Small Cool 2009: bonline's Pushed Near Perfection

Small Cool 2009: bonline's Pushed Near Perfection

Aaron Able
Apr 1, 2009

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Name: bonline
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Size: 509 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? I love the layout. It is pretty open. There are only two doors, the front door and one to the bathroom, so you don't get the feeling of being closed in a box. My bedroom is a decent size, with a high ceiling and tall windows, so every night I don't feel like I have to crawl into a small hole to go to bed. I guess I lucked out in those aspects. I also love living in a small place because everything is within reach.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? A small place pushes you to be creative. When I first moved in my place, I was using my tiny closet not only to store my clothes, but also my mop, broom, tschokes, and just stuff that I just could not part with. And I would dread if anyone dared to look under my bed, because it is just boxes of stuff. Since I am a renter expensive storage solutions were not an option for me, besides my wallet would not allow it. So during my last spring cleaning I decided to challenge myself. Old pictures which sat around in boxes, I framed in cheap $2 frames- in my bathroom... Finally my own personal art gallery featuring art by yours truly. Euro shams that I did not use became floor pillows, excess blankets and quilts got thrown over chairs and the sofa. Came back from the Container Store with shelves and boxes for my magazines, books and tschokes and created a little office- okay maybe that is too fancy of a word to describe a 'bill paying station'? I have to admit to get more space in my closet I did get some of those space bags- you know the ones you see on late night infomercials. "Very tacky" I know.... but believe me they work. My clothes thank me as they can breathe and I don't have to iron every morning.

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