The Student Movers is proud to support Move For Hunger in it’s drive to help end hunger in the U.S. We work with a network of over 250 movers in 40 states and have helped collect over 420,000 lbs of food for food banks across America.
We feel strongly that hunger in the United States is a solvable problem, even in times of economic downturn. Move for Hunger aims to resolve hunger in America by collecting and redistributing food that is often discarded when people move.
Donating food that is non-perishable, such as canned goods, can lead to ending hunger in impoverished areas near you and across the country. Why throw away something perfectly good when people are going hungry?
Student Movers is happy to accept donations from our customers when they move. We will pay them forward to Move for Hunger, but your ability to reach out doesn’t end there. You can help them raise $10,000 through watching their video on Slide Rocket, a new online way to create multi-media presentations. Slide Rocket is giving the money away to the presentation that has the most views.
There aren’t many other ways that you can help donate money to a wonderful non-profit by just watching a video. Take less than ten minutes of your time, and help win ten thousand dollars for charity.
Living in small spaces can require a lot of careful planning to maximize the space you have available. From storing your holiday decorations to have a dedicated space to eat meals, living in tight quarters can quickly turn in to a nightmare. However, keeping your footprint small and maximizing your space can be truly freeing.
Patrick Kennedy of Fair Companies designs SmartSpaces – the apartment equivalent of a SmartCar – to maximize efficiency in small living spaces for urban living. The idea seems highly plausible – low rent, desirable addresses, and big city living with plenty of nearby amenities – but would you be comfortable living in 160 square feet? That’s the size of most people’s living rooms. Check out their video below:
These mini-studios could work for those living by themselves and without a need for more room. If you work more than forty hours a week and are a weekend warrior, you’re never really home much anyway. These spaces would be for personal storage and a place to shower and sleep. California’s minimum square footage requirement for a living space is 160 square feet, but other states, such as New York, have much lower requirements.
For highly desirable locations, such as Manhattan, mini-studios can get smaller than 90 square feet. Living in a space that tiny requires a lot of planning and organization, as well as some serious downsizing. Check out how Felice Cohen does it here:
So, do you still think your home is too small?
A lot of us have requirements for larger spaces – pets, kids, storage needs, etc – that don’t allow us to live so minimally. And honestly, unless you are living in a largely impacted city, you don’t need to sacrifice space for location. However, for those on a budget, or just starting out in a big city, having an affordable living space close to the place where you work can offset other costs, such as transportation, housing association fees, and the cost of utilities or furnishings. Sure, you may not be able to invite your friends over for a gourmet meal you prepared, but big city living provides you with urban amenities just around the corner. And just think, when the time comes to move, you’re entire apartment will fit into a portable storage unit!