rustic vintage treasures.
Probably everyone has had this thought at least once a summer, while sweating through their clothes on a subway platform or in a parking lot, desperate to locate their car: how did people survive before air conditioning? Although we may not be able to imagine summer without it, prior to its invention in 1902, people did still manage to live and go about their business in New York, and even in cities like Savannah and New Orleans. Here's how they did it.
Storage is — and will continue to be — a beast many of us fight on a continual basis in our homes. No matter the size of where you live, you almost always feel like you're either dealing with not enough or the wrong kind. Thankfully, we live in world and a time where there are tools that can help us survive not-so-ideal existing storage. Make sure you've got these eight storage secret weapons to help you tame your home's storage beasts.
One of the revelations of living in a small home is that choosing less square footage doesn't mean you necessarily have to make do with less, just that you need to be super smart about how you organize the space you do have. And, once you go into "storage genius" mode, it tends to have a ripple effect - many tiny homes end up with as much usable storage area as places with a larger footprint, thanks to the space-savvy residents. Here are a few small space storage secrets that will come in handy no matter the size of your home...let's learn from the masters!
So, you just found that vintage apartment of your dreams: perfect millwork, cute tile, and a nifty fireplace. But the downside is that there's no storage, just one tiny closet and nowhere to put all the stuff that you're sure you'll need. Don't despair! Here are some renter-friendly solutions to work around that storage shortage.
Do I really need twenty t-shirts, a dozen towels, three teapots? I need multiples of certain things, yes, but at some point, a few turns into too many. Check your multiplication on the following items that seem to accumulate.
Does your pot frequently runneth over? If you're part of the regularly-sets-off-the-smoke-alarm-while-cooking-dinner club, chance are your stove burners are in desperate need of attention. Whether it's your fault, or the previous tenants', the burners aren't going to clean themselves.
Who wants to kick their Seamless habit as much as I do? In my fantasy life I enjoy cooking dinner every night. In reality, my dog now knows that the doorbell means it's dinnertime. But there are plenty of ways that I'm making cooking waaay harder than it needs to be. I'll bet you're doing some of these too.
One of the biggest challenges of small space living is... where does all the stuff go? If you feel like you've maxed out all your storage but you still have things that need a home, this post is for you. Here are ten often-overlooked spots where you can squeeze a little extra storage out of a small space.
Who wants to keep more of their money? You? Great! Everyone is probably guilty of at least a few of these little money-wasting habits which can quickly add up over time (don't worry, you can still buy a latte). Let's stop doing this stuff and use the extra cash to treat ourselves to something we actually want to buy!