Dorm Days: 50 Best Blogs for Fabulous Small-Space Living

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January 31st, 2011

Living in a college dorm typically means living in cramped quarters. But that doesn't mean your style has to be cramped, too. Read what other dorm dwellers, tiny house owners, and apartment lovers have to say about living a fabulously small life on these blogs.

Small Living

These blogs can help you learn to embrace small living.

  1. Unclutterer: Get and stay organized with the help of Unclutterer.
  2. Zen Habits: Learn to live life a little more zen with Zen Habits.
  3. Living Small: Read about the power of small living on Living Small.
  4. The Rentables: If you're renting an apartment or home for college, check out this blog on renting.
  5. Shoebox Decor: Shoebox Decor discusses decorating small spaces on a shoestring.
  6. Small Space Resources: Small Space Resources shares ideas to make the most of small spaces.
  7. Small Place Style: Small Place Style has inspirational photos for living in small spaces.
  8. Smart Spaces Blog: Learn about Murphy beds and more on this small spaces blog.
  9. loving.living.small: This small space dweller blog is dedicated to spaces 1000 square feet and under.
  10. Small Living: This blog is all about small, green living.
  11. Smaller Living: Victoria writes to live small and prosper.

Furniture & Style

Check out these blogs for smart style in small spaces and beyond.

  1. Ikea Hackers: Do interesting and creative things with cheap furniture in small spaces with this blog.
  2. The Inspired Room: Get inspired, one room at a time, on The Inspired Room.
  3. Fresh Home Blog: Find easy ideas for your small space on the Fresh Home Blog.
  4. Re-Nest: Check out this blog to study design for green homes.
  5. The Design Blog: The Design Blog offers a guide to livable spaces.
  6. LittleDiggs: LittleDiggs discusses the big things that make small spaces livable.
  7. Unplggd: Learn about smarter homes with fewer wires on Unplggd.
  8. HGTV: Small Spaces: You'll find loads of advice for decorating your small space on this blog.
  9. Elizabeth Anne Designs Living: Find style for your home, no matter the space, on EAD Living.
  10. Design*Sponge: Small or large, Design*Sponge has great resources for stylish living.

Tiny Houses

Learn how these tiny house dwellers survive and thrive in a small space.

  1. This Tiny House: This Tiny House features stories on renovations completed on trailers and other small homes.
  2. Tiny House Project: Follow the growth of a tiny house in this blog.
  3. The Tiny Life: The Tiny Life features tiny houses and tiny living.
  4. Living Large in Our Little House: See how this family lives large in a little house.
  5. Small House Style: Small House Style shares images, plans, and more for stylish small homes.
  6. Tiny House Blog: Tiny House is about living simply in small spaces.
  7. Shedworking: Shedworking offers a lifestyle guide for people who work in garden offices and other shed atmospheres.
  8. Tumbleweed: Tumbleweed shares tiny house projects and more.
  9. Tiny Free House: Learn about this experiment to create a tiny free house.
  10. Door Sixteen: Anna writes about her 19th century row house in Hudson Valley.
  11. The Scrap House: The Scrap House is an experiment in building a house of material from dumpsters.
  12. hiveMODULAR: hiveMODULAR shares designs of beautiful, modern prefab homes.
  13. Living Small: Living Small makes small the new big.
  14. Tiny House Design: Tiny House Design shares how less is more sustainable.
  15. {the cottage nest}: Jen's blog shares the adventures of a formerly suburban family.
  16. Small House Musings: Live large in smaller spaces with Small House Musings.

Small Gardens

Think that your small dorm space means you can't have a garden? Read these blogs and think again.

  1. Small Space Gardens: Shirley believes that a sustainable lifestyle begins in the garden.
  2. Urban Organic Gardener: This gardener grows his own food and vegetables in the city.
  3. Your Small Kitchen Garden: Your Small Kitchen Garden will help you grow your own food in a limited space.
  4. Life on the Balcony: Life on the Balcony features gardening tips for apartments and condos.
  5. The 6×8 Garden: See how this former farm kid makes a tiny garden work.

Apartments & Dorms

Follow these blogs for a look into small apartments and dorms with style.

  1. Glenwood: Glenwood discusses Manhattan living, including indoor plant care and storage.
  2. Ron's Apartment Living Blog: Ron shares laws, neighbors, negative energy, and more in this apartment blog.
  3. Naked Notes: This blog discusses renting and living in a New York apartment.
  4. Manhattan Nest: Daniel writes about decorating his first apartment in Manhattan.
  5. Moving to an Apartment: Moving to an Apartment has tips for apartment living.
  6. Apartment Therapy: Apartment Therapy saves the world, one room at a time.
  7. LoftLife: LoftLife has a guide to style in the city.
  8. Lovely Undergrad: Lovely Undergrad shares her guide to dorm decor and more.

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