I was surprised last night to pace out my new house and find it might be smaller than I thought. It seems pretty big (too big in some rooms). If I did the math right last night, the house is about 400 sq ft. If I were to build a house that size I’d want more closet space, room for a full sized fridge (I think) and a stove top, and a garage for tools. I’d want a bathtub and no weird three foot deep and nine inch wide shelves behind the toilet. And I’d want a smaller living room. But I’ll experiment with the living room, and hopefully when I move again I’ll know just what size the kitchen/living room should be to be comfortable and useful.
I think I’ll be quite comfortable there. Most of what I have left-except my tools-will fit in the space just fine. Even the furniture. But in getting rid of things, I’ve changed my thinking-I’m not as interested in accumulating anymore. Sales and deals don’t hold my interest like they used to, and even my addiction to “found objects” seems to have diminished a lot. And I’ve found myself putting things away rather than leaving them where I had them last.
The way the interior walls are placed has much more to do with the feeling of space in a house than the actual square footage. I’ve known that. But interestingly there seems to be something else that gives a feeling of space: the lack of desire for more.