Freelance designer Luke Clark Tyler keeps all his worldly possessions in the same amount of space that McMansion-dwellers allot for clothes and shoes. His Manhattan apartment is the size of a walk-in closet — 78 square feet, just enough space to park a Mini Cooper. 

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Tyler has a convertible couch/bed — when the bed is folded down, it spans the entire apartment, which is only 6.5 feet wide. He has a desk with a mirror over it to give the illusion of a slightly larger room. His printer and microwave are in the closet. And … that’s about it. He doesn’t need to fit a bathroom in his space — he shares one with his neighbors — but he does need to carve out room in the closet to store his bathroom accoutrements, which is why he doesn’t use a full-size towel. Presumably he cuts the legs off his pants and squeezes out half his toothpaste too.

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It’s kind of boggling that an apartment this small is even available for human habitation — it reminds me of nothing so much as the Robot Arms Apartments from Futurama — but hey, if you want to live in Manhattan for $800 a month, you don’t have that many options. And Tyler’s not just saving money by living small; he’s saving waste and utilities as well. Still, especially given that he works mainly from home, he’s probably relieved that there’s a big city outside his door.