Q: I'm going back to grad school in New York after seven years of living in Chicago. Shocked by the prices and conditions of every apartment I saw in Brooklyn, I took subsidized housing from my University sight unseen. Now that I've seen it, I can't believe how small it is! 250 square feet if we are being generous, with tons of nooks and crannies (but no bathtub, sigh). It's pretty and clean, but I cannot figure out how to make it cute and functional without spending a ton of money...
I would love to have a bed, a desk, a chair, and a table, but I think the table is almost impossible. I also like to cook, but not sure how I'm going to simultaneously dry my dishes and have counter space to chop anything. How should I arrange the room? What kinds of space-saving solutions are worth considering that won't break the bank? .What chair should I buy that will be cute and loungy for reading, but won't take up much space? -Sent by Heather
Editor: As a former resident of several teeny, tiny apartments (which I shared, ack!), I feel your pain. Readers, what can Heather do to make her new space as livable as possible, and what small space limitations might she just have to accept? Thanks!
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