Working from home while a storm dumped snow on New York, I came to appreciate what I do have in my small apartment, and noticed a few things I desired. Did I get cabin fever while snowed-in? Yes. But, not because my apartment is small – because I like to be out-and-about.
I observed that at no time did I wish for another 100sf of space or appreciate the surplus of space I do have. Here are 10 things I realized I appreciate (or desire) while snowed-in:
- Super-fast internet connection with wifi It truly has become as important as air these days.
- Workout room with a few treadmills so I can still get a run in when the streets are pure slush. A gym within 2 blocks would work.
- Bike room – I don’t want a bike to clutter my apartment. Nor do I want to haul it up and down the elevator.
- Kids play room in the building (comes in handy for a parent in a small place, where the climate isn’t always great – though my son prefers to play in the apartment)
- Doorman or other service to accept package deliveries – I don’t really need door-staff to greet or pamper me, but nowadays, with all the packages and deliveries I accept, I can’t schedule my time to be home when these things arrive. We need some innovation here!!!
- Radiant heat from floors – I currently don’t have this, but had it in the past. It’s the best!!
- Dishwasher – I don’t have one where I live now, and miss it!
- Laundry on my floor – I prefer to have my laundry outsourced (see 5), but when snowed in, it comes in handy. Laundry is in the basement in my building, so I’d love to not have to make several elevator trips (and loose my wifi connection in the process – gasp!) to do a quick load.
- A quick commute, and friends nearby – I did eventually head into the office, but if I weren’t so close, I would have called in.
- Grocery store and restaurants on my block – I can sludge through the snow a few hundred feet to the grocery store if needed. The restaurant selection is sparse on my block, but I can have it delivered – heck, I can have groceries delivered. (see 5 again)
When considering all the things that take priority over having MORE space to me, I know Micro-apartments have a future for many urban professionals. Not all urban professionals place value on quality over quantity of space like I do, but it seems inevitable that square-footage’s role as primary comparison metric will decline in desirable urban areas.