Ah the joys of New York apartment living. Visit any friend living just about anywhere else, and you'll die in comparison to their size and their cost. But, this be the social contract we've all signed up for. Small spaces at high premiums. In an effort to achieve something as vaguely organized and styled as the Pinterest board of hopeless dreams you continue to add to late at night, click through for some of the bare minimum essentials that will help you get your shit together.

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