or Connect
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Organize & Declutter › How big is your home?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

How big is your home? - Page 3

post #41 of 77
We have a city lot (1/10 acre) and 1500 square foot house. We are anti-clutter and have plenty of space.
Dh even runs an electrical contracting business out of one bedroom and garage!
We will stay here until we have 4-6 kids then we hope to find a few acres.
post #42 of 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by tessamami
That's right, I said 300 square feet, and not all of it is usable (we've got a weird slanted wall in the living room).

I've got a queen sized bed, a loft bed for DD, and the refrigerator in the living room, so that I could fit a "butcher" block table in the kitchen, that provides our "counter" space. So it's very tiny, but I live in NYC, near the UN. 2 adults, 1 five year old, and hopefully another, if God blesses us with another. . . . though it's really tight, I think that if everyone has a place to sleep, then you have enough room. . . . .
You are awesome!!!
post #43 of 77
1200 sq feet for 2 adults and 3 cats. Which would be way too much room if:
1. the house had a better layout, not fixable, but we'll definitely make a better choice with our next house
and/or
2. our stuff was organized better--that we're working on. One problem is that dh and I (him more than me) tend to be "out of sight out of mind" and if we put things away so the house isn't cluttered we end up buying duplicates and buying duplicates increases the clutter and putting it away creates duplicates and...
post #44 of 77
Our house is 3,000 square feet. It's a ranch with a (mostly) finished basement. We have 2 adults and 3 children. We have a bit more space than we need but we don't heat the rooms we don't use and we didn't buy any new furniture just to fill the space or anything; we just have a room or two that rarely get used.
post #45 of 77
nak...

Our hme is roughly 2100 sq ft, 3bedrm, loft, 2.5 bath. we moved here from 1100 sg ft, 600 before that and we just keep adding more stuff. we have also added children and ds is a packrat like mom & dad.

I'm trying to clear out stuff, one rm at a time.
post #46 of 77
don't mind me, technical difficulties.
post #47 of 77

1248 square feet

With 1248 square feet of basement (unfinished). We are 2 adults, one almost toddler, 2 dogs and 10 chicks (they are going out as soon as they are feathered).

We built this house and it does not have an open floor plan. We have 1.5 bathrooms (absolutely neccesary) and 3 bedrooms. Our bedrooms are small and I'm still trying to decide how we'll handle toys. We do not have extra rooms (no dining room, bonus room, formal living room). One of the bedrooms is an office.

We're having a yard sale this summer to clear out the clutter in the basement. When that is over we will be on the path to clutter free living and we'll have plenty of space. The living space is plenty, even if we add on to the family: . We spend lots of time outdoors (20 acres) and we have plenty of out buildings (horse barn, chicken house, woodshed, sheep shed, lawnmower shed).
post #48 of 77
Around 1800 sq ft, with two adults and four children--the pets live Outside. We do have a very large yard.

I think the size is perfect, but everything needs improvement to function well and we have a lot of small and large renovation prpjects to do--we have walls with bad wallpaper half-peeled-off and rough door openings cut in and ugly unpleasant things like that here and there.. A second bathroom, including a shower (we only have a bathtub now) are high on our priority list.
post #49 of 77
I was checking out the magazine rack at the grocery store today, and they had a bunch of magazines about living in "small" houses. One defined "small" as anything under 1700 sq ft, and another as 2000 sq feet or less! I'm sorry, but 2000 sq ft is NOT small!!!

I grew up in a 1000 sq ft bungalow. It was OK sized for a family of 4 (2 br, 1 ba), but my parents are pack rats, so it was rather full. The layout wasn't the best, either. The living room was HUGE, the dining room was large, and the kitchen, and both bedrooms were on the small side.

My first apartment after I got married was 500 sq feet, and it was definitely way too small, because the design sucked. The bedrooms, especially, were wonky, with bump-in windows that really dictated what sized furniture you could have and where you could put it (e.g., in one of the 2 bedrooms, the bump in window was 1" too close to the wall to allow a full sized bed between the window and the wall.) It was also poorly lit, and the tile floors were FREEZING all winter long. The kitchen was so small that you literally couldn't have 2 people in it at once, and the ONLY counter space was in front of the microwave.

From there, we moved to a 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath, 1000 square foot townhouse, which had an AWESOME layout. It was perfect for our family at the time.

Our next apartment was base housing in Germany. We had a 1500 square foot apartment plus a storage room in the basement. It had 3 bedrooms & 1 bath. That was a great size, but again, the layout wasn't perfect. The kitchen was on the small side, and the livingroom/diningroom "great room" was one large rectangle that never really worked well for us. Even when it was neat and clean, it didn't ever look truly pulled together.

Right now, we're staying in IL's huge, 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home while DH looks for a job. We're hoping we can afford a 1700-2000 square foot home with a nice sized yard. I thought that was huge!
post #50 of 77
I share an 830 sq ft apartment with my DH. We're expecting our first child in a few months, which is part of the reason we moved from a 540 sq ft place a few months ago.

I grew up in a 1000 square foot 3 BR/1BA house with six other people... this place feels gigantic!
post #51 of 77
Our "new" (been here for 3 years now ) house is plenty big for me... sometimes too big. I am unsure of the sq ft... we have 3 big bedrooms with walk in closets and a bath upstairs; downstairs we have a den, sunporch, living room, dining room, eat in kitchen and laundry room w/ 1/2 bath. We also have a full basement with a workshop and a cold storage room (the house is 100 years old). We live on 2 acres. It is really plenty of room for the 4 of us people, 2 large-ish dogs, two cats and hamster

We moved here from a 650 sq ft little cinderblock home. When we moved in, all of our furniture and belongings fit into the two front rooms. I loved that house, I could vacuume without unplugging the sweeper and it took no time to clean. Now I could spend all day cleaning and it looks the same... but I really do love the yard!
post #52 of 77
We have about 1800 sq. ft. for six of us. It feels about right in terms of square footage, but we're really short on storage space (shelving etc.) which is something I want to remedy. Space it tighter than it sounds because that square footage includes my music teaching studio and dh's shop space. We also homeschool ... to the space is very much used 24/7.

Miranda
post #53 of 77
My house is huge. 4,200 sq ft on 10 acres.

But this is our dream house. We lived in a tiny cabin (16 x 24) with no running water or electricity for 3 years. Had an outhouse. We turned it into a house and lived in that for another 5 years. It was 980 sq ft and we had 2 bedrooms, 1 bath and 5 us trying to live there. Too small. Since property values went way up we made out pretty good on our house and were able to afford to have our dream home built.

Smaller homes are way easier to clean but you have to clean more often. They also get cluttered fast. My bigger house is alot more work to clean. But as my kids get bigger and bigger they are helping more with things. Like my older 2 can keep their rooms picked up and make their beds. They can dust and vacuum too.

Having a smaller home is appealing for simplicity...but after living in a tiny house or cabin for so long and never being able to entertain I'm loving our big home.
post #54 of 77
We live in a 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 1100 sq ft apartment. It is dh and I plus 3 kids under 3. Some days it feels like enough space but it usually feels cramped because my poor toddler just roams around bored. He needs a yard to run and play.
post #55 of 77
I have 878 sq ft for 4 of us. Dd1 (16) shares with dd2 (12) and ds (12) has the other bed room. I have the spacious studio formerly known as the living room. The lay out is crummy, ds's room is the access to the back yard, the 2nd bath and laundry room. I dream of my own room I have a 10 x 10 shed for outside storage and it also holds the 2 tanks for the well so storage out there is crummy too.
On the up side, the house in mine (& the bank), pretty quiet nieghborhood, close to the schools, fenced yard, and screened front porch that runs the entire width of the front of the house (more storage). I think one more room would make a world of difference for me. When the oldest goes off the school I may share with dd2, the house feels bigger when I don't sleep in the living room.
post #56 of 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by tessamami
That's right, I said 300 square feet, and not all of it is usable (we've got a weird slanted wall in the living room).

I've got a queen sized bed, a loft bed for DD, and the refrigerator in the living room, so that I could fit a "butcher" block table in the kitchen, that provides our "counter" space. So it's very tiny, but I live in NYC, near the UN. 2 adults, 1 five year old, and hopefully another, if God blesses us with another. . . . though it's really tight, I think that if everyone has a place to sleep, then you have enough room. . . . .


wow! and i thought my approx 500 sq ft was cramped!, really it is cramped her ebecause we don't like it and never finished unpacking so have boxes still in living room/ bedroom after a year, but that has to do more with neighbors that with size of the place
post #57 of 77
I just moved into my 1100 sq ft, 3 bedroom apartment from a 2600 sq foot, 6 bedroom house. I had a lot of things that needed to go. I prefer my apartment over the house because it is smaller so there is less to clean and I don't have to keep walking up and down lots of steps..UGH!!! I only have 1 child. Our 3rd bedroom doubles as a home office and homeschool room. I am still getting rid of clutter. My project this weekend...tackle the storage shed...
post #58 of 77
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adamsmama
(Not sure if this is the right forum)

How big is your home and how many kids/pets do you have (and do you have plenty of space or more than/not enough)? I just wonder because I'm really trying to be content with what we have but am wondering if it is just too small if we were to have any more kids. I'm trying to stay organized/clutter free but it does seem difficult -- but maybe we just have too much stuff. Our place didn't seem so small before we had our 2nd child. Would like input/info. Thanks!
I don't know how much help this info would be - but we have a 5000 square foot house on 2 acres, 2 adults, 2 kids, 2 cats. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, living room, dining room, kitchen, pantry, sewing room, office, library, art studio with full second kitchen, mudroom, tool shed. Why on earth did we buy this house? Well, first it was a terrific deal. Second, DH and I work from home and needed workspace. Third, we have a lot of visitors/family visiting, so we wanted a comfy guest room with bath, so they would stay for a long time and visit. We love having company.

We could definitely make do with less space. But again, the house was a great deal when we bought it, and we love having room for our business and our long-term visitors.

And we are total homebodies. We love to be home, so we really enjoy having the space to spread out and relax.
post #59 of 77
We just moved into a 1700 sq ft house on a half acre - 3 bed, 1.5 baths. We were looking at bigger houses on bigger lots but I wasn't happy with any of them - I realized if we were spending ALL of our money to buy a house, I wanted it to be perfect (at least layout, yard wise) - we started looking at smaller houses and were much happier - yeah its only 1/2 acre versus an acre or two, but its all flat and useable for the kids to play (versus so many that were woods) and yes the house is smaller, but its cozy and our bedroom is huge and the basement is completely unfinished but is walkout so it has potential, as well as situated on a lot in such a way that we could put an addition on either side with no problem and still have a nice backyard.

I love that now that I'm doing our budget I'm thinking of ways to budget so we can put extra money into savings, rather than because we'll eat into our savings if we don't.

And I think I would just fill up a bigger house - though I will want another bedroom in a few years I think once #3 comes and leaves our bed..
post #60 of 77
About 1400 square ft of pretty badly used space. 2 bed 1 bath home on 3 acres.Two car garage with full upstairs storage. 2 adults and 1 child. Our house is big enough as long as we can keep the clutter down. We bought this place more for the land because DH is a nature lover and works the land every spare minute he has.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Organize & Declutter
Mothering › Mothering Forums › Natural Living › The Mindful Home › Organize & Declutter › How big is your home?