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02/11/2014 09:14 am ET Updated Feb 11, 2014

11 Small-Space Living Tricks From Real-Life Apartments

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No matter where you live and what you're paying for rent, one thing is certain about your apartment: It's not as big as you'd like it to be. At least, that's what it seems like when you try to wedge yet another dress in your closet, or try to have more than two people over your place. While we can't upgrade you to larger digs, we can help you utilize your current space better so that it's like a good diamond -- much larger than it appears. Check out these fabulous apartments to see 11 tried-and-true tricks for carrying out that grand illusion.

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