We’ve all dealt with a friend/family member who makes it their mission to live in the cheapest possible apartment. I’m not sure whether they’re aware of how easy it is to make a quick decision to move somewhere else or if they’ve just never realized that there are other options out there. You never knew what to expect when you moved out of your hometown.
The latest craze among low-income people in Chicago is the “hildi trading spaces.” Basically your landlord is using your couch as a desk for his office, so he can look at your paperwork and take care of all the paperwork that comes with it.
I think this is one of those things that is so easy to ignore, but it really is an option for many people. One of the biggest problems I see in the real world is that there are so many different types of spaces.
When I first moved out of my hometown, I was so excited to move into a nice apartment, but I had a hard time making the decision to change my place. My couch is a great place to store my papers, and it’s great that the landlord has a desk for his office, but it’s also so convenient that it’s hard to imagine myself having to move to another place and use the couch for my desk. It’s like the couch is an extension of me.
When it comes to spaces, I could see myself moving into one big open space. You know, like a giant open space with a bunch of tables, chairs, a TV… stuff. I could see myself having a couch, a futon, a bed, a desk, and bookshelves. But when it comes to spaces, I think the couch is the best thing because it is not big and stuffy.
hildi trading spaces is a very cool idea. I love the idea of having a sofa-bed, a futon, a bed, a desk, and bookshelves all in one room. One of the coolest things about being a space-hugger is that you can have a whole bunch of things in one room. Like a computer, a TV, a stereo, a phone, a phone with a charger, and a couch/bed.
The problem with hildi trading spaces is that there is no consistent, easily identifiable location for the things you can store in a space. So this can create a problem. For example, a futon can be used for a TV, a bed, a desk, and bookshelves.
The best solution is to put all of your “stuff” in a central location, like your desk. But for a computer, TV, phone, stereo, phone with charger, and couchbed, I think that’s going to be hard to do, and it will probably mean you end up spending more time looking for that single thing than you would have liked.
The solution I like is to use something that’s a little off-kilter. For example, I have a hard time envisioning a futon as a desk. If that’s all you have, you’re gonna go nuts. I’ll say a futon is a futon, and that’s fine. But I think a futon is more of an office chair. So you could have a futon as a desk, and you could have it as a chair.
Its hard to imagine a couch as a desk because the only thing that goes in a couch is a couch. Its hard to imagine a futon as a desk with a couch as a desk (and so on). I agree with you on this one, but I think the futon is the only way to go.