Friday, April 5, 2013

The Size Of My Apartment

This post is a bit different, it's not about a town or a cool old building or anything like that. But that little box o' text at the top of the page, which I wrote in 2009 and haven't really thought about since, says this blog is about my attempt to "live in and travel around and photograph" Connecticut. And I live indoors. So.

I think there's a perception that "you live in Connecticut" = "you live in a mansion and have lots of luxury stuff." This is sometimes totally true. But it is not true for everyone.

I've written about my current apartment once before - then I guessed it was around 200 sq. feet, based on the measurements of a smaller apartment in the same building. Well, I measured it just now and it turns out it's closer to 300 sq. feet. Palatial, at least for me; this is hardly the smallest unit I've lived in. So I thought I'd take some pictures to prove that you can live in Connecticut and also be a (relative) minimalist in a small space.

My office, and living room and sometimes dining room. The desk is from IKEA in New Haven. It, and the chair, both come apart for easy moving.

The picture in the calendar on the right is from here. Yes, it's my own picture in my own calendar. I had it made for my parents, and then bought one for myself too. That makes it less obnoxious, right?

Connecticut makes you send your license plates back when you move, but Missouri just tells you to cut them up. Sorry, Missouri!

I like putting my few decorations on and around windows. That limits the size and amount of decorations you can have - all of my knick-knacks will fit in a small cardboard box - and you don't have to buy extra furniture for the sole purpose of displaying things. Among the things on this windowsill are a cannon from the Old Lighthouse Museum in Stonington and a salt cellar from Ceramica in Chester.

I can fit almost my entire apartment into my (non-SUV) car. Not having bookshelves helps.

I arrange my books by topic, but sometimes I think they segregate themselves by color in the night.

My kitchen only has one drawer, and about two square feet of counter space, so the top of the stove comes in handy and this tin is perfect for utensils.

Everything stuck on my fridge fits in an envelope, so when I move it's extremely easy to pack all of it. And bags are one of the few things I can justify buying a lot of, because they can double as storage spaces.

The map used to make this magnet it is so old it has the Tale Of The Whale Museum on it.

The backs of doors are crucial in small apartments. You can hang so much on them.

Corners are useful too. The whale bag is sadly not a New London reference. I got in in Newport, and it's made by a Californian company. Oh well.

This apartment has a quirky shape, most evident in this little alcove. This is partly why it seemed smaller than it is - a lot of square footage is "hidden" in the strangely configured walls. I can't remember how I got that chair in there, and I don't know how I'll ever get it out again. The knick-knacks include a John Fitch steamboat tile from Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Pennsylvania.

The corner by the bed. The bed, by the way, is a) the most comfortable bed in the world, b) also mostly from IKEA, and c) easily rolled up so you can stick it in your trunk. Did I mention I like moving?

So there you have it: proof you can live in Connecticut with little money, little space, and little furniture.



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