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5 Reasons Why I Love our Small Apartment

Posted by flsquared on March 5, 2009

I have often told my friends that I prefer to live in a teeny apartment in the city than a large house in the suburbs. While small-space living is not for everyone, here’s why I love it:

1. The cost:  Not only is the rent usually lower, but associated bills and maintenance is generally less expensive.  We are able to live in a fancy part of Pittsburgh called Shadyside in a beautiful renovated Victorian within walking distance to everything!  When we lived in Atlanta, we lived surrounded by million dollar houses in Virginia Highlands.

2. No need for a maid: I don’t stress impromptu visits from friends as we are able to clean up the house in a flash.

3.  Lack of clutter:  Having a small space, you are forced to prioritize and only keep what is important to you and your family.  It also helps to minimize shopping as whenever something comes in, something must go out.  On the flip side, we are able to purchase nice quality furniture and electronics since we have less quantity.

4. A better life:  I look forward to our daily walks and otherwise being “forced out of the house” to experience the city.  We take advantage of the museums, libraries, parks, etc. to stretch our legs and people watch.  When we are inside, family time is easy as there are few places where we can “escape” from each other.

5.  Environmentally “green”:  With a smaller footprint, a smaller apartment uses less construction materials and less energy to light, heat, and cool.

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