Joys of living in a tiny space

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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