We talk a lot about small space living and loving our Shoebox. That’s because we really dig our little digs. But what if you happen to live in a larger home? Or what if you truly need more than 450 square feet? Tiny homes aren’t for everyone, and they might not be a great permanent option either. Today, I’m sharing candid thoughts on why small living spaces aren’t for everyone or forever.
Living in the Shoebox has it advantages. It’s so quick to clean. And I can hear the boys from every corner of the place, so I never have to worry about where they’ve gone off to. (Well, Red at least since he’s the only mobile one). It’s cozy. It keeps life simple. It makes us ever-aware of what we buy and where we’ll store it. It gives me a great excuse to not do Pilates because I easily touch the ceiling fan when stretching. I’ve almost had a few fingers taken off during a little workout session. Those ceiling fans really can be dangerous at full-force!
Of course, 450 square feet has its disadvantages too. We can’t have guests stay with us because we truly don’t have a room for them. Actually, we have had a couple overnight guests. A few brave and easy-going souls (my leetle sister and one darling friend) have actually camped out on the Shoebox floor in sleeping bags for a night, at the foot of our bed. They were gracious, but I wouldn’t call floor-camping an ideal situation for any guests. Larger homes are nice because you can actually offer family and friends a place to stay with a door. And a bed. And, if they’re lucky, a bathroom that actually locks. If you have a home large enough for a guest bedroom, enjoy it!
As I’ve mentioned before, it’s difficult to entertain even for meals in the Shoebox. Our eating nook is really tiny—it fits three easily, but four chairs around the 2.5′x2.5′ table is pushing it. Even if we can all fit around the table, there’s barely room for plates and glasses. I’m not complaining, I’m just sayin’ it’s a tight fit. I miss being able to have friends over for dinner and games. Larger homes with spacious kitchens and dining areas are perfect for blessing guests with a home cooked meal and fabulous fellowship.
Also, living in a small space can be a short-term thing, like our little adventure. Caveman and I have talked about what would happen if Number Three was to come along while we’re still living in the Shoebox. We could figure out a way to physically squeeze five of us in this tiny apartment, but it would be difficult. We are pretty sure that three kids will be the cutoff; we’ll have to move if another one comes along. I can guess that we won’t move to a monster mansion, but we truly might need a little more elbow room.
If we do move to a larger home, we will continue to strive to live small in the areas we have marked out for our own convictions—with moderation in our budget, in how we treat the earth, and with the new space in which we choose to live. Regardless of your home’s square footage, you can still cultivate small living habits (if that floats your boat) such as staying out of debt, such as cooking your own food to reduce costs and environmental impact.
An article like this seems out of place on Smallish, I know. So here’s the point. Our “tiny living” is working for us, for now. We love living in the Shoebox; it’s a great season. But we might not always live here. In fact, we hope we won’t always live here. It’s our journey; it’s our lesson; it’s our thing. It might not be yours, and that’s the beauty of diversity. If you live in a spacious home, if you have the room to bless guests with a meal or your children with a playroom, enjoy it, embrace it. You won’t find us judging you for not living like us. After all, our differences are what make life interesting.
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