Originally Posted by Magpie1972
I also disagree that it's a matter of storage. I think we don't need as much as most of us have. Lots of people have an embarrassing excess.
That's for sure, we definitely don't need as much stuff as most of us have. We live on the bare minimum and have a few rules. First is if we've had it for a year and we haven't used it, we get rid of it. Our second one is when we bring something new in, something else has to go out. This really makes us all think before we purchase something! Do we REALLY need it, and what will be get rid of to make room for it? One of our sayings is, "we value people over stuff and relationships over things."
Nonetheless, when you have a very small home that was built to work well for a family of 3-4 and you have a family of soon to be 7 trying to squeeze in, the fact is you will have to be very, very creative in the storage department. This house has nearly zero storage, and it's not an embarassing excuse, it's a fact. Come over and see for yourself!
We use our kitchen table for school instead of purchasing desks that take up space, we purchase the minimum amount of school books and materials we need so that we have less to store. We do a lot on the computer. Both of our little ones share our room (with dh and I) and our teens do each have the other two bedrooms but one is super tiny and that teen only has room for a dresser and bed. He is a guitarist and there's not room for this guitar and related things. He pretty much just sleeps there.
Just stuff like that and I could go on. The facts are the facts, not an excuse. Small homes are super hard to keep decluttered (not clean--we don't live in filth--but decluttered). And unless you live in a house this size with as many people, you have no idea what it's like.
But I am not complaining because I love our little home! We feel very blessed for what we've been given.