There are some pretty amazing things about living in New York City that only those who’ve ever experienced it can attest to. Maybe it’s the energy of the city on that first warm spring day after a harsh cold winter, the moment when your barista remembers your name AND your order, or a walk through Central Park in the heart of fall.
New York Living
While city living can feel like a dream, parts of it downright suck. There are also things about living in New York that only the rich and famous are privy to experience. One of those things is space. When it comes to finding your dream apartment, there’s really no such thing in the city. There’s always something you have to compromise on.
If you want to live in downtown Manhattan, don’t expect an elevator building. Your bedroom might actually be just that. A room for your bed, with little room for much else. And a closet? What closet?
If you’ve never explored New York real estate, you’d be shocked at how many bedrooms in New York don’t have a closet. In hindsight, this is ironic given how common working in the fashion industry is here, but I digress…
To Store or Not to Store
This weekend I’m moving into a one-bedroom apartment that doesn’t have a closet in the bedroom, but what it does have is a massive built-in, open closet system with racks, shelving, and drawers that takes up the entire length of one wall. It’s truly the most storage for clothes, shoes, and of course, bags that I’ve had since living in New York.
Immediately upon seeing the space, I had visions of my perfectly curated closet dancing in my head (and admittedly, I thought, more room to buy things!). The closet has shelving on the very top which will need to be accessed with a step ladder, but I instantly thought it would be the perfect place for my bags. I love my collection, and I thought it would be great to have them all on display. Additionally, I hope it will help me reach for some of my lesser-used bags more.
But then I thought about it further and began to wonder if it was a good idea after all. Won’t they get dusty? What if the sunlight hits them, and they get discolored? Do influencers really leave their bags on shelves without their dustbags? Do you?