minimalism in america, home size


according to the national association of home builders, the average american home has more than doubled since 1950.  and once we’ve got that extra space, we need to buy things to put in it, right? 

no wonder minimalism is such a foreign concept to us americans.


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  1. agomez says

    We have two adults, one child, and two large dogs in 700 sqft. with ample room. It just takes some creativity, but it makes you think about every single purchase or piece of furniture you want to bring in.

  2. Peggy says

    I just came across you blog today and must say we are in the same process. Due to financial obligations and a move across country (Alaska to Indiana) we have downsized! 1800 square feet to between 1250 to 1400 square feet (depending on how you calculate it.) Presently our garage is filled to the rafters with boxes that need to be opened, sorted, and discarded.

    Oh, we are a family of 2 adults, 2 teenagers, 1 10 yr old, 1 LARGE dog, and a small dog in a 3 bdrm, 2 bath house.

    And on another note, I love the fact that you bring in the biblical aspect of unwise spending, etc.

  3. says

    My daughter and I live with her pets in a 720 square foot home. We love it, and at times it actually feels too big. People come to my house and marvel that we live in a small space, yet to use it does not feel small at all!

  4. Tammy says

    Our family of 3 has lived more than comfortably in our 1070 sq. ft. condo for the past 19 years. The bonus is our only debt is the mortgage and we’re paying it off early! We have no intentions of moving until we retire to Florida in 10 years.

  5. Priscilla says

    My husband and I live in a 450 sq. ft. apartment in Brooklyn, NY. Despite our limited space, we are very comfortable because we try to keep our space clutter free. The space actually feels very open and airy. Best of all, I can clean the entire apartment in less that 30 mins. :)

  6. Carina says

    The average square footage of British houses is actually shrinking as there’s so much demand in a fairly crowded, densely populated country. The average terraced house in the UK is about 1,000 sq ft. This is pretty normal and many homes are much smaller. I’ve been reading with interest about the growing demand in the US for self-storage. Though demand is growing here as well, it’s nowhere near the same scale – perhaps as many people know that it’s unlikely that they’ll ever own or rent a home with the space to fit all the extra stuff. Where I live, it’s also quite common not to own a car – which limits the amount of stuff you can own and store (and by itself takes out one large and expensive possession).

  7. says

    My two-bedroom apartment is only about 800 sq. ft., but I was just thinking the other day that my husband and I (and our dog) could live with less space. We got the second bedroom mainly for guests (most of our family is 100s of miles away) and the convenience of not having to move when we decide to grow our family. Time to downsize?

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