Could you live in 100 square feet? I'm not talking about sleeping in a bedroom that is 100 square feet, or cooking your family dinners in kitchen of 100 square feet. I'm talking about squeezing your family and all your precious belonging into a shack that you call Home Sweet Home..... could you do it?
I've been coming across more stories where newlyweds, retirees, even large families are trading in their modern culture lifestyles of "bigger is better" for something more simple. Way more simple. With the economy crashing, people are saying goodbye to their spacious kitchen and saying hello to one that stretches barely an arm's length. Even though it comes with challenges and adjustments, most say it's exhilarating and blissful to no longer feel compelled to keep up with the Joneses.
I read about a couple in California that was forced to downsize after the economy hit them pretty hard. Now, they live in a place so small, he and his wife use a ladder to climb into their bed every night. The house cost them $15,000, and the utilities are a mere $15 a month. If they want to leave, the home has wheels and can be pulled behind their vehicle and plugged into any RV park in the nation. You might say they are too extreme in their shedding of the traditional American dream, but others are trying it too.
So, could you do it?
While I'm not sure my husband and I would want to go as extreme as 100 square feet, we love to dream about the day when we'll have a small cozy home on a few acres. We currently live in a duplex that is less than 1,000 square feet in downtown Boise, and boy do we LOVE IT. Why?
Because it is so SIMPLE.
I love the fact that I can clean my entire home in less than hour. Dusting, vacuuming, dishes, clean the toilet, get the dog hair off the couch, etc....all of it done in 60 minutes. I also appreciate the coziness of being in such small quarters. I can yell a quick "I love you!" to my husband from anywhere in my house and get it right back every time. As much as I feel for all the people who have been affected by the down economy, I'm glad to see people are becoming more focused on creating a home where a family actually LIVES together as opposed to which house has the bigger master closet. Simple and functional is what I strive for not only in our home but with my furniture as well. There's nothing fancy about it, just sweet and simple.
Here is a look at some more small homes that just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. These are all less than 1,300 square feet:
I love the idea of small homes!