My apartment is 69 square feet.
I know this because I measured it myself.
I live in New York City and my apartment is 69 square feet.
I have officially lost it.
I have officially lost it because I know that my apartment is 69 square feet and yet I am somehow okay with that.
I’m okay with that even though I’ve watched YouTube videos about people with 70 sq ft or 90 sq ft apartments in NYC, and I laughed at how dumb they sounded talking about how great their tiny, DUMB apartments were.
“I prefer a small space – it’s so cozy – really great!”
“I don’t mind sitting sideways on the toilet to avoid my knees hitting the wall. You totally get used to it!”
Or they crawl up the ladder to their lofted bed and lie down and there’s an inch between them and the ceiling and they say, with a straight face, “This is how I sleep,” and then, when met with silence, they laugh nervously.
I felt sorry for them, these dumb people.
But I don’t feel sorry for me, which is really what makes me question my sanity. I feel lucky, actually. I live in Manhattan for under $1000 a month (that’s a steal for Manhattan!) in my favorite neighborhood, the East Village. And my knees don’t touch the wall when I sit on the toilet. So that’s good.
I don’t have very many things (unlike the people in the videos I watched), so there’s actually a decent amount of unfilled space in my apartment. It feels minimalist at best, or spartan at worst, but not claustrophobic.
I’m okay living in a 69-square-foot apartment because I am surrounded by the playground that is Manhattan. My apartment is just the place where I store my food and most important possessions (also food) and crash at night. Manhattan is not just exciting, it’s thrilling. I love walking down the streets and feeling its energy. Even in my familiar neighborhood, I walk past dim, candle-lit restaurants I have never noticed before or slim alleys that lead to hidden community gardens.
After living in a 69-square-foot apartment for nine months, my tips are:
- Trash all the things you don’t need (most important tip here)
- Don’t loft your bed – that actually makes the space feel smaller
- If you’re storing anything, try to store it out of sight
- Accept that your small space can’t do as much as a large space
Now, would I prefer a larger place? Absolutely. Triple digit square footage – at the very least! – would be nice. The problem is I’d have to pay double what I’m paying now for a normal-sized studio in Manhattan. I can’t afford that, and it wouldn’t be worth it to me, anyway. So I am content with my current setup.
Have you lived in a small space before? Do you think I’m off my rocker, or just plain weird? Tell me what’s on your mind!