No Space Too Small is a brand new column by Laura Fenton that celebrates the idea that you can live well in a small home. Each month, Laura will share her practical findings from years of observing how people live in tight spaces, and her own everyday experiences of living small—from the hunt for the perfect tiny desk and managing everyday clutter to how to smooth the frustrations out of cooking in a galley kitchen.
I live in a small space by choice. My 690-square-foot apartment is not tiny, but it is relatively small for a family of three. (The median house size in America is about 1650 square feet, and the average size of new houses exceeds 2,000 square feet.) I chose to live small so we could stay in New York City and not go broke.