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Modern country farmhouse with grey shingles and board and batten, black door and porch swing

12 Reasons to Embrace Small Space Living


December 31, 2019


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  1. Emily says:

    I absolutely love your house! You have made such an amazing home for your sweet family!! I LOVE small spaces. My husband and I bought our first house, a two bedroom townhouse, right after we were married. We lived there when we welcomed our first little boy. Then a couple years later, our second son came, we still lived in my beloved townhome. I never wanted to move! My boys loved sharing a room, and I loved being is a space that we were all together, all the time. Finally, after welcoming our fourth son, my husband convinced me that we needed more space. We moved a couple years ago, but I still miss my little townhouse!
    Your house seems just so perfect, and is so pretty!!!

  2. Jhon Albart says:

    First of all, I would like to say thanks to you for such a nice and informative article about small space living organizing. I’ve read many articles on this topic. But this the best one I’ve ever read. Your writing style makes this article more enjoyable. I will apply your suggestion in my home. Some of my friends also interested in this topic. I would like to share your idea with my friends. Thanks again for your effort to write such a nice post.

  3. leslie says:

    Your house is lovely Amanda. You did a beautiful job of styling it and making it functional for your family. I like your philosophy on small space living and look forward to living in a small space myself one day. Oh and my husband and dog can come too. lol

  4. Michelle G says:

    We have downsized twice. We are currently in a small 110 year old home. I love your message of contentment. This is the most difficult piece for me. I’m trying to work toward more minimalism. That is so hard! I have 54 years of treasures and hate them being stowed away. How to display without overwhelming is a challenge.

    • Amanda says:

      Yes! That’s definitely a challenge! What I like to do is switch out a few things each season, just like I do with my seasonal decor. So I’ll keep some things in storage, but every once in awhile I’ll go through and switch them out! It’s like finding treasures every time!

  5. Ethan Hansen says:

    Thanks for pointing out that because small homes take up less space, there is a wider variety of locations that it can be built. My wife and I want to move closer to our grandchildren, and we think that it’s more important to have a large yard they can play on than a complex home, so they’re not stuck inside. We’ll be sure to find a small home near us with lots of land!

  6. Deanna Worm says:

    Hi Amanda. I just discovered your blog and am loving it! I found you over at Pine and Prospect. I live with my husband, dog and cat in a 1200 square foot home and I think I am going to learn a lot from you. Thank you for sharing your home with us.

  7. Ann G says:

    Recently downsized to an almost tiny 600 sq/ft one bedroom house and I’m so content. Don’t miss one item I donated and all the reasons for living small are so true. Now I have so much more time for golf!

  8. jan broughton says:

    We are taking a deep breath and downsizing this year! It is exciting but a bit scary as well! We own a small 3 bedroom home that we will renovate, and sell our large house where we raised our family. You have made it look much more do-able! thank you!

  9. NATALIE K says:

    My husband and I raised our son in a little 988 sq. foot cottage until he was in High School. Then we inclosed our carport and laundry room to make it 1200 sq. ft. It is the perfect size now!! It seems even larger now that our son is grown. Everything you said about small living is true!!

  10. Mary Berryman says:

    Hi Amanda, my husband died 14 years ago, so nine years ago I moved from a really larger house with all five bedrooms and three full bathrooms upstairs to a 1960’s rancher that is all one level and about 2100 square feet. I could not be happier. It is so much easier as I am aging to live with no steps – just walk in from the carport with the groceries. I pulled out the tub and added a step in shower in the master. I had to give up my garage and my central vacuum, but as you pointed out so much easier to clean! It feels like a little dollhouse to me! And amazingly, when my friends come over they tell me they like this house so much better than my former house because its so cozy and welcoming.

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