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LIttle Houses and Other Things

 Have you ever read the "Little House on the Prairie" books? I read the whole series now and then. Families used to live in houses that were in today's standards, very, very small. The Ingalls family of five lived in one room at times, hanging sheets to separate the bedroom from the living area, which included everything else. I don't know the dimensions of these homes but there are little houses being built and marketed today that are not much bigger.The only difference is that they're built with modern conveniences in mind. That means that the kitchen sink takes up more room than a dishpan that hangs on the wall and it means that there needs to be room for an "entertainment center" of sorts, even if it's only a TV. You can't put that under the bed like you can a fiddle, or in a trunk like a book. 

All right. Here's what I'm getting at. The simplest, smallest house of today is much more complicated and takes up more space for things.. No doubt it's more comfortable and much more suited to our lifestyles. The fact is that the more convenient things are and the more technology we use, the more it costs us, in time, in space and in money. Think about that the next time you begin to crave a new... whatever.

You may not want to live in a dugout or a shanty, but living in a house that's too large or having two cars when one would do, might not be the smartest way to use your money and your space on this earth. 

Interested in smaller living? 

Nontraditional Housing
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Costly Clutter



Kassy said:

I loved the Little House books...still do! Always thought that if I had to be stranded on a desert island they are the books I'd want as they have so many helpful ideas on how to live on less!

At the time our kids were growing up, we lived about 2 blocks from their school. Therefore, they would come home for lunch. I would have lunch ready the minute they walked in the door and then read the Little House books while they ate. We also visited Laura & Almanzo's farm in Missouri and got to see Pa's fiddle, etc..If you haven't read them yet, please do so. You are never too old!

January 11, 2012 12:37 AM

tiffanyrodi said:

Our house is 2200 sqft and compared to where we live, it is small. But compared to the house our grandparents still live in, it is huge. I guess it is all about perspective. My husband and I have talked about buying a larger house but this one is affordable and if grandma can raise 3 kids in a two bedroom house, why can't we raise 2 kids in a 4 bedroom house? The answer to that question is why we stay where we are.

January 11, 2012 1:36 PM

Carmina said:

We used to live in a huge home 4400 sq feet 7 people.  Now we are 8 living in a 1700 sq ft and i love it.  We own less things, utilities are half, the yard takes less than one hour, cleaning is fast if it's not cluttered, I just love it. The kids spend lots of time outdoors and spend more time together when we are indoors.  I figure the kids use the bedroom for sleeping and homework. I find ways to declutter on a daily basis and i love it.

January 12, 2012 3:28 PM

Iris said:

When we lived in a tiny paid for house we spent about $1,300 a month.  We had two cars but just one car payment.  Both salaries came to $4,000 a month so we saved a lot of money.  We are in a bigger (1500 sf) house now and everything costs more - insurance, taxes, and maintenance.  There is a Tumbleweed house in our area and I find it fascinating.  It has three decks complete with a veggie garden in big pots and they drive a very old pickup truck.  They have been there a good while now and I think their lifestyle says tons about their desire for independence.

January 16, 2012 6:17 PM

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