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A 21-year-old college graduate lives in a 72-square-foot apartment in New York City and pays a rent of $1,345 a month

Kirsty Kendall

Insider published an article about a 21-year-old college graduate who lives in a 72-square-foot apartment in the West Village, New York City. She pays a rent of $1,345 a month for her micro-apartment.

Micro-apartments and tiny houses are often proposed as a solution to the housing crisis. But small-space living has its downsides.

Daily life in a 72-square-foot apartment

On Insider, the college graduate talks about how her daily life looks like in a 72-square-foot apartment. She sleeps on a futon bed which she turns into a couch as soon as she wakes up.

On the wall opposite the sofa bed, there is a two-bar garment rack with storage bins under it. There is also a storage loft above the tiny kitchen area.

The college graduate has to stand on top of her fridge to reach the tools and ingredients she needs to make coffee in the morning.

Of course, the bathroom of the micro-apartment is tiny as well. The shower takes up the whole bathroom.

According to Insider, the 21-year-old is out and about most of the day.

Are micro apartments a solution to the housing crisis?

The rents in Manhattan are so expensive that even living in a micro-apartment can be costly.

New York City is not the only place where housing prices are soaring. Property prices are rising rapidly worldwide. Few people can afford to buy a home anymore.

Micro-apartments and tiny houses are often offered as the solution. But experts warn about the health risks of living in cramped homes.

Dak Kopec, director of design for human health at Boston Architectural College, talked about the downsides of micro-apartments on The Atlantic.

According to Kopec, micro-apartments can work for someone in their 20s. But living in tiny homes can be unhealthy for people in their 30s and 40s.

For a 21-year-old college graduate, a 72-square-foot apartment in New York City can be a dream come true. But such a tiny apartment might be a nightmare for an older person who spends more time at home.

What do you think, would you be able to live in a 72-square-foot home? Please share your thoughts in the comments.

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