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.

Photo of cute vintage coffee table.

Cute (oops!), I mean cool vintage coffee table that has no storage options.

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.

Photo of cute vintage coffee table with keyboard on top.

Cool vintage coffee table with keyboard (and tons of other stuff not shown) cluttering it up and masking its cuteness.

2 Thoughts on “The Tiny Apartment Lingo Update: Footprint In, Adorable Out (Not Really)

  1. Deb Schuster on 08/13/2013 at 3:00 pm said:

    Your vintage coffee table is so cute that you should keep it even though it has no storage!

    • Patricia on 08/13/2013 at 5:30 pm said:

      Thanks for your comment Deb! I know, it’s a tough choice. I like this table (and such a deal I got!) but I’m thinking if I got something with drawers, the constant clutter on top would miraculously stay away. But I’ll look for other solutions before I resort to banishing such an awesome table. And it is cute isn’t it? Sometimes there’s no better word for it. Thanks for reading.

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