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    Diane Balch
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    The irony of the big homes and cars with the recycling box… they just don’t get it. I definitely think less space equals more intimacy you can’t hide physically or emotionally in a smaller house. I know you are a reader you might like the book: Germinal by Emile Zola one of the themes of the book is intimacy and physical space. It’s the first book that got me really thinking about physical space and its effects on people.

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      Lorilee
      Monday, 23 July 2012

      thanks, I will look up that book :)

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    Raye Cage
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    I watch HGTV channel (way more than I should) one of the shows is called House Hunters – people looking for a house to buy. 90% of the time buyers on the show say they need a bigger house for their stuff and/or they have more kids & each child must have their own room. I always wonder to myself – what if they got rid of some of the stuff (not the kids!). I don’t know their circumstances but the situations on that show always challenge me to ask myself, Do I have things I can get rid of now? When I move, whether the space is bigger or smaller, what habits/mindset/routines do I need to develop now to keep my environment simple, comfortable, elegant, beautiful, & inviting?

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      Lorilee
      Monday, 23 July 2012

      Thanks for your comment. Isn’t it funny that people need a bigger house to hold all their things and when they move in they need to buy more things to fill (or properly furnish) the new house… and they cycle continues over and over? Just thinking about the amount of money I was spending to own the stuff I have now gotten rid of (in the difference between what I paid for my house monthly and now this apartment) is amazing. …my stuff wasn’t worth that amount of money a month…most of it wasn’t even that nice.

      Kids are super valuable but upgrading a house by hundreds (or thousands) a month in extra costs only to hold more stuff just doesn’t make sense to me anymore :)

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    Pascale
    Monday, 23 July 2012

    Love your blog. My husband and I have a question regarding your new space. How do you manage at bedtime since you only have one bedroom? Do you all have to go to bed at the same time not to disturb each other or do you send the children in the closed bedroom and sleep in the living area?
    Look forward to your answer.
    Thanks

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      Lorilee
      Tuesday, 24 July 2012

      Pascale, the living room converts to a bedroom for the kids around 8pm. My husband and I work on writting (me) and photography (him) after the kids go to bed and the office is in our room. Or we read etc. Hope that answers your question :)

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    Jennifer Fletcher
    Wednesday, 25 July 2012

    How long do you think sharing a room will last for your kiddos? My son and daughter will occasionally decide it would be great to share a room, but once they hit their teens it seems a bit more unlikely…do you see your plan as a “for now” situation, or a “for good” situation? (This reads like a critical comment….I don’t mean it as such; I’m truly curious.)

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      Lorilee
      Thursday, 26 July 2012

      Jennifer, I am really not sure. I think this is definitely a for now situation, but how much space we will need later is hard to know. I have wondered it myself a bunch. I think kids need their own privacy, personal space and control of ownership over their things. How much space they need for that, based on different kids personalities and age, is hard to know. Now, my kids have control over their things and have the ability to have personal space or privacy when they need or want it. The sharing a room things is really not that big of a deal when you think of how people have lived through most of time and still live in a lot of areas of the world. …it is a cultural thing that we think each kid needs their own room more than a ‘real’ need… or even a want.

      Thanks for your comment :)

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    jamie
    Sunday, 22 September 2013

    I have 3 kiddos and have said that we could easily live in a one room apartment, although we have a 3 bedroom 2 bath split level home. We spend almost all of our time in the living room together. Sure like you, we may be doing separate things but we are all together. It’s easy to tell your family to come over and look at what you are reading, etc. We didn’t intentionally do this, but it has always been intentional to do things together and have fun together…and we do! I have worked hard to get things paid for so that some day I would hopefully have more flexibility with how I live. We live in the country and I work full time during the time that my kids are at school. I am still envisioning a much simpler life, less clutter, time commitments, etc. I’m a little scared especially since I am pretty sure most people I know in my small town would not get it and will certainly talk about it!!! That’s something else I need to be rid of, the concern with what others will say. It has been really exciting to read about your life style change and don’t know many people like you so this has been great!!!

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