Small Space Living

10 Small Appliances That’ll Actually Fit in Your Tiny Rental Kitchen — The Smart Appliance Shopper

If you have a small kitchen and love to cook, it can be kind of a bummer. (Maybe we're projecting — although we're speaking from experience here!) You just want all the gadgets and have no where to put them! Sorry, a seven-quart slow cooker shouldn't really be stored in the bathtub when not in use.

The good news is that there are some small appliances with smaller-than-usual footprints that are sure to fit in your space.


How I Found the Right Big Appliances for My Tiny Kitchen — The Smart Appliance Shopper

It's ironic that living in one of the biggest cities in the world means having teeny-tiny appliances. I suppose it makes its own kind of sense — I reside on the island of Manhattan, a 23-square-mile strip of land that I share with more than 1.6 million other people. Space is tight, which means, among other things, that I didn't own a dishwasher until about a year ago, even though I've been a grown-up with a job and a career for some time now.


These Are the Most Stylish Kitchen Organizers We’ve Ever Seen — Kitchen Hang-Ups

It's no secret that we love a smart storage solution. A storage solution that looks smart too? Well, we just lose our minds over that kind of stuff.

And so explains our current obsession: Have you met YAMAZAKI home yet?


How I Hosted Thanksgiving in My 195-Square-Foot Apartment — Small-Space Hospitality

I took just a couple photos at Thanksgiving dinner last year in my tiny studio apartment, and you can see everything: the dinner table, the front door, my bed, three walls, my toaster oven (my only oven), my hot plate, and all eight of my guests, smiling and well-fed and a little inebriated. The entirety of my 195-square-foot home fits pretty neatly inside the frame (minus the bathroom, which is out in the hall across from my front door and approximately the size of the lavatory on your last flight in coach).

It's not that I recommend hosting Thanksgiving in a space that's reminiscent of the cabin scene in Night At the Opera. But if the size of your apartment is what's stopping you from gathering your friends, cooking a big meal, and overindulging into the wee hours of the morning, I urge you to reconsider. A Thanksgiving feast in a tiny apartment can be successful if you are confident and unapologetic. And if you pull it off, it'll be one for the books.

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10 Tips for Hosting Thanksgiving in a Tiny Apartment on a Tiny Budget — Small-Space Hospitality

(Image credit: LaTonya Yvette)

Almost every year since I moved out of my mother's house, we plan the holidays through a family texting thread that dings and buzzes all day long:

"Who's hosting this year? You?"

"Who's in charge of the pies?"

"Where's the best place to buy a turkey? Should I get it now?"

I am one of five children, and between us, there are six grandchildren, all under the age of 9. What's more, we all live in apartments, rather than houses. Needless to say, rallying our big and boisterous family into a barely 600-square-foot space takes a bit of finagling.

But, like with almost anything to do with living in the city, you just need to be able to overlook the mess and confusion and see the beauty. This is why I usually tap my fingers across the screen and respond, "Yes, I'll host this year."

Here's how I make sure we all have a fun and relaxed time without spending a hefty amount.

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Can You Spot the Ingenious Storage Space in This Kitchen? — Organizing

Look down. Like, almost way down. Do you see it? Here's a hint: We'll stop tip-toeing around the answer.

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