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.
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