For many people, a small living space is just a phase you have to get through—one more step on the way to a big house, or a necessary trade-off for living in an urban area. But taking on less space can cut your carbon footprint dramatically—it lowers your utility bills, helps you control clutter, and, if you've chosen an apartment for its city location, can mean you don't need to own a car. Making the most of a small space isn't easy, though, which is why Apartment Therapy is such an essential part of any green blogroll.
Why We Love Apartment Therapy
The inspiration and ideas on Apartment Therapy make apartment living—whether renting or owning—look even better than homebuying. From chic stackable chairs to nine different uses for the same Ikea shelf, the site is packed with ideas for using what you have, making the most of your decorating budget, and giving your not-so-big-space a ton of character (and a ton of that most-sought-after apartment feature: storage). City-specific guides for New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC, and Boston highlight deals, designers, projects, and furniture finds that give locals the inside scoop while providing out-of-towners with tips and tricks that translate into any space. Sister sites OhDeeDoh (for kids' toys, style, and design), Unplggd (for techies), Re-Nest (for green living), and The Kitchn (for foodies) let you give your whole life a little Therapy.
More About Re-Nest
Living with less is one way to keep your home green, but if you want to take it even further then bookmark Re-Nest, Apartment Therapy's dedicated green site. Sustainable design (like this salvaged wood table), reuses for everything (including paper bags), chic green homes, and fun how-to projects make greening your life—and your home—nearly effortless. Daily posts tackle decorating, crafting, cooking, and organizing, so you can take advantage of the green benefits of smaller spaces without sacrificing style.