While my apartment stays the same tiny size, my vocabulary is expanding. Lately I’ve been tossing around the terms footprint and double-duty like I’ve been micro-living for decades.
Example Usage: That ottoman’s footprint has Godzilla stamped all over it. And you can’t even store anything in it—I need a smaller one that does double duty.
OK, I don’t really talk like that, but you get the picture.
The words also help as shopping parameters to weed out impulsive purchases. When shopping for The Tiny Apartment, I try to find the smallest possible footprint for any given item. If it can also serve more than one function, it immediately goes into the shopping cart.
For example, even though I love my smallish vintage coffee table (that’s also adorable), it’d make more sense to find a table that can store my keyboard and other things out of sight while not in use. (Please note, cute and adorable are two other words that crop up often around small things. It will be challenging but I’ll try to use them sparingly.)
If I were more entrepreneurial, I might open a home goods store that stocks only small things. I might call it Slim’s.