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post #21 of 35
I so want your dressers - they are exactly what I've been looking for - simple solid dressers made of REAL wood. Right now all our stuff is in those rubbermaid pull out stackable drawers but they are too deep and they topple over if the kids pull the top one out too far, etc.
post #22 of 35
wow thanks for sharing your home! very inspiring. we're thinking about making a major move/change/simplification that would include moving to a much smaller home/apartment. i love that you live in a one bedroom!
post #23 of 35
Great pictures. Very inspiring. Makes me love living in a small house. Plus I love how you have the books above the dresser on shelves. Now I can move my library out of the cosleeper!
post #24 of 35
What do y'all do with boys and girls in small houses? Do boys and girls share bedrooms?
post #25 of 35
DH and I just started building a 16 foot diameter straw bale retreat cabin for three year quiet retreat. (Is that 192 sq. feet?) We'll be living in it though 2 years before retreat starts. We will probably build an additional 12 foot meditation room so we don't live in our practice area, but we'll have a bed, low table for study and eating (like a big coffee table), and a small kitchen area in the main round. No fridge since we'll be off-grid (root cellar) and maybe even a solar oven in the wall. Very easy and not much in the way of belongings.

But my boy and girl shared the same room until he was 12 or so and then I shared with dd. When I married again, they had their own rooms, but we still only had about 900 square feet or so until recently. We had 1500 sq. foot manufactured home for 3 years; oldest moved out and we're in a 900 sq. foot apartment til the next is gone. When they were really little, we lived in a cabin in Alaska about 400 sq. feet total. It was my favorite home.
post #26 of 35
Thanks everyone!

I realized that my calculations were wrong. The house is 20x25, so 500 sq feet, not 525. I am not sure where I added the extra 25. Wishful thinking maybe.

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Originally Posted by mightymoo
I so want your dressers - they are exactly what I've been looking for - simple solid dressers made of REAL wood. Right now all our stuff is in those rubbermaid pull out stackable drawers but they are too deep and they topple over if the kids pull the top one out too far, etc.
They were a gift from MIL when we moved here from Hawaii and had NO furniture! She got them from IKEA. But it took a lot of finesse to stop her from just going to Walmart and picking up piece-o-crud dressers there. Which is, of course, what she wanted to do; she saw we had all our clothing stacked in a closet and wanted to 'fix it' (we did need it). We managed to convince her that anything she bought at Walmart would only last half as long as something she bought at IKEA. We still haven't broken her of the Walmart habit, but at least she (usually) doesn't buy us stuff from there anymore. We got a whole ton of the rest of the stuff at IKEA, including the closet shelving and the wall-shelves we've hung above the dressers. And then we got a bunch of stuff off of freecycle too. Including the woodstove! And the couches.

We obviously all share a bedroom but the kids are small yet (oldest is 6) and they are not really even beginning to enter the age where they are interested in privacy at all. They're still happy to swim together naked, change in the same room, etc.

We moved into this place thinking we'd figure out an addition or move again soon. We've found ourselves pretty decently comfortable here, though, after making a few changes. Still, we'd like to have a little more space within the next year or so as our eldest matures into a need for privacy. Right now she can go up into her bed, pull a sheet over that rainbow-ish thing, turn on her star light, and be alone for a bit if she likes; this is all she seems to need. I imagine that need will grow over the next couple of years and I don't want to make her go through it in a painful way before we get down to making more space.

I would never put off a wanted child for lack of space. Although a combo of circumstances in which lack of space played a factor, yeah.
post #27 of 35
I'm not sure if we count as small. We have two adults, two kids, a cat, a dog and 2 guinea pigs in a 1200 sq ft house. We do have a garage, a screened in porch, and a nice back yard which all make it feel much larger, in my opinion. We are one of the smaller houses in our neighborhood. I am actually very comfortable in the house. We have 3 bedrooms. One for me and DH, one for the girls, then the other is an office/guestroom.

Sometimes I do think it would be great to live in 2000+sq ft like most of my neighbors, but then I remember I can vacuum my whole house without moving the electrical chord! Hey, count your blessings!
post #28 of 35
Raleigh Mom, I am from SC and that describes most of the houses in my family growing up. My grandmother lives in an 1150, the other in a 1250. I grew up in a 1200, and my cousins: they had the big house! Once Uncle Cecil enclosed the garage, they had a whopping 1450 sq feet!!!!!!! They all have three bedrooms, one or two baths and carports or garages. Usually they're on at least half an acre, and I think that does contribute to the sense of space.

It was normal, and only now as an adult can I imagine those houses as small.
post #29 of 35
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Originally Posted by Delight
...I have obsessed over the Tumblewood houses forever. Ooooh
These are soooo cool. I don't know if I could do quite that small, but they are nice!

We have about 1350 sq ft & right now it's me, dd & stbx so pretty soon it will be just me & dd. We have too much crap so it feels cluttered. I have a hard time letting things go...gifts & such. I also have a hard time throwing something away that still has some 'life' left in it or can be reused. But I'm getting much better.If I don't love it or use it, out it goes. I've also become more discriminating in what I buy which definitely helps.

I do think this is a perfect size, but could be even better with a better layout. The kitchen is small & feels closed off from the other rooms & the front door always seems so cluttered because we don't have a closet. Actually there are no closets on the entire first floor, and the only closets upstairs are in the bedrooms (no linen closet or such). I do like that all the bedrooms are upstairs a lot.

Outside space definitely helps, although our lot is 50 x 100, we still have a good size room to play & for me to have a garden. There is also a little park down the street which is nice also.

Sometimes I would like a little more space, but like pp's have mentioned, it's just more to clean. It's awesome that I can vaccuum all of the downstairs without unplugging the vaccuum & do all of the upstairs from one outlet too.
post #30 of 35
We're in the planning stages of going from 2400 to appox. 200 sq.ft.! 2 adults & 1 toddler. We're hoping to find really good temporary homes for the 2 kitties, if not.. we'll be bringing them along,too.
Presently, we have a 3br/1.5ba, 3story, split-level w/2car garage & .6 acres. We're going to rent it out & move into an Airstream. We're still in the planning stages...but we're looking at anywhere between 24' & 31'. So, very small.


I've lived in a VW for a few months, my dodge caravan for a few months, and seen lots of different layouts of motor homes & semi-truck cabs... you have to think in the terms of cubic ft more than square footage- taking advantage of height, as well. But it can be done. You have to get down to the bare minimums & if you attain something new, something old has to go to make room.

I agree w/nikirj, your outside space is a huge factor. The reason I've lived in vehicles is because it allowed me to travel around the country... but living out in a yurt in the woods is just as appealing to me.. it's the small, simplified space.


We're really going to have pare down to that size, enough clothes for a week, 3 boxes of toys that can be rotated out... cooking utensils... toiletries... some art supplies, port.sewing machine, stereo, cd's, port.dvd player. We're hoping to receive this little portable washing machine very soon... I don't want to endorse this product until I've tried it, but it's part of the plan.

We'll be packing up all of our pictures & quilts,as well as picking out some of our choice records & books to put in a storage closet we'll be renting here in town. After we have all we plan to keep, I'll be selling stuff on ebay as well as the Trading Post here... and after all of that is gone... opening up my entire house, right at the end of rummage sale season & selling it. I may even offer previews for $5 or something. I have so much great stuff, it's all been carefully selected from rummage sales or goodwill, lots of beautiful gifts which are really hard to part w/ but I just have to. I feel so owned by my things. I feel so giddy when I think of pulling away from here w/just what I need, my family & freedom. It's something that keeps coming back to me, I feel this need to have a possessional cleansing & be mobile... just to see what happens. We're not hitting the open road, yet... but planning on staying at my parent's property in FL for a season, my husband is pretty handy & does lots of house painting so he'll be getting licensed & working down there for about 5x what he would make here in the midwest. SO> that's the plan! We'll see how it takes shape!
post #31 of 35
beemama - that sounds wonderful!


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Originally Posted by beemama
... I feel so owned by my things. ...
This is how I feel a lot lately. Once my divorce is finalized & stbx moves out there will be a MAJOR purge. I get giddy just thinking about that!

Has anyone seen the HGTV show "Small Space, Big Style" I love it! First of all it shows that you don't have to have a huge space or a ton of money to live, like most of the other home shows. And it really showcases people's creativity in living in small spaces as well as paring down to just what you need. Hmm, now I want to go watch it...off to check the tv listings .
post #32 of 35
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Originally Posted by A&A
What do y'all do with boys and girls in small houses? Do boys and girls share bedrooms?
Yes, they're only in there to sleep mostly anyway (and half the time they're in MY room on the floor )
post #33 of 35
niki - i love your place! it looks so homey and sweet.
post #34 of 35
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Originally Posted by bu's mama
Has anyone seen the HGTV show "Small Space, Big Style" I love it! First of all it shows that you don't have to have a huge space or a ton of money to live, like most of the other home shows. And it really showcases people's creativity in living in small spaces as well as paring down to just what you need.
YES! When we still had our TV, that was one of the only shows I would watch. It's so great. Now I just visit their website for ideas. Love it!
post #35 of 35
DH, 2 toddlers, the cat and I live in about 700 sqf. Its very open and airy, mostly because we dont have much stuff. Infact I have gone around today and found 3 boxes of crap to give away.
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