Living Large in a Small Space

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If you haven't heard of the small house craze you must be living under a rock. HGTV alone has a running rotation of shows devoted to people who want to live large in a small space. It seems that the general homebuyer has changed from those that wanted the McMansions of the past to the pretty little things of the right now. 

I'm all for reducing our impact and for even saving money, but many of these houses that they tout as the newest, have more luxuries than my ranch. And the price tag is almost as much! A decked out style with all the amenities can run you up to $100,000, and that doesn't include the land to put it on!

But I have a few words of advice from someone who was living small before it was the craze. Hubby and I rented a house in 1991 that could be have been on one of these shows. This little abode was a former shoe-worker house. It had three rooms and an after-thought (that was the bathroom). There was one closet, and most of that was taken up by the water heater. There were 4 kitchen cabinets and a stove that couldn't cook anything bigger than a small chicken. The bedroom was big enough for a dresser and a double bed and when I rolled over in the middle of the night my butt would roll up against the window! Not the frame... the window! God forbid it was the summer and the windows had to be open! 

My advice to anyone thinking small...

1. Give up your hobbies. Unless you do something that requires very little space or is done in the great outdoors, you'd better think about it. 

2. Privacy. There is none. I don't care how much you love the other person, but if you want a moment to yourself and you live in a small space it isn't going to happen. You have to go outside to change your mind. 

3. Check your expectations. You really like that King-Size bed? Hmmm, you might have to give up being able to walk around it if you go with a small space. 

4. It's a lot of money for a space that is transient. The phrase Putting Down Roots? It means something. There is a permanence in buying a home that means you are buying into something bigger than yourself. Our house didn't have wheels, but we both knew that there was no permanence in living in a home that couldn't fit the ones we love. 

5. A lot of people are touting these homes are starter homes for minimalists, but frankly, what happens to it when you're done? It's most likely going to a landfill if it isn't recycled. Where's the savings in that? 

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