When our house was built, in the early 1950’s, it was average-sized. In fact, in 1950, the average size house was 983 square feet. Over the next 50 years, the size of the average American house grew by 140% to over 2300 square feet.
Families got smaller. Houses got bigger. Why?
We love our 1950’s house. Sure, it’s smaller than average, but we have fantastic neighbors and a nice-sized backyard. We have an unfinished basement for storage, laundry, and the ever-important tornado shelter.
Still, the upstairs of our house is small. Three small bedrooms. We’re going to add 2 kids’ toys, bikes, stuffed animals, and blankies. We’re going to double the number of people in the same-sized house. But my biggest concern is that we have only one bathroom. And we’re about to add 2 more little people to the bathroom schedule. I know it must be possible.
After all, that’s what life was like in the 1950’s . . . I think.
So, did you ever live in a small house? What suggestions do you have for a growing family in a small house?