Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Part 1 of Why I love my small house...

After ragging on myself and my feelings about my small (672 sq ft) house yesterday, I want to expand on some of the reasons why I really do love this house. This is the first post in a series discussing the elements that I love about my house. Today's post focuses things unique to this house. The next few posts will be more encompassing and contain more specifics.

For starters, it's small. Yes, yes. I know I was complaining about this yesterday but sometimes it's such a blessing. I can clean the whole house, the whole house, in about two hours top to bottom. Every single inch of it. That, my friends, is amazing!

Secondly. Because our house is so small there are only four rooms. Living, kitchen, and two bedrooms. And because there are only four rooms each of them is on a corner. And that means each room has at least two windows! The living room has three if you count the windows in the door. And I most definitely do!

Thirdly. Despite is being so small it has a laundry/utility room! Those of you who have lived without a washer and dryer know how miserable that is. And this house holds a washer, dryer, and mini upright freezer all within this little room.

Fourthly. This house has a baseboard, crown molding, and corner molding. That molding makes a world of difference in making my house appear more finished. P.S. I love the little triangle piece at the very top.

Fifthly. I love that our land lady let me paint when I moved it. I wouldn't necessarily use most of these colors again (I picked them out five years ago at the ripe age of 19). But I don't hate any of them and that's more than can be said for how the house was painted before (think lilac with plum trim).

Alright, folks! There you have my top five! Tomorrow I'll look at the bathroom in more detail!

Monday, January 30, 2012

30 January 2012 or My house is SMALL

This house of ours. It's a good house. Warm, cozy. A little drafty at times but what old house isn't? This house is perfect size for the two of us. This house, which I thought was 800 square feet, isn't. In fact, it's actually 672 square feet and, well, that's not bad of course. But it did come as a bit of a surprise. You see, when I rented this house I measured every square inch of it. I had to see how my furniture would fit, didn't I? But then somehow I messed up my math and I ended up with 128 square feet more than I should have had. 800 sq ft instead of 672 sq ft.

Instead of being embarrassed about my mistake I find myself feeling relieved. Because as much as this house might be perfect for us (and it is!) there are times where I find myself wishing for just a little more space. Just one more set of cabinets in the kitchen. Room for just one more piece of art on the wall. Knowing that the house is only 672 sq ft makes me feel less greedy. Because really, by anyone else's standards we're living in a closet. 

And that? 

That makes me feel proud and self-satisfied. Your house is 1500 sq ft? Well, our's is only 672 and that is plenty of room for two people. Nevermind the times I'm gotten frustrated at the things piled in the office for want of a better home. Or the pots and mixing bowls living on top of the cabinets instead of in, the shoes living under the living room chair, the things living under the bed, and the bikes hanging from the living room wall. Nevermind that we have no garage and have to scrape frost and snow every. single. morning. during the winter. When it comes to who has the better house, I clearly win hands down. Why? 

Because I have the smallest house. And everyone knows that smaller equals better.

Right? Right? 


Okay, maybe not.