Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about our home. It’s the first home I’ve ever owned, and I love it. It has big windows, a front porch, a back deck, hardwood floors, and the world’s greatest neighbours. And it’s small.
That last point really was a selling feature for me. I’m serious. I’ve always been a big fan of the small house movement. It advocates for living well in small spaces which just makes sense to me -less to clean, fix, furnish, and pay for. I want my home to be a place of shared spaces, that brings the family together. So, when looking for a house we knew we wanted under 1,000 sq. ft. and we got that at just over 850 sq. ft.
At first the house seemed huge with plenty of room for impromptu dance parties. But slowly it transformed from spacious into cozy and then, with the addition of Boo, into downright crowded. What happened to us? And the bigger question, what will happen to us?
Yes, that last question constantly lurks in the back of my mind. We are a 2 bedroom home. Can this wonderful little house, filled with wonderful memories, accommodate my dreams for a growing family?
Small houses take work and they take a ridiculous amount of creativity. Am I up for the challenge? And if not, am I really up for just leaving my home, and the values and memories that it holds? I don’t think so.
And so I’m in need of advice or encouragement. Or at the very least, some solidarity, so we can whine about our love for small houses together. Join the trend. Someday it will catch on…
And for inspiration, let’s take a look at the masters of small. These people/homes are genius and apartment therapy is hosting their international annual small cool contest. No, I’m not entering. The contest is small cool places. Our place is just small, but I guess that’s already pretty cool…