We have lived in houses that are 1000sqft since May 2011 (previous houses in our marriage were 400-1700sqft of finished living space). We are now a family of 9.
We live in small homes very comfortably. I am sharing a few tidbits about how we make our small home work for our large family because I know some of you are curious!
First of all, it is important to keep stuff to a minimum when living in a small home with a large family. As long as I can stay on top of the clutter and continuously work on organizing every square inch (or so ot seems), our house feels very comfortable. It is almost a never ending job, though.
This house tour is from when we lived in our city rental house from 2011-2019. We are now living in a 1000sqft house on 1 acre in the country with a different layout and actually feels smaller since it has just 1 bathroom and no garage.
How A Large Family Lives In A Small House
Our living area is quite large. We spend most of our time in the living room, which has my desk for paying bills, our piano, our furniture set, our computer armoire, a bookshelf, and a storage chest used as an end table. Most of our homeschool stuff is kept in our master bedroom, which is the next largest room in the house.
The rest of the house is quite small. We jokingly call our kitchen a “two-butt” kitchen, because it is difficult to fit more than two people in it at a time.
Our kitchen and dining are connected as one. They are both long and narrow. Combined, they are about 160sqft (8 x 20).
Our kitchen table is meant to comfortably seat 4, but we have 7 gathered around it for meals. A cheap bench from Amazon placed between the table and wall can fit 2-3 kids, leaving 4 chairs plus a highchair. We make it work.
We have young children; 4 boys and 3 girls. We have bunk beds in each of the kids’ rooms: a boy bedroom and a girl bedroom.
In addition to the closets in each bedroom, there is a nice-sized linen closet in the main bathroom that is used to store extra toiletries, board games, and light bulbs/batteries; a coat closet near the front door stores our vacuum; and an attached 2-car garage has our storage bins for clothing not currently in use, my husband’s tools, and also acts as our laundry room and storage room.
We also own several cabinets which we use for a pantry in the kitchen/dining, school supplies in the master bedroom, Abigail’s medical supplies in the garage, and extra blankets in the girls’ room.
We desire a simplified life without a lot of “stuff”. Living in this small house has helped us stay grounded and remember what is important: the people who live here.