My name is Nate. I currently live in West Michigan and work as a Computer Programmer.
As I was growing up I was like most Americans and always wanted more. I collected furniture, computers, clothes… and as I was moving around I moved everything with me.
About 3 years ago my wife (fiancé at the time) and I started looking for houses to buy that we could move into after we got married. What we were looking for usually ended up being 2000+ square feet and were either out of our price range or had a huge honey do list aka were fixer-up-ers. One night as I was going through my starred items in Google Reader, I started noticing a pattern:
- 123 ways to live smaller
- How to do more with less
Those same themes kept coming up over and over again. I decided to take it as a sign that my sub-concious didn’t want to have the biggest place. My wife and I started looking at smaller houses and ended up finding one that was perfect for us. It is small, has no honey do list (my personal favorite), stylish and comfortable. Our home is about 950 sq ft when my last apartment was 900 sq ft. If you look at it as a sq ft / person we went from 906 sq ft / person to 475 sq ft / person. A 425 sq ft / person drop.
The funny thing is that we ended up buying all of the furniture from the previous owner. So you know all of that furniture that I had been carefully moving from place to place (8 times since starting college)? It never moved and instead got given away or trashed. We ended up only moving 1 piece into the house and that was only because it had sentimental value to me. I really wish I would have learned to live smaller earlier on as it would have saved me a lot of lugging.
At first it did seem a little bit crowded fitting both of our stuff in 1 place and she didn’t even move in until we were married, about 6 months later. But since moving into the house we continue to purge on a regular basis and now the house almost seems big.
I hope you have a good idea now for who I am and why I live smaller.
Have a nice day,
Originally posted on my old blog SimpleLike.me (Note:old domain may now be offline)