Midwest #6 - Rachel's Grad School Getaway

Midwest #6 - Rachel's Grad School Getaway

Janel Laban
Apr 9, 2008

Name: Rachel
Location: St. Louis, MO
Size: 632 sf
Rent/Own: Rent

What is the advantage of SMALL? The advantage of Small has been that even on a grad school budget I have been able to fill the entire space with items that I truly love. The process of slowly finding the right pieces at the right price has been really fun... but also a manageable task because of my apartment's size.

What's your favorite resource for your home?

My favorite resource hasn't been a specific store... but my own patience. When I moved across the country for grad school this year I realized how little of the stuff I had bought in 5 years was worth keeping. I would often buy things that I liked less because they were cheaper and available… and I just wanted to get shopping over with. I wasn't patient. Now I can safely say every single thing I have found for my new space is something I love that I got at a really great price. Being willing to wait for what I really want... and trust that it is possible to find it within my budget has been a rewarding experience.

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home?

The best element of my apartment is the surplus of closet space. Having so much room to store things has made it possible for me to keep the clutter to a minimum. At first I thought it was weird that my apartment had four closets... but now I use each one for different purposes.... one hides my printer and files while another stores my off season clothing. I know in two years when I finish my masters and move I will never be able to find another apartment that comes with this much storage.

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