We went to a wedding on Friday. It was nice. Mostly because we were able to palm the boy off onto the “dizzy ducks“. Our only disappointment was that they weren’t actual ducks, or even people dressed as ducks, but just normal humans in normal human clothing. They weren’t even dizzy. Just nice non-dizzy normal humans with lots of toys and a TV. They looked … Continue reading 15 in a bed and the little one said…
Room Enough for Daisy is a children’s book by Debby Waldman and Rita Feutl. It’s based on an Eastern European Jewish folktale, which describes a man who lives in a small house that he finds too cramped and noisy. The man seeks advice from the local rabbi, who suggests to him that he gradually moves more and more of the animals from his farm into his … Continue reading Room Enough for Daisy
Down our way, in the Lovely Borough of Lewisham, plans are afoot for tiny homes. If you check out the developer’s website, you’ll see that these homes are clearly targeted at people who see themselves as ‘city makers’, ‘the young, hardworking and ambitious’ who ‘contribute’ and thus, ‘deserve a home they can call their own’. As someone who advocates living in a small home, I … Continue reading Micro machines for living
Phyllis and I found a poem on the internet here. It’s about a forester and I reckon there’s a dozen ways to read it. I feel like it conveys people’s longing for a home (be they the axemen builders or the forester) and a way of approaching it, mentally. Or it might be about gentrification, who knows. If you want to know about the author – … Continue reading The Forester
Right, I’ve had a good read about the psychological impact of living in places that are too small, and worked it all out. As said elsewhere on this blog , there is a lower limit to the size of homes we should live in. But if all homes of that size are room enough, why are so many people desperate to live somewhere larger than … Continue reading The 4 most important things that define if your home is big enough
You may have noticed that large rooms with high ceilings didn’t feature on the list of things that psychologically affect us in relation to overcrowding. That’s not to say they don’t affect us emotionally, it’s just the effect is largely unknown. No researcher has ever thought “I’ll spend thousands of pounds of my research money trying to discover if a high-ceiling improves quality of life”. … Continue reading It’s all in your head
Feeling like your living space is not cramped is important and there are different ways of achieving this. One of the main ways to make a place seem more spacious, is to let in as much light as possible. Ideally windows should be clean (!) and not obstructed. How you dress your windows will contribute to this also. Using light curtains (light in colour as well as material) … Continue reading Making a small space look bigger
There are limits to how small a place you can live in. It would be irresponsible of our blog to say – “yeah, free your mind, sell your home, move somewhere too small” (like the tiny house movement does, *ahem*). Imagine the guilt if we encouraged a family of ten to move into a converted wheelie-bin, and they caught resistant-TB and died. None of us … Continue reading What is room enough?