I happened upon a copy of Little House on a Small Planet at the library Monday. I’m not too far in to it yet, but I realized that I knew what I wanted subconsciously in a new home, before I even found it. I’ve lived here a year and a half and never realized this was buried in my subconscious waiting to be found.
Early on in the book it was mentioned that those that embrace the small home do so because of an experience they previously had. I stopped and thought about this for a few minutes. I grew up in a small home, I never liked large spaces and lived in smaller homes while raising my children.
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Whenever I saw a larger home my first thoughts were always something about security. I would have thoughts about how long it would take when returning home to go through each room to make sure no one had broken in. Or how lonely it must feel in that huge house, how families must not spend much time together, or how many rooms were hardly ever used.
So what experience did I have that made me want to live in a small studio apartment. A place where I no longer had a dedicated bedroom?
My purging began one day when I was tired of cleaning, as I was dusting I got angry and began to pack up the things I didn’t love to get rid of, the result I found was to be living in a home that was practically empty when I was through. It was logical that I would move into something smaller. Right?
I kept trying to think what might have made me want a studio, then I realized right in the middle of my purge I took a mini vacation. My son was getting married, since his soon-to-be wife was from Arizona and they lived in Pennsylvania they decided to get married in Arizona for her. A friend who was going out for the wedding suggested we stay on for a short vacation. Sounded good to me.
The cost of a hotel room for two weeks is something I didn’t want to think about, but my son, gotta love him, wanted to help those out who traveled and made a special deal with a Value Place to get a discount for his guests. We paid $146 per week for our stay. Rather than try to detail the room here’s a link that will show you the room we rented. Yes, this was a negotiated price based on having a certain number of rooms rented for the occasion, and it was off-season.
Our room differed slightly from the image you see there. Our table was round, yet small, we didn’t have burners to cook on, just the microwave. But those are small differences. The beds were very simple, a plywood frame with a piece of plywood topped with a mattress, there were cubbies under the bed for storing laundry baskets to hold your clothes.
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The building was very secure, with a key card needed to enter the hallways leading to the rooms, people were living there for all kinds of reasons. Security was key for some single women who relocated to Arizona for work and the price was cheaper than renting an apartment in the area.
While there I had plenty of time to let my mind wander, which will often end up redecorating a space I’m visiting. This was no different. We had company in our room frequently and I kept thinking other than I didn’t like the open shelf for hanging clothes, and the plastic mini blinds, and wanting to paint the space, I could easily live here. My friend thought I was crazy. She asked me where I would go if I wanted to escape the one room. I told her I’d go outside, which I did often any way.
Returning home I continued to get rid of things that no longer fit me, and began my search for a new home. I had totally forgotten the feeling I had on vacation and was still looking to find a smaller one bedroom apartment when I stumbled on the place I now live. I had made a list of all the things I didn’t have in my current apartment. The things I was missing were due to location, I was too far out. The other was a disconnect from nature.
When I first called about seeing this apartment and was told there were no stoves or ability to hook them up and that this was a one room studio, I first didn’t view it. After some thought I realized this had every thing else I was looking for and decided to look any way.
If I was willing to live without a stove or a separate bedroom I could have the location of my dreams with all the nature I craved. I rented it on the spot. My home doesn’t have the clean uncluttered feel of that vacation room and that’s okay too as I have more living to do here than I did there.
It’s funny, the layout is different, the kitchen is part of the main room where in the Value Place room the kitchen was part of the entry. I think I would have liked that better, but this works.
Maybe it’s true, we need to experience small living for a short time to appreciate what it can be like. My subconscious new and told me this was home.