Jess' Greener Life in a Small Space
Location:Silver Spring, Maryland
What I Love About My Home
When we first moved down to DC after college two years ago, we realized we had the interesting situation of having too much stuff, yet no furnishings. In such a small space, it was a constant battle between: keep the trunk of bar memorabilia? Or buy a desk? We quickly learned to be selective. This path of purging the unnecessary eventually led to us adopting a greener lifestyle, asking before every purchase, "Do I love it? Do I need it? Will I use it?". We still have a long ways to go before we would consider our apartment "eco-friendly", but the small space has definitely given us the motivation to take on that challenge.
Biggest Challenge in Furnishing My Home
We started from scratch, as I was living with my parents and he was living in a, for lack of a better descriptor, "dirty fraternity-esque house". So when we moved in together it was a challenge to avoid just turning the apartment into an IKEA catalog. We're still trying to incorporate more classic pieces and less big-box-store pieces, but it's a slow process. Another challenge has been the bathroom-through-the-bedroom, as this further limits our guest accommodations (as if the small space didn't limit visitors enough...). But we've adapted and so have our infrequent guests.
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