We have lived in this 1000sqft rental home since May 2011 and we expect to be here for a few more years. We are now a family of 9.
Our home is in nice condition for having been built in 2000 and having had multiple tenants since then. We have 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
We have a nice, fenced backyard. We feel very blessed with our housing situation and live here 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, our house feels very comfortable. It is almost a never ending job, though.
Thankfully, I really enjoy organizing and decluttering! I love reading blogs that include tips on organization for large families, simplifying (life in general, as well as the home), and decluttering.
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; single over double. The boys’ room also has the crib in it.
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 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.