Frugal Living in a 90 Square Foot Microstudio in Manhattan

Frugal Living in Manhattan

The following video needs a proper mention, since it has to do with frugal living, which is something I’ve been writing a lot about lately. I actually never thought it would be possible to live in a space this small, but it definitely has its practical reasons.

Frugal Living for $700 a Month!

Okay. Did you watch the video? I like the idea of just living in a small space in Manhattan. I mean, there’s so much to do in Manhattan that I probably wouldn’t be home much. But, I also like the idea of a cozy, warm home, knowing that New York weather CAN be harsh and cold in the winter time.

Also, looking at future living space when one approaches retirement age is something to really think about, and plan. Now, I intend to stay healthy, eating right and exercise, and if one is healthy enough to climb up a ladder into a loft bed then this living scenario shouldn’t be a problem.

For me, my only problem with this scenario is that I have a grand piano, and I need more space. And, because this is an apartment, I don’t know if the neighbors would be too keen on me practice all hours of the day! But, I could sell the grand piano and go with a digital piano and just practice as long as I want with headphones.

Organizing and Utilizing Every Inch of Space

Organizing your living space tends to go hand-in-hand with living a frugal lifestyle. After all, living a frugal life starts with getting by with less stuff, selling what you don’t REALLY need and organizing what you DO have so that you can maximize your living space while being need and orderly.

Organizing takes a little bit of work, but once you know where you can find everything, you tend to save money by not duplicating items that you think you don’t have, but are just hidden somewhere under a pile of stuff.

The Importance of Organizing your Stuff

I like how Felice Cohen has everything organized so that it’s easy to find everything. And, she gets by with less clothing and shoes as well. I think she’s right that most people don’t wear half the stuff they buy, so it’s important to determine what you actually wear and get rid of the rest to save space.

This is a real life situation where less is more, and you have more time to say, enjoy the night life of Manhattan.

I confess, I could live this lifestyle as a musician living in New York City. It’s definitely something to think about.



Carlos Rull

Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and

4 thoughts on “Frugal Living in a 90 Square Foot Microstudio in Manhattan

  • Wednesday April 13, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    My first apartment in Manhattan was 100 sq feet so I know exactly how this lady felt. 🙂 I loved it but it was way too small for me. I also had a loft bed and a few times I hit my head on the ceiling. lol

    • Wednesday April 13, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      You basically had the same kind of apartment! Wow… I probably would be hitting my head a lot on the ceiling too. 😉

  • Tuesday April 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    This video is phenomenal. New Yorkers are often well-versed with living in small quarters, but Felice takes the cake! This a great demonstration on how small spaces can be optimized with the use of proper organization.

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