Hi, I just found this thread, I haven't read through the whole thing yet, but I wanted to introduce myself.
I don't currently live in a small house. However, soon, we will be moving to a small one, which presents a whole sleugh of challenges. The house we're moving to is about 1/4 the size of our current home. There are 4 of us, DH, myself, and 2 kids.
I'm really excited about it... not so much about the size, but the location. We're out in the country now, but we'll be right in town when we move. We actually lived there when we first got married, but then moved out here, now we're moving back, but with two more people. DH is a horrible packrat and we were cramped the first time we lived there, but after 6 years in a big house, and two kids later... should be interesting.
I'm trying to convince DH to just 'let go', and let me (with his direction) thin out the possesions, and he's going along to a certain extent... but he's holding onto the idea of moving back into a house that's somewhere inbetween in size, and wants to rent storage space, so we can keep everything. <sigh>
Anyway, anyone have any experience sizing down dramatically? Any advice on helping DH let go? I'm really excited about the small space, but how do I help DH and the kids (and the cats (2 of them, who both lived there before as well)for that matter) ) adjust?