Let’s talk, however briefly, about the economy of space. N. and I live in a comfortably small apartment, and we’ve learned to live with less space while learning to use that space to accommodate the things we’ve learned we can’t live without.
A Fairly inexpensive Baker’s rack can be a great use of vertical space in an area that might otherwise go unused. For N. and I, it is basically an extension of our very well-used, and horizontally-exhausted counter space in our kitchen, where a traditional dining-room table might go to seat 4-6 adults.
We don’t really formally entertain a lot of people, and the few whom we do have over for dinner are content with chatting on the sofa with us while we munch (An action which Emily (our Jack Russell) advocates completely, as she continually surfs the anterior seating area for Scooby Snacks).
We own a 2,700 sq. FT. home in Fayetteville, NC. We don’t live there, but we did live there for a while. The “House” (as we’ll call it) was completely new, as in, we were the first owners. It had a formal dining area, as well as an eat in kitchen. N. and I have actually entertained more people in our 750 sq. FT apartment than we did at that house, and (accordingly) we’ve adjusted our lifestyle. We never did use the formal dining area in the house. Not once.
The House was really nice. We lived there together for about three months, and about 5 months total before we rented the house to an wonderful family that can really make good use of the space. The House could really store every item (and then some) that we owned; especially in the kitchen. Living in an incredibly (by comparison) small apartment has been a challenge; however, challenges are meant to be risen to, and I believe we’ve done quite well with the space we’ve decided upon.
If you currently occupy a small abode, N. and I challenge you to make the most of it. Do you really, really, in your heart of hearts need a “cooks triangle” in your kitchen? Do you really need a cabinet that store your tupperware… and nothing else? What else do you keep in your eat-in kitchen? Martha Stewart curtains and seat cushions to match? I’d challenge you to find something else to store in that space. When you’ve found that you don’t need all of the space that good fortune and fate have bestowed upon you, I would challenge you to move to somewhere that is on the threshold of your “convenient” square footage, and do without for a period of time. Let’s call that period of time the rental contract of a typical apartment in the United States, or about one year.
Lets all try this: let’s only use the space that we need, not that which society dictates we should have per our income. N. and I do well, but we’re trying not to live too far outside out means, and when we do, again, live in the domicile which we own, it is our goal to have that home be as NECESSARY as it need be. This includes our domicile and cooking area. Can you do the same? Let’s all try, and one year from today, we’ll all blog about how we’ve managed. Come on: give it a shot!