Now I know why my Californian neighbour complains about lack of space! 800 sq ft is not that small over here!
Our house is 360 sq ft and there are 6 of us. One is weeny so doesn't take up much space but we are still sort of squeezed into 2 bedrooms, one bathroom, one living room and one eat in kitchen.
Our new secret is outdoor storage. We have a small garden and a parking place at the back of the house for 2 cars. We already had a small shed next to the house but we have just bought a new shed for the end of the drive as we only have one car anyway. At 8' x 8' its bigger than the boys' bedroom!!!!!
Its great. All the bikes and big stuff are in the bog shed and there is now carpet in the old shed with shelving for books and puzzles, a small chest of drawers with old videos and cassettes, our spare folding chairs and the tumble dryer. I have been able to clear all that stuff out of the understairs cupboard which has a door from the kitchen and have put up shelves in there along the long wall to make a pantry.
All the pasta, flour, rice, tins, jars, veg, and fruit are in there; its cool because its on the outside wall of the house. I'm going to add another shelf this month when I have the money so I can take the food containers out of the useless corner cupboard in the kitchen then I might be able to reach one when I need it without getting on my hands and knees and reaching in there like a vet examining a calving cow!
If you have any storage space that could be put to better use I would highly recommend it; that and folding furniture. Our dining table (like this
one) is only fully extended when we eat otherwise it obstructs the back door and our dining chairs
are stored under an odd bit of the kitchen counter next to the washing machine.
If we have friends over to eat we move the table into the living room and the kitchen looks enourmous. That is what makes me sad about living in a small place: that its not so easy to entertain. We have more parties in the summer so we can all be outside but I have two February birthdays and its tricky to have people here for them.