Hi there, and welcome to Practically Functional! My name is Jessi, I’m 26 years old, and I live in a tiny apartment just a few miles north of downtown Chicago with my husband, JonMarke, and our two kitties.
Practically Functional is all about loving your home, no matter where you live! Our apartment is only 650 square feet, and because we live in the city we don’t own a car, but that doesn’t stop me! I decorate, I craft, I DIY, I build, I organize, I cook… I even garden! We love every single square foot of our little home, and you can love yours too, no matter where you live!
My passion is DIY, so I can’t let a little thing like a rental lease stop me. I am not really allowed to paint the walls in our apartment, but that’s just about the only thing I don’t do! Here at Practically Functional I share simple, detailed tutorials for tons of projects you can do yourself, and then “undo” yourself whenever you’re ready to move out! Some of my favorites are the kitchen shelf I made from half of a pallet, and the bath shelf I made from the other half!
And just because we can’t paint a wall doesn’t mean we can’t decorate! There are tons of rental-friendly ways to add color to your home, like by wallpapering your kitchen cabinets! I have a full-time job in the IT department of an insurance company, and I work from home most days, so I spend a lot of time in this apartment. That means it definitely has to be a space I love to be in, and decorating really helps!
I also spend a lot of time organizing. Is it weird that it’s one of my favorite things to do?! I love organizing, so fitting a lot of stuff into a small space is an awesome challenge for me. At Practically Functional I’ll show you how to get the most out of limited storage space and make it work for you!
I love to garden, but we don’t have a yard or even a deck attached to our apartment, so I grow a small indoor herb garden in our kitchen windowsills. I also love to cook and craft, and I share recipes and craft tutorials whenever I can!
And when I’m not working in, decorating, organizing, or crafting in our apartment, I’m living in it! JonMarke and I don’t have cable, but we love to watch shows and movies on Netflix (Doctor Who, Arrested Development, and Weeds are probably some of my favorites!) We are also constantly entertained by our two kitties, Puck (the black one) and Finnegan (the brown tabby).
We adopted them when they were 1 month old, and they’re now clearly the kings of this castle! I even installed some carpet-covered climbing shelves onto the wall above our couch to give them a place to run and play!
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I want to hear from you! Please feel free to email me anytime at jessi[at]practicallyfunctional[dot]com anytime, even if it’s just to say hi!