Could you live like this?

Lady Heather - posted on 06/02/2011 ( 60 moms have responded )

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http://realestate.aol.com/blog/2011/06/0...

Probably not so much with kids and all my animals, but when it's just the two of us one day? HELL YES. Imagine how fast you could clean that place. And you couldn't have crap because there's literally nowhere to put it. It's like a dream come true.

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√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/02/2011

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Yes, we actuallly all used to live in teepees and mugwamps or whatever you call the half buried underground structures LOL

I've actually lived in an 18ft camper trailer for a few months with 3 other full grown adults, 2 cats and a dog. You just end up spending a lot more time outside. I love my hammock anyway :)

Problem is, in California they don't allow you to do such things. Your living structure has to be bigger than like 400-500 square feet? It's literally illegal to live in a camper or a structure like this. Which I think is BS and totally retarded.......

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Nikki - posted on 06/16/2011

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Okay, I say this from experience. My mother, my brother and I lived in a 400 sq ft house until I was 15, we had enough room, we could go outside nytime we wanted if we got sick of looking ateach other. Once my mom had some money saved up, we added onand doubled the size of the home. So yes, I could live like this again, if I had outdoor space. Even with my two bulldogs, two toddlers, and my husband

Vicki - posted on 06/16/2011

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I think it's awesome, I own too much stuff though. Way too many hobbies and things take up our space. I like the size of our house. Three bedrooms but not huge, plenty of outdoor space. I wouldn't want any bigger as I'm not a fan of cleaning!

I love the idea of living minimalist. I knew a couple in Wales who were living in a yurt. Their closest was a chest that doubled as a coffee table, their bed was a sofabed. They used a wood stove which doubled as their heating. It was a beautiful space but I'm not as organised as them so couldn't do it. They also had no running water and had bucket baths outside (in Wales!).

Danielle - posted on 06/16/2011

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At one point we were restoring a home that was built in the 1800's and actually went and looked at shotgun homes, that we would have stayed in until the house was finished. Turned out the home was too far gone so we just decided to go another way.

Happy - posted on 06/16/2011

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@ Sherri, I have 3 children and I despise indoor animals so no issue there tho. And yes you are right, most people in metro areas do not have large families. To each their own.

Happy - posted on 06/15/2011

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I think it's awesome! Besides don't people who live in large metro areas live in apartments the same size, if not much bigger, then this house!

Happy - posted on 06/15/2011

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I think it's awesome! Besides don't people who live in large metro areas live in apartments the same size, if not much bigger, then this house!

Sherri - posted on 06/06/2011

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With a husband 3 kids, a dog, 2 cats and doing home daycare. HECK NO!!!!

Teresa - posted on 06/06/2011

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I don't think so. Not real practical in Illinois in the winter I don't think.

Bernie - posted on 06/05/2011

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The first thing I thought of when I saw her open up her cupboard to show her China, I thought "that would fall nicely in a Earthquake"
I live in Christchurch/New Zealand where the Feb 22nd Earthquake happened. We had a 5.5 magnitude aftershock this morning.

Carmina - posted on 06/05/2011

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haha helllllll noooooo i could not do it i need my space id rather live in a mansion and have to clean up the whole place then live in a shoe box. its cute though, and im glad they like it, it is smart in the end! just def not for me!

Ez - posted on 06/04/2011

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Ummm NO!!! Seeing the kid's 'bedroom' (ha! hardly!) made me feel dizzy with claustrophobia.

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Well, I'm living in a mobile home of 432 sq ft with man and toddler for the past 2 years and it's just about as small as you can be comfy in I think. That said, the grounds we live on are large and my partners business is the very big building next door, so I guess it's not quite the same. I lived in a little house similar to that on my own for a few years and it was great. Think of the cleaning you DON'T have to do!!!

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I could live in a house like this easily.

We (husband, baby, and I) live in a 600 sq ft flat without much room for clutter of any type, but I still feel "burdened" with a lot of stuff that we don't need.

My baby is only 8mo and he has so many toys and clothes! -- and this is after consciously trying to not to buy him anything. (It's mostly hand-me-downs.)

I dream of living in a tiny cabin like Thoreau with very few possessions, like just a notebook, a pot, a bowl, and a broom, and with only ants as my friends.

LadyJane - posted on 06/03/2011

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I definitely could do it. Especially when we used to go to my Grandpa's farm before he built the house, there would be 7 of us all in the one car garage and it was actually only about 200 sq feet and he had an outhouse we used. It was awesome. I would rather it be more of an exact square then a rectangle house. I'd make sure there was a fan for the toilet area though, but I definitely can live in a house like that.

Rosie - posted on 06/03/2011

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i have a hard time understnading why anybody would live that way when they can buy a mobile home for the same amount and have room to fart without someone in the same house smelling it.

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My first reaction was "heck yes... AFTER the kids are grown and out of the house" but then I thought about my parent's house. They have lots of room in their house for all of us kids, our spouses and the grandkids to stay comfortably with them (which means we can, and do, visit more since we don't have to get a hotel room). I want that for my kids when we get older. I want them to always feel they have space at my home (and space for my future grandchildren!).

So, while I think it's wonderful for people who CAN do it, I really don't think it would work for my hubby and me.

Jenny - posted on 06/03/2011

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Yes, I could but my partner couldn't. I don't have an attachment to stuff like he does. I have been trying to convince him to sell our place and buy a shack in the Kooteneys and live the simple life. Not that our place is huge now at only 960 sq. ft but I could do without the $315K mortgage.

When i was younger I lived in a camper for a year with my mom and dad. We parked it behind the gas station they both worked at and sometimes move dit to my uncle's in the country or parks on weekends. It was actually pretty fun. One time we found a Great Horned Owl with a broken wing. We kept it in the camper for a few days while we nursed it and figured out what to do with it. Great times for a 6 year old.

Sarah - posted on 06/03/2011

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My house isn't much bigger than that!
Well, I guess it is, but our house is literally a "2 up, 2 down" and pretty tiny for the three of us. Thegirls share a room.

I could live there I guess, although there's no way I could condense all our crap to fit! I'm a bit of a hoarder! lol

Lesa - posted on 06/03/2011

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In the summer we practically live in our 15 ft travel trailer. But I could not give up my big glorious house in the country. My house is over 5000 sq feet. You would think I would never see my kids but they are always where I am which is just fine by me. lol

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My neighbors across the street just settled down after spending 6 years living in their RV touring the US and Canada. They now have a small house, and still live in the RV 4 days a week in the summer at a local campground where they are managers, but they are too old to travel full time anymore and wanted a "forever home".

Lady Heather - posted on 06/03/2011

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Oh, I suppose I did live in a tent for two months, and I would have stayed longer. I sometimes get all weepy for my tent. It was really small. I could stand up in the middle of it. There was space for my twin-sized foam mattress, a rubbermaid container of clothes and another of stuff (digging supplies - it was an archaeological camp, books, a couple board games). I had a flashlight on one for a lamp and kept a picture of my husband and I there. Very home-y. The camp had a shared kitchen space that was open air with just a tarp over top. There was space for stove, fridge, small cupboard, small prep area and some picnic tables. We constructed everything ourselves. Our bathrooms were outdoor. We built our own showers into the side of this hill. Put a big container on top to hold the water, the sun warmed it during the day and then by the end of the work day it was perfect. We collected river rocks for the floor. omg best shower ever.

That kind of living was blissful. Right now I get to the weekend and I have this big stupid house to clean. There are always repairs to be done. There's always crap to be purchased to replace the crap that broke that we need to keep the house going. At camp, once the dishes were done on the weekend, you were totally free. All we did was read (could drive to town for the library), play board games, chat, hike, swim in one of the many nearby lakes and booze it up with some guitars and drums around a campfire at night. Makes it pretty easy to put in your weekday work hours when that's what you have to look forward to on the weekend.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/03/2011

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Oi, Tara! Did you pass through Qualicum in your travels? I was there. :)

Jodi - posted on 06/03/2011

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@ Jane, I realised that, but I was referring to the actual living space :D I prefer to keep my business space spearate too....

Tara - posted on 06/03/2011

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I could, and I have (sort of). I lived in a 1972 VW Westafalia pop top camper van for 3 months in 98.
It was me, my ex and two boys ages 5 and 2 and a mid sized dog. It was smaller than that house by a long shot. (if anyone knows how big a VW pop top is you will understand how small it is.)
There was a place for everything and everything had a place and I loved it.
Cleaning meant sending everybody out of the van, took all of 15 minutes to put all the beds away, sweep out the van, wipe and fold up the table and put away clothes and toys etc.
We toured around Vancouver Island for 3 months in that van. It was "home" and I loved it, we slept in a different place every night and saw something new everyday.
Steve and I joke about selling the house and buying a big RV and just leaving it all behind and touring around Canada with the kids... but alas my ex would never go for it, and it would be hard to fit 3 dogs, 3 cats, and 4kids and 1 teen into an RV comfortably and still have our sanity after 8 hours on the road. lolol
If it were just me and Steve we could do it, but not with all the pets and/or kids.
We'll probably stay here forever. I have dreams of the house being full of all the kids and their kids at Christmas time, I like the idea of my kids showing their kids their old rooms and where they used to play in the neighbourhood etc. so we're here for the long haul, but in another life I would LOVE to live like that!

ME - posted on 06/03/2011

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My books would take up most of that space...and I get claustrophobic...I could go for smaller than what we are currently living in, but not 320 sq ft.

Amanda - posted on 06/03/2011

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I love it, I could totally do it, if I could convince my husband to throw out all his crap, hes a mini wanna be hoarder.

Nikki - posted on 06/03/2011

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That was really interesting, but no I don't think I could like like that, unless I was single.

Krista - posted on 06/02/2011

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Eeek...I was feeling claustrophobic just watching it! The part about always brushing past someone in the "hallway"...I can't handle being in a space so tight that I'm always touching someone. It kind of reminds me of camping. I can handle being in a camper trailer that size for a weekend, and then I'm ready for my nice, big house!

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/02/2011

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My parents owned a house that was about 700 sq feet. We planned on building 2 structures just under the code limits for needing a permit and all of that. Where we were at, they would only allow 2 structures under 200sq feet total. I was going to make 1 my bedroom, and it only cost us 500$ to build. Then later I was going to make the other my living area, and space them about 20 feet apart in order to chicken wire off the middle and put up sun shades on the top and curtains on the sides for sun block. It would have been enclosed and safe for our 2 cats to roam around sometimes and be outside. Total, it would have been a cute set up, double doors and all. We just didn't want to keep the house in the end

Jane - posted on 06/02/2011

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Again, for anyone who watched the whole video, they do have craft space. It is next door. They run a business from home making stuff for babies, like floppy bunny rabbits. They have another 350 square feet next door dedicated to designing, cutting, sewing and shipping.

Jaime - posted on 06/02/2011

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I live in a very tiny space right now, so I could definitely manage a small house like that. I would, however, prefer much more space than 320 sq. ft.

Jodi - posted on 06/02/2011

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Nope. No space for a craft room or area. You haven't seen my craft stuff, and I couldn't give that up or I'd go insane.

Lady Heather - posted on 06/02/2011

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Yeah, I guess it wouldn't make sense to have a small place where it's cold. The cabin fever is bad enough in the space we have. But I plan on leaving this frozen wasteland after the kids are gone.

Bonnie - posted on 06/02/2011

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I was thinking the same thing as soon as I saw it Teresa...claustrophobic. Sure it is better than not having anything at all, but fitting a family in there and having guests, it just seems too tiny. Most apartments are bigger than that.

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If it was JUST me.... maybe. Not sure I could handle being in QUITE that small of space though. I'd probably get claustrophobic.....



We did live in a one bedroom apartment when the girls were born. We upgraded to a 2 bedroom that was 500 something square feet and it was TOO small. Not sure of the square footage in this 2 bedroom place, but it's too small as well. We do have too much crap, but we don't actually have THAT much either... Way less than anyone else I know. ;)

Jane - posted on 06/02/2011

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"I'm guessing those homeowners wouldn't be throwing a lot of dinner parties"

On the contrary, if you watch the whole video clip you'll find they not only have dinner parties, they have overnight guests, and their son has sleepovers..

Krista - posted on 06/02/2011

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If it was just me, I could totally do it. But with my husband, or my son? No. I'd go insane.

We spend a fair bit of time indoors in winter, due to our climate. I like being outdoors, but not when it's pitch-black and minus 25 Celsius outside. So if we're going to be stuck in the house, I can't feel like I'm living on top of everybody else. Our house is on the big side -- it's 1750 square feet, not including our basement. And yeah, we're mortgaged to the eyeballs. But we use all our space wisely and well, and we entertain quite often. I'm guessing those homeowners wouldn't be throwing a lot of dinner parties. :)

√v^√v^√♥ - posted on 06/02/2011

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Sara....... it's illegal to live in a camper on your own property. Maybe that's the catch - on your own land type of deal... it's illegal. I know because I dated an inspector.

Shannintipton - posted on 06/02/2011

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I have a five bedroom home with 3 full baths. There would be nooooooooo way.

Merry - posted on 06/02/2011

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I always say I want a small house, but not THAT small! But hey I want like 4-5 kids and plan on homeschooling so I couldn't be in that small of a house.
But when I'm an empty nester I could do it! Except that my dream is to get a bigger house eventually so all my kids and their families can visit and stay over etc. I'd love a duplex I thunk, rent half when the kids are young, and keep the small house feel, and have extra income, and then when kids leave open it all up and put the space to good use and have foster kids, exchange students, relatives visit, missionaries stay on furlough, etc!
Idk I have alot of dreams for the future, and while I want a nice small house for keeping the kids close and stuff, the appeal of having a big house to use it well for others is strong too.
Duplex it is!
But I think for a family like that this house seems perfect! One teenaged sone, two parents, homeschooling, work from home, sounds great!
Even a cat :)
But for me here and now, no I couldn't do it.

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It's better than what I had growing up! So, yes, I could live like that.



Our house is not that small, but it is VERY small for a family. Honestly, we are not inside much--We chill outside, or not at home at all. Our yard is lovely, and it looks like theirs is too.



Secondly, I'm not into buying a big house that takes 15 years to pay for. Just seems like a big waste of $$ to me, I'd rather spend it traveling, eating at good restaurants, seeing concerts, movies, and plays, etc. Of course, if you spend a lot of time at home...I guess it would be good to have a big house, but I get bored at home, I think I would even in a big house. Plus the cleaning bill would be a killer, unless you cleaned it yourself, then, I guess you wouldn't get bored because you'd be cleaning all the time! I guess it's just something I'll never understand.

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