1000-square-feet of Community

Less space inside means more space outside.

Less space inside means more space outside.

Could you live in 1,000 square feet? I would think a lot of you would say yes, but…

According to a March 20, 2013, press release from the National Association of Home Builders: “Estimates indicate that the median size of all single-family homes started in 2012 was 2,309 square feet, and the average was 2,521 square feet.”

To view the release, click here.

2,521 square feet.

The house I grew up in is 1,713 with three bedrooms, two baths, a living room, a den, a dining room and a kitchen.

It’s too big for me. And, I only live in 2/3’s of it.

You see, my husband, daughter and I live in community with my mom. When we returned to my hometown in 2008, we hoped to build our dream home. Three bedrooms, a large kitchen, a great room for family and friends, a BBQ grill on the patio. My husband and I moved into the house my grandparents built and that I grew up in. We had two bedrooms and a two storage units filled with stuff.

But, then we looked in to building. Between building codes and adhering to all the rules, our dream of building a home on land we owned was replaced with the cheaper alternative of purchasing a house that was already built.

So, we got a realtor.

We toured, we did walk-thrus, we discussed paint colors, and neighborhoods, and mortgage payments.

Thirty days from closing, I looked at my husband and asked if — to have this house — I would have to work 40 hours a week for the rest of my life?

He said, “Yes.”

My heart sank and my blood pressure rose. After discussing our future and the life we wanted to have, we decided staying in our little space was better for our lives, our health, our well-being, and just about everything else.

Our little space. 🙂 It makes my heart sing just to say it.

Now it’s not all that little to me. In fact, I think it’s too big now. I keep accumulating stuff because I have a place to put it! I think we are at about 1,000-square-feet of space. Our space consists of:

  • A kitchen (the converted dining room – I’ll go more in to our minimalist kitchen in a later post.)
  • A living area
  • Two bedrooms
  • A dressing area
  • A bathroom

All we need. And, I’m so happy we made this decision. I will be posting more about our simple-living, tiny-home lifestyle soon. Sure,  some will think our 1,000-square-feet is HUGE, and to me it is, too! But, the traditional American dream is certainly now our own, so I felt I needed to share our journey.

Do you feel you have too much space? Or, do you need more? Click on the comment link above and tell us all about it.

Be blessed!

~Bohemian Christian Chelle

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5 responses to this post.

  1. It sounds like you made a smart choice. I wish we would have avoided that mistake with having been foreclosed on in March, 2013. We are joining that ranks of the few that have chosen to live a simple life. We will be moving into a smaller space less than 700 square feet from our 2,000 square feet home. It really feels encouraging to know that there are other’s who have chosen this path as well. I look forward to your future posts.

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  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your foreclosure. I went through a foreclosure in 2008 and know that that caused my hesitancy to trust the housing market, as well as my personal income.

    Thank you so much for your comment. Please keep me posted on how everything is going. And, I’d love to see pics of your new place!

    I’m here to encourage you!

    Livin’ simply,

    ~BC_Chelle

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  3. […] You see, my husband, daughter and I live in about 1,000 square feet. To read all about here, click here. […]

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  4. Posted by Joy Carrera on January 19, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I just came upon your blog today despite having done some significant research on minimalism in the past. I am a missionary who lived 15 years in Brazil and felt blessed to have a beautiful home and while I didn’t have the typical American amount of stuff or money to shop a lot but when God moved me to Peru within 6 months and I could only take 10 suitcases (ended up with 13) for my family of 5 it was painful and I only got through the move reading about minimalism. We are currently housed in a cute but tiny 2 bedroom house but I am concerned on how to maintain a home where we can host others (important when overseas) but still simple. How do I keep from returning to “normal” living and resist the “deals” as other missionaries leave and sell their things and where minimalism is hardly heard of because overseas living is about surviving not having American products, learning to substitute or get someone to mail you things in carepackages but rarely going without. Any tips for maintaining a minimalist house? Thanks. Joy

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    • Hey, Joy!

      God bless you for hearing His call, packing up and moving to be where our Father wants you! I’m so excited about your life in Peru and would love to read more about it. Do you have a blog?

      Maintaining a minimalist lifestyle — in my opinion and experience — is a constant battle between wants, needs, and how much space I have. When I turn back to my old ways and begin to accumulate, I begin to feel cluttered, chaotic and disturbed. TOTALLY not what God has for me. He has riches for me but they are treasures in heaven, not the super-sized-sale-of-the-week kind I settle for. We have to come to a place where He is first and our possessions are second. It sounds like you and your family are already there. And, your concern for maintaining a minimalist house has inspired me to further investigate what I can still get rid of. I want to collect people and relationships, not knick knacks and stuff. It’s hard. And, I’m in a daily battle. Society expects us to bow to its whims of commercialism. I’ve noticed so much kick back from people I know when I don’t want to buy a new this or a new that because –well– it’s new.

      I love your comment and am humbled and honor that you came to me for advice. Thank you for that.

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