Housing is one of the key categories of overhead costs-of-living that we can benefit greatly by — as my friend and fellow permaculture activist Eric Brown puts it — “crushing.”
In my talks and writings, I have often talked about how I was able to creatively turn a one-bedroom apartment into a two-bedroom, in order to be able to get a roommate to share expenses with.
The roommate would get the real actual bedroom with the door, and I carved myself a little micro room out of the living room. The “walls” of my roomette were tall bookcases etc.
It was actually quite cozy and pleasant. I enjoyed the creative aspect, and there are certainly advantages to having pretty much all of one’s possessions at one’s fingertips!!
Nowadays, I live in a house, which I was fortunate to be able to purchase in 2018.￼ But I get to continue to indulge my love of tiny spaces, while also providing a stable home for other people.￼
The photo on the right shows my current micro room, which I have in my house. It’s the tiniest room in the house at 6 1/2′ x 7 1/2′. It used to be a utility room but I don’t have a wish to have to deal with my own washer and dryer. I washed everything by hand, and the housemates use laundromats or laundry services. (I very occasionally use a laundry service as well, for large items.) ￼
My room is accessed from the kitchen. The￼ entrance sign says “Jenny’s office,” but it serves as office, studio, and bedroom!
My housemates get the two large official bedrooms, while I get to continue to indulge my love of tiny cozy spaces!
You can see photos here on my art & design page on Facebook.
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