Just for fun: a rant about stuff

“A house is just a place to put your stuff while you go out and get more stuff.” -George Carlin And now for something completely different… If you’ve never heard the late George Carlin’s bit about stuff, take a moment to watch this YouTube clip. It’s something that all of us downsizers, minimizers, simplifiers, organizers, […]

Tiny apartment. Big dog.

Do the two mix? Sure! Why not? But, if we’re being honest, I have to admit that it can be a challenge. Take this weekend, for instance: our girl Rio, a rescued dog of unknown pedigree (some kind of large-ish terrier cross), normally in excellent health, is suffering from a fairly severe bout of the stomach […]

The Kitchen Conundrum… (or: the complete and utter uselessness of rental apartment kitchens)

It’s true, though, isn’t it? Rental apartment kitchens, traditionally, are not exactly known for efficient layout, great design, or functionality. They’re most commonly a tiny, enclosed galley style space barely large enough for one person, often opening up on one end to a small dining area. You know what I’m talking about, right? It’s the […]

No bedroom? No problem.

In our 430 square foot studio apartment, there is no actual bedroom. There’s a nook just large enough to squeeze in up to a queen sized bed, though. And that’s all we needed to put in a cozy and perfectly functional little sleeping area with tons of storage. Here’s what we did: we built a […]