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Display Name: Chantal7
Member Since: 3/12/14

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Wow! When I saw clicked open this article, I braced myself and hoped for good ideas. When I got to the comments every one made me cringe. I've had my share of bad neighbors, but not these awful experiences. I always enjoy reading every comment; couldn't do it this time; just too painful. One never knows what one is walking into.

I'm thankful for better conditions compared to these stories, though still hoping for better. My condolences and empathy to you all. May you all find peace one day.

The Neighbors are Noisy as S#*!: How to Cope When You Love Your Home But Hate Your Neighbors Renters Solutions
7/22/14 10:27 PM

Love the .....
1--plant area with windows
2--surfing book
3--kitchen and hanging fruit basket
4--shower curtain and bathroom
7--outside space
8--windows, light

I want to relocate to SoCal so bad I could burst sometimes.....used to live in Glendale. Big Sigh.

In the meantime, I read the L.A. Times online, watch live beach cams, brainstorm, etc.

Revisiting Scott's California Bohemian House Tour
7/21/14 06:42 PM

This whole subject made me look at my contract as a reminder. I've got $250 as a deposit, a portion of which will be cleaning which depends on how I leave it. I can get a checklist. I know they repaint with every move out.

Overall, I'm putting all my eggs in the basket called: "I've been here since '96 :o , the carpet was ok when I moved in, will definitely go when I go, and everything looks pretty good considering."

In the meantime, I've enjoyed 3 new faucets, a new ceiling fan, new stove hood, new bath med cabinet, new baseboard heaters, and bonus screen door.

Yes, I'd love to relocate for several reasons--different topic......

How To Definitely Get Your Deposit Back: 10 Things To Do Before You Move Out Renters Solutions
7/21/14 06:24 PM

Good article. I've always lived alone and wonder now if I really could share space with someone. I can relate to one comment about the comfort of being alone goes to isolation goes to hermit.
1--Unfortunately, I've never had neighbors close enough to rely on and not being comfortable enough with managers to let them be there alone.
2--Safety and a safe neighborhood for me is dependent on my budget.
3--My biggest worry about roommates is trusting them alone with my things and the people they will have over; coming home with people unexpectedly if I really want a quiet day/ afternoon/evening; staying up too late with people over.
4--I agree with the poster who says it's strange to be uncomfortable with oneself and really needing frequent social contact; which reminds of society in general that says being married with or without kids is the most acceptable way. Sigh.

5 Problems You Only Face While Living Alone (and How to Deal with Them)
7/20/14 09:14 PM

How do you make the bed in such a tight space?

Sarah's Curio Filled Studio House Tour
7/16/14 06:54 PM

Would love to know how you get the sheets on the bed so tight against the wall. Great idea, though.

Lauren's Eclectic San Francisco Apartment House Tour
7/16/14 06:44 PM

I've recently returned to thrifting because money is tight. One day at the store I was looking for a print blouse for my white skirt and ivory skirt and looking for a print skirt. I didn't find anything, but for some reason went to the dress section. I did not want to buy a dress. As I was looking through them, I saw a print I liked and thought, "I wish this were a skirt." Then the idea hit: cut it in half and make a skirt! Now I have a cute skirt for $2! :) The tag color was half off! :O Next time maybe I'll use the top half of a dress for a top. I'm not a pro sewer, but hems are easy enough.

Savvy Style: How To Save Money on Clothes (and Look Great Doing It!)
6/15/14 06:43 PM

Why!? is that Arco Floor Lamp $2,950?!

This is not a budget article for my budget so maybe the next article....I like some items, but still...

I rarely consider brand name or designer when choosing.
I consider all else: function, price, design, practicality, color, size, etc.

High and Low: The New Classics, Super Budget Edition
6/9/14 06:33 PM

I love the colors, the sofa, the plants and the rug except for the fringe.

It seems like every photo of someone's coffee table I've seen here is always full of objects. I'd like it with just the plant and a solid top; probably plexi, too, to make it less visually obvious like I've learned here.

The Look For Less: Allison's Living Room On A Budget
6/8/14 07:38 PM

First word that came to mind was discipline! You have to have few possessions in 178 square feet. His place looks organized and cluttered simultaneously.

My favorite part is the bed.

But, there are too many books and stacking them on furniture says "there's no place for them". There's too much on the coffee table; the desk has large objects that take up too much room. I'd like to see the bathroom.

A Collector's Tiny 178-Square-Foot Apartment
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6/3/14 11:23 PM


LOL! Half way round the world! I always imagine I'm reading comments from America unless otherwise noted! No doubt I'd like it.

How To Chase Those Living Small Blues Away
5/29/14 07:02 PM

As much as I enjoy reading small apartment articles, I worry that I wouldn't be able to do it.

My dream geographic area would cost twice as much and square feet maybe 2/3 or half the size. The upside would be the outdoor living lifestyle, a big trade-up. Is there a way to know ahead of time if a much smaller place would work for me or do I just have to do it to really know?

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5/28/14 07:51 PM

Collaroy, I'm jealous of the beach if you're in California :)

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5/28/14 07:25 PM

Can I relate to this, somewhat! I currently live in a 640ish sf place in a boring city in a climate I don't like. My dream is to live in a warmer climate state where my interests are, where rent would be twice, and sf smaller. This would be worth it to me because of the outdoor options.

How To Chase Those Living Small Blues Away
5/28/14 07:23 PM

Can I relate to this, somewhat! I currently live in a 640ish sf place in a boring city in a climate I don't like. My dream is to live in a warmer climate state where my interests are, where rent would be twice, and sf smaller. This would be worth it to me because of the outdoor options.

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5/28/14 07:22 PM

After reading many small space articles here, about a week ago I began sorting through my place and putting aside donations to a cat adoption thrift store. I kept telling myself 1) it's going to a good place 2) I haven't used it in a long time or never have 3) I'd like more space 4) I want to lessen my need to keep things. I also tried to identify a feature I don't like about something as a reason to give it away. It got easier every day.

I haven't found a place to give my plush animal collection from many years ago because a typical thrift store is overloaded with these and other places insist on new only. They are in excellent condition. I don't want to sell online; too much trouble. Any ideas?

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5/16/14 04:37 PM

Regarding encouraging consumption....I agree it can be easy to find and buy deals. For example, if I find tops at Goodwill for $3-$5, I'm within budget. I can further limit buying by going once a week, only considering the half off items for that week, and being choosy about style, pattern, color, etc. Another way to limit myself is to shop only when it's warm enough to wear one top and bottom for easy try-ons.

But, for balance, I really enjoy the articles here about small space living. This encourages me to look at what I have and donate. I like to imagine living in a studio instead of a 1 bedroom, which would require less consumption.

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5/6/14 06:30 PM

A lot of good posts here that I can relate to and that made me laugh. I go through sorts once or twice a year.I have some clothes that are not 1 or more of "fit, fabric, color & comfortable" because perfection would take more time and money than I want to spend. Many years ago I began saving knits and sweaters soft enough to sleep in that I no longer wear in public so I don't buy pajamas.

I'm glad to be reading this because a few days ago I started going through my kitchen and bedroom looking for donations, being motivated by the great small space articles here. Today, Friday, I took 5 bags + 1 large cat playpen/kennel to a cat rescue thrift store. I'm not done sorting and it does take discipline for me because I'm in the "I may need it someday and may not have money to replace it because I'm having employment hardship" situation and live alone. I do buy thrift which helps and even try to stick with the weekly half off items.

I keep repeating, I'm helping a good place; I haven't been using it; I'd like more space; wanting to keep things shouldn't be this important. :)

Spring Closet Cleanout: The 7 Questions You Need to Answer Right Now
5/2/14 10:43 PM

The first thing that got my attention with this apartment is that Laura doesn't want to use every inch and leaves empty space. The usual strategy is to use almost all wall space, underneath storage, etc. This is great for maximizing, but leaving empty space is a bigger challenge which leaves you with even fewer items.

I love reading all these tiny and small space articles which gives me lots of great ideas for future reference. The big thing everyone has in common is discipline for not accumulating many things. I have 18 plants, 16 in the living room. :)
My LR is about 12 x 12; apt total is about 840 sq ft

In this apartment, I'd rather have a small bed in the alcove and move the sofa near the window. I'd spend more time on the sofa than at a desk so I'd have a table near the kitchen.

Small Space Lessons: Floorplan and Solutions from Laura's Living Better With Less
4/25/14 08:28 PM