We live in an 1100sq ft town house. It is a 3 bed, I
bath. The critical factors are not
buying stuff and keeping what you do have organized. A large messy home is no
fun, but a small messy home is just unbearable.
Most of my boy’s toys when they were growing up were outdoor toys-bikes,
rollerblades, footballs. We have one shelf in the basement for puzzles, board
games , model kits plus a large container of Legos and that is it. We were very firm about pick up-twice a day
and at bed time, everything was put away.
One of the things we did years ago was pull down the
breakfast bar that divided the kitchen/dining area. These look cute when there
are just 2/3 people, but we had so much more room for the dining table and chairs
without it. It also gave us a little more wall space to put up some small
We also put floor to ceiling shelves in the basement-these
have been a lifesaver.
We keep nothing in our bathroom except soap, shampoo &
TP. Each person takes what they need in with them in a container/holdall and
stores this on the floor of their bedroom closet when not in use. This keeps
the bathroom free of clutter and easy to clean.
Bunk beds are a must with multiple kids sharing rooms, plus
organize the closets/chests to suit the needs of the user-example – I have all
boys, so they need very little, if any hanging space, so their closets are all
shelves/bins. I have a clothing rack in the basement that they can hang their
My washer is in the basement along with drying and dress
racks. I don’t own a dryer, so that space is used for shelves for
We have a small patio area out back that I have one of those
collapsible, umbrella-type clothes lines that I use when the weather is good.
Also have some containers out there that I have grown lettuce and herbs-would
like to expand this or maybe get a plot in a community garden. Also purchased a
small storage shed to put out back for additional storage.
Long ago talked the complex management into putting bike
racks in the parking lot-so we keep all our bikes there.
If you are considering buying a small home –check out the
area carefully before you buy. We have lived in ours for 20 plus years, but we
bought close to parks and trails. This way even though we don’t have a back
yard as such, we are walking distance so we could take the boys to the park or
bike riding on the trails without having to get in the car. This makes all the difference when living in
a small space with kids.