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Ever since we were expecting our first child in 2013, I have been on the lookout for other families like ourselves: families that happily live with less in small spaces. Surely there must be like-minded souls who don't think we're crazy for bringing our kids along on this minimalist adventure.

The world insists that you need more: more stuff, more space to store that stuff, more room to isolate yourself from the people around you. A bigger house is on so many people's wishlists. You just can't live comfortably with children in such a small home.

We beg to differ.

Sure life is crazy sometimes. (Most of the time.) Sure we all need some time apart occasionally. And yes, a blanket fort literally takes up our entire living room. But the memories we make and the time we get to spend together make it all worthwhile.

I am Diane and my husband is Chris. We live in a 400 square foot home plus a 150 square foot loft with our two daughters, Sunshine (4) and Sweetheart (1). (No those are not their real names. We're kind of crazy, but we're not that crazy.) We are the Small Home Family, and I'm sure there are others like us. My hope is that this site may foster community between folks like ourselves who have chosen to live just a little differently.



Contact us at diane@smallhomefamily.com

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