You may be surprised to discover that today’s post isn’t actually travel related at all, and is instead all about what I’ve learned from living in a studio apartment for the last few months.
Back in May of this year, Matt and I moved in to our own place in the centre of York, right near the beautiful museum gardens. We were living at Matt’s mum’s for over a year but decided that it was about time we got our own place in order to prepare us for “moving out” when we go travelling.
It’s been the most amazing few months, full of adventures and plenty of learning curves and today I wanted to share everything I’ve learned from living in a studio apartment.
Our apartment really does take the meaning of studio to the next level. It’s absolutely tiny but it’s so cute and cosy and it’s a place all for ourselves and I absolutely love it. Here are some of the things I’ve learned while living in a studio apartment!
I actually like doing the laundry
The first huge shock that I discovered when we moved into our own place was that I actually like doing the laundry.
There’s something so satisfying about being in charge of ensuring that we always have clean clothes and the smell of fresh laundry is just heavenly. Changing our bed sheets on a Sunday evening is so rewarding and I genuinely love making sure our home is clean. Yes, apparently I am an old lady now.
A scented candle really goes a long way in making your tiny place feel even more cosy
When living in such a small place, it can be fairly easy to make it even more cosy as you’re already equipped with the tiny nooks and crannies.
One thing I’ve learned is that a scented candle can really go a long way in a studio apartment; I’ve always been a huge fan of having an abundance of candles dotted around the house anyway but even more so since we moved into our own place.
It’s not actually as small as you think – as long as you use the space accordingly
One thing that we had to learn pretty quickly is that we’re remarkably short of storage space. There’s no room for a messy draw or a cupboard full of crap; everything we have in our house needs to have its own place otherwise we’d be overwhelmed with mess and clutter.
Having said that, despite the lack of storage space, it’s actually not as small as you’d originally think and it’s pretty easy to become accustomed to the limited space that you have.
But you will probably spend more time outside
Having said that, as lush as your new home is, the small, secluded space will probably mean you won’t spend all your time there as you may start to feel cramped. As we’re so lucky to live right in the centre of town, and with the museum gardens in such close proximity, we found ourselves spending a lot of time outdoors during the summer.
It’s probably going to be harder to do this when the cold weather officially settles in but that just gives us an excuse to spend all our time inside, making our apartment as cosy as possible.
Cooking can actually be enjoyable and not a huge chore
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen little snippets of our kitchen and just how small it actually is. We literally have two cupboards for food and absolutely no worktops at all – all food preparation has to be done on top of the hob (when it’s not on, obvs).
Having said that, over the last few months, we’ve really learnt to work with the space we have and we’ve been surprised by how much cooking you can actually get done in such a small space.
We always cook our lunch at the weekend in batches so that we don’t have to faff about during the week and with my love of food becoming more and more prominent, we’ve been managing to cook up a storm in our tiny little kitchen.
I’ve discovered a whole new love of not only eating delicious food, but actually cooking it as well and it’s a skill that I’m so glad I’ve been able to pick up over the last couple of months.
Living, sleeping and eating in one space isn’t actually all that bad
At first, I really thought I’d struggle with having our bed, living room and kitchen space all in one open plan area but I soon realised that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I originally thought.
Sure, there are sometimes when I wish we could actually make the proper transition of going from the sofa to bed but it’s actually more convenient to have everything in one open space.
It also means there’s way less space that constantly needs tidying and I often find that I can clean our entire apartment in less than an hour.
It can get a little stuffy and ridiculously warm so you’ll want a window open most of the time
One thing that I’m not too keen on while living in a studio apartment is that whenever we cook anything, the entire place smells of food for a good few hours after. And while I’m absolutely a huge fan of delicious smelling food, I don’t necessarily want my entire living space smelling like garlic all the time…
In order to combat this, we have our windows open the majority of the time so I’m not too sure what we’ll do when winter comes; we may find ourselves living with the windows open with the heating on full whack!
Living in our own place has taught me so many valuable life lessons and it’s absolutely amazing getting to live with my best friend in our own space. I truly love living in a studio apartment and I’m grateful every single day that we get to live in such a lovely home in the best city in England!
Have you ever lived in a studio apartment? Would you ever consider it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16.