Here is my house. All 1283 square feet of it. To some people that may seem decent size, but to many with a family my size seems tiny. Which it can be. We live in a “townhouse” but luckily we do not share a wall with our neighbors like most in the community do. We are tucked away in the back corner lot so it is somewhat private. We have a 2 car garage and no yard. We chose this and we still love it. Somedays I do dream of a bigger house. One that has an office, a playroom, a formal dining room, a guest room… all the things my current house lacks. Then I start thinking about all the crap it would take to fill the house, maintain it and run it. I want a yard full of chickens and a goat and a playhouse. I shudder at the thought of what the upkeep of that looks like. The cost of watering a yard, feeding livestock, all the jazz the comes with more space. You see we live small on purpose. Our tiny little house does not hold a lot. That means I need to be creative and picky about what comes and out. My kids don’t have a bunch of toys because A). Most of them wouldn’t get played with B.) I think it is totally wasteful to spend ridiculous amounts of money on toys that kids just grow out of C.) We have no room for them. I have learned to maximize as much organizational techniques as possible.(You can read a bit about it HERE) It is not always easy but it something we do on purpose.
You may be asking why… well there here are few reasons:
- Money- Our mortgage matches our square footage. We live small so that we can live the way we want. We aren’t in over our heads.
- Energy- Since our house is small our energy bills are lower. We live in AZ so a big house in the summer could cost well over $300 to keep cool. We would not be able to afford that. Plus it is wasteful. We have concrete floors on the top floor and that has helped with keeping it warm in the winter and cool in the summer. We installed solar blocking window shades two summers ago and it paid for it self in less then a year. Someday I would love to install solar panels to generate our own electricity plus some for the neighbors around us.
- Eco-friendly- We have a VERY small footprint. I think it is maybe 700 feet total. The fact that we have no yard that belongs to us around it means that is all the space we are taking up. Let’s face it… we are overpopulated, especially here in AZ. We will run out of land to farm, grow, play, and live on if people don’t learn to live simply. One day we want a bigger house. We also want one that makes sense from a sustainability stand point. I would love something that creates it’s own energy and a place to grow food. I would not buy brand new either. I would take what is already here and make it new to me. Someday…
I know that for some this is totally an unrealistic thought but it works for us. What works for you?