Living Large in a Small Space
First of all, I absolutely love living large in a small space! My house is 800 square feet. How big is that? Just about the size of a 3 car garage. My point is, I use every inch of my house. Do you use every inch of your home?
I bought my house 2 years ago. My tiny house is a 2 bedroom, 75 year old house in Prairie Village with no basement. That will raise some eyebrows for sure. And I use every ounce of space I have. I’m not a minimalist by any means. I’ve been a collector all my life and I love to shop. I’m not a hoarder either. Furthermore, everything has a place and I know where everything is. I was raised that way. It’s funny, when my grandkids come over and need a band aid or an extra toothbrush, they know exactly where to look.
My style is colorful, organized and eclectic. As a result, everything I have has a story behind it. Ask me about anything in my house and I can probably relate it to the day I bought it. For that very reason, I love vintage and love repurposing things. One thing for sure, no one will ever say…oh I have that! They’re more likely to say…I’ve never seen anything like that! I bought an old galvanized country mailbox that’s about 3 feet tall. I use it for my recycling can.
Because I’ve downsized twice, I’m now where I will remain until I can’t live here anymore. I have gotten rid of some fabulous pieces. Likewise, I have also rid myself of things that were filling up too big of a house that I was no longer using.
Living large in a small space – the basics
Living large in a small space IS about knowing how to do it and knowing what to keep and what to get rid of. I use one bedroom for my home office. My desk is an old Irish sideboard from the 1800’s. I’ve had it a long time and it’s been in a dining room, living room and now a bedroom. It’s extremely long and has large, deep drawers where I can stash stuff. I also have a tall bookcase in there with storage underneath and an old 3/4 bed (larger than a twin and smaller than a full) for guests.
Every home needs a bar for when your friends come over…unless your friends don’t drink! Although I’m not a big drinker, I love bar items and owe it to my guests when they come visit. My mom had lots of parties when I was growing up and I learned to make drinks at a very young age. I was always intrigued with the swizzle sticks that she picked up from different bars around the country. They were like match books. Every establishment gave them out. So I have an old dough table cabinet that I use in my living room as my bar that has a drop down front with storage inside. Collecting fun glassware, coasters and collectible bar items is typically what I’m looking for and I have space to keep it in the storage underneath.
It’s rare that I miss going to the West Bottoms on the 1st Friday of every month. I visit very few dealers as I’ve been going there so long, I know who has my style. Just last week, I went looking for a couple of dining chairs to add to my church pew seats I have now. Guess what? I found them and stayed within my budget of what I had to spend that day. AND…they fit in my car!
Benefits of living large in a small space?
There are so many benefits to living large in a small space but it’s mainly about getting ready for the next phase of your life…while you still can. Also, I knew I didn’t want my kids moving me. They don’t care about my stuff. But I do. As a result, I made the decision to pick and choose what I wanted to surround myself with and I wanted to be able to physically move myself. So I did. Being a homeowner keeps me very active and I love it.
Another benefit of living large in a small space is my highest electric bill was $70. I remember electric bills of $400-$500 a month in my 5 bedroom house that I wasn’t using. Above all, that was such a waste of money!
Life is easier living large in a small space. I have less to worry about and more time to spend living out the rest of my life. I have clients that will never get out of their homes and the kids will have to deal with the house and all that stuff when they are gone. Do your kids deserve that?
Living large in a small space is fun. I also have a couple of intriguing outdoor spaces (@shedchicfun) I’ll talk about next time.
So whether you want to buy a house that better suits your current lifestyle or want to move to an apartment, I can help. The biggest thing is to do it while you still can. If you think it’s too much work, it’s only going to be harder next year.
How can I help?
If you want help getting started on your 5 year plan (or 60 day plan) to get out of your too big house so you can start living large in a small space, call or text me at (913) 515-3250 or contact me here. I look forward to helping you!