Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tiny Places to Live

Born on this day: L. Frank Baum, Chazz Palminteri, Paul Zindel, Emmitt Smith (via NNDB)

I seem to be fascinated by people who live in very small spaces lately. Mind you, I wouldn't want to do it myself, but I think I might like to live with a lot less stuff (at least in theory). That's part of what I find so interesting about people who have managed to squeeze everything they own into a little bit of room.

Like this one:

Or this one (this is a bit long, but after a few minutes you'll have seen everything. It's a pretty ingenious setup. I especially liked the bed and the rooftop terrace):

Maybe my intense interest is because I seem to be on a constant quest to have fewer belongings, but...I still buy things. Not a lot of things, but enough to make living in any of the places above impossible, even if I lived alone. But it's intriguing to me that there are adventurous people who do this or who simply live in small spaces due to necessity. I know that for all that I love looking at big houses, I don't want to have to clean one or heat one or pay the taxes on one.

What do you consider to be the ideal size for a house? And would you ever want to downsize? Or upsize, for that matter.


Mary Preston said...

I don't know what my ideal size would be - not being good with measurements for a start. I need room to move & LOTS of storage. I am always running out of cupboard space.

Laney4 said...

Wow, Myrna. Quite the videos!
Didn't like the first place, as only two stovetop elements and a tiny closet and fridge just don't do it for me. I also would feel claustrophic in the bedroom IF I could get up those steps with my sore feet. I didn't see a washer/dryer there either; he probably handwashes.
I liked the mirror on the door in the second video.
The third one had potential, but like the others, there's a lot of work to maintaining them!
As for my own home, it is 1,050 square feet. We told people 28 years ago when we bought it that it was our retirement home. Our two young adult kids still live here (paying room and board, working full-time, and saving money for down payments on their own homes), plus we entertain quite a bit, so the house is never empty.
I too am trying to downsize all my junk. If I had to move, the biggest/heaviest items to move would be my groceries because I buy on sale with coupons, ensuring we eat the oldest stuff first. (I have not had things go bad; it's just that we have company quite a bit and rarely eat out, so we need lots of food.) I rarely buy household items (unless broken beyond repair) or clothing (as I am given a few things on my birthday, Christmas, and Mother's Day sometimes). I have organized yard sales for our street every year since 1985, so a bunch goes out with that. I go online and request free things, and then I share them with friends and family.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, I agree on the storage space. Especially in my kitchen!

Elaine, when I moved into my house (just over 28 years ago), it was supposed to be a starter home, but...we're still here and now we're determined to stay. After adding on one room so that we now have 3 bedrooms, it's not big, but big enough. I like having enough space so that people can have privacy when they need it but not so much that cleaning overwhelms me.