The Best Gear for Small Apartments

The Sweethome put together a list of gear for small apartments. Some tips:

  • Choose the right size: Often this means getting smaller versions of things—like a compact fan or cordless vacuum—that will stow more easily.
  • Maximize vertical space: Hill uses floor-to-ceiling closets to provide more storage. The same principle applies to hooks, magnets, hanging racks, and pegboards that take advantage of walls and the backs of doors.
  • Use nooks: Hill created extra seating in his apartment by adding cushions to extra-wide windowsills. Morsels of otherwise unused space—a shelf under a bench, hooks inside a cupboard—can also be great places to tuck smaller items.
  • Fold away: Hill recommends investing in things “that nest, fold, stretch, or that are compact.” Items that can be stored flat or rolled, such as a folding chair, clothes drying rack, or air mattress for guests, are especially good for preserving floor space.
  • Go for quality: Well-made clothes, furnishings, and appliances may initially cost more, but you won’t have to replace them in a few years. “Sometimes, the expensive thing is the best and most financially smart,” said Hill.

The Sweethome – Inner Vision

A ton of sites post “life hacks” that supposedly make your life easier with tiny tricks that increase productivity or efficiency. Most of these are novel at best. The Sweethome, sister site of the awesome The Wirecutter, started posting links to legitimately useful tips.

Try this the next time it’s time to shave the face, legs, or body: use 4 or 5 drops of extra virgin olive oil with your razor instead of shaving cream. The humble olive isn’t just a nutritionally tasty drupe, the fruit also makes for an excellent shaving lubricant which feeds the skin nary a drop of chemicals (coconut and grapeseed oil work too).