Just a link today (I’m working on a longer piece, to be published later…stay tuned for Principle 7 – Collaboration!)
Here’s the link: “How a Couple Lives in a 240-square foot Apartment.” (Note: not surprisingly, the comments at the end of the article get real stupid real fast…)
When I read this article, I couldn’t help thinking that their mini-utopia would receive a massive dose of reality with one tiny addition: a baby! How could this couple maintain their minimalist equilibrium as they raise a family? It could be done, but they’d eventually need a larger place, I think. I’m giving these figures off the top of my head, but if I remember correctly, in the 1950s or so the average family of 4 to 5 people lived a home between 900-1000 square feet. These days the average family is only 2 to 3 people, yet they live in home between 2000-3000 square feet. (I’ll try to remember where I came across those numbers and update this article.)
My mom grew up in post-WWII London in a tiny 2-bedroom, 1 bath flat with her 2 sisters and 1 brother. Her parents slept in a hide-a-bed in the sitting room. Fifty to sixty years ago it was not unusual for people to house themselves in 200-300 square feet per person.
Now it makes front page news.
The images and photos here are by the woman featured in the article – Erin Boyle. She also has a website where she chronicles life in a small space: Reading My Tea Leaves.