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(CBS News)   Do you think you'd be able to squeeze your life into a 200-square-foot home?   (cbsnews.com) divider line 171
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2014-05-01 07:49:44 PM  
I have I lived in a <200 square foot apartment for five years with my girlfriend.    It's actually kind of liberating when you can get rid of all the extraneous crap in your life that that you don't really need but you just hang onto because you have room for it.
 
2014-05-01 07:54:51 PM  
I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place
 
2014-05-01 07:55:22 PM  

brap: I have I lived in a <200 square foot apartment for five years with my girlfriend.    It's actually kind of liberating when you can get rid of all the extraneous crap in your life that that you don't really need but you just hang onto because you have room for it.


Are you referring to the apartment or your girlfriend?
 
2014-05-01 07:56:46 PM  
I would love to have a 200' home. I'd put my brewery and another kegerator into it.
 
2014-05-01 07:57:37 PM  
Life, yes.  Lifestyle? No.
 
2014-05-01 07:58:29 PM  

brap: I have I lived in a <200 square foot apartment for five years with my girlfriend.    It's actually kind of liberating when you can get rid of all the extraneous crap in your life that that you don't really need but you just hang onto because you have room for it.


That does sound liberating, I can barely walk through my garage.

/wife is a hoarder
 
2014-05-01 08:01:03 PM  
I can barely squeeze my ass into a 200-square-foot home.
 
2014-05-01 08:01:33 PM  

cman: I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place


This. I think I have 150sq now. Maybe less.
 
2014-05-01 08:03:00 PM  
Yeah, max I have is 115 sq. Might be only 88.
 
2014-05-01 08:06:24 PM  

doglover: cman: I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place

This. I think I have 150sq now. Maybe less.


Forever alone
 
2014-05-01 08:12:59 PM  

cman: doglover: cman: I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place

This. I think I have 150sq now. Maybe less.

Forever alone


It's had two people in it before.
 
2014-05-01 08:14:11 PM  

doglover: cman: doglover: cman: I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place

This. I think I have 150sq now. Maybe less.

Forever alone

It's had two people in it before.


Sometimes your mother needs a place to live. I understand this. Its ok
 
2014-05-01 08:39:01 PM  

doglover: Yeah, max I have is 115 sq. Might be only 88.


Japan, yes? What city?
 
2014-05-01 08:47:08 PM  
Maybe, but I'd prefer not to.  Where would I put the home theater or the pool table?
 
2014-05-01 08:47:26 PM  
I have more than 200  sqft. of stuff, so no.
 
2014-05-01 08:49:38 PM  
Been there, done that.

You're allowed to go outside, you know.
 
2014-05-01 08:50:35 PM  
If it was just me, yes. With hubby and kid? No.
 
2014-05-01 08:50:48 PM  
I think I could do that, and might love it. I'd love to move every few months or so.
 
2014-05-01 08:50:50 PM  

CruJones: Maybe, but I'd prefer not to.  Where would I put the home theater or the pool table?


Drew Carey Show style. Outside.

EvilVanMan: I have more than 200  sqft. of stuff, so no.


I think that was the point? To show that most of the crap we hoard is just that. Hoarded crap.
 
2014-05-01 08:50:56 PM  
Sure. I lived in far less space than that as a ship's deckhand.
 
2014-05-01 08:51:42 PM  
What are you guys, millionaires?  My place is 4.5 square feet and that's plenty for me.
 
2014-05-01 08:52:01 PM  
This is great! Make it cool to live in a tiny house because soon that's all anyone will be able to afford as the top 1% reach deeper into our pockets. Fark. You.
 
2014-05-01 08:52:23 PM  
meh, no thanks. i like cool stuff. can't keep much cool stuff in a 200 square foot home.
 
2014-05-01 08:53:32 PM  
No problemo senor white person.

My family of 5 has lived in an 800 square foot house in the SF Bay area for years. That's much less area per person than that shiat heel Mitt Romney and his wife's San Diego abode and all their car elevators have enjoyed.
 
2014-05-01 08:55:52 PM  
No, even with lube and a shoehorn, I couldn't squeeze my wife in.

Oh, "life." Nevermind.
 
2014-05-01 08:56:44 PM  
I can barely fit all my stuff in a 2200 sq.ft. house with a 200 sq.ft. shed in the yard.
 
2014-05-01 08:57:26 PM  
Where would I keep my beer?
 
2014-05-01 08:57:28 PM  
I installed the floors in a closet today. A closet that was bigger than 200 sqft
 
2014-05-01 08:57:29 PM  
The appears that the crazy people living in cardboard boxes, under the overpass, are considered trendsetters by some people.  That's OK, enjoy your liberation from stuff.  Those of us with stuff will look on with envy or something.
 
2014-05-01 08:57:38 PM  

doglover: cman: doglover: cman: I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place

This. I think I have 150sq now. Maybe less.

Forever alone

It's had two people in it before.


I think they call that a college dorm room.
 
2014-05-01 08:57:43 PM  
I've never figured out the size of my cardboard box summer home, but the fridge that was in it was 19.9 cu/ft.
 
2014-05-01 08:57:56 PM  
"All the lights are on but nobody's home"

img.fark.net
 
2014-05-01 08:57:59 PM  
I have more than 200 square feet of hobby equipment probably so no.

Of course, Id take a tiny house in the back yard as a club house.
 
2014-05-01 08:58:06 PM  
No thanks. Could it be done? Sure. Living in that tight of a space isn't for me.
 
2014-05-01 08:58:58 PM  
Yes.

Home is where the laptop is.

Put it on a crag, bolt it down, slap on some solar cells, sight a 3G tower

and that's where you'll find me

/in my mind
 
2014-05-01 09:00:09 PM  
Figure it's gotta be easier to downsize lie that these days.

An ereader like a Nook of Kindle can hold a whole library.  A smartphone with a Bluetooth speaker can be a stereo with a full music library.  A 3DS for gaming and a tablet for streaming video services and productivity software.

All that stuff together doesn't take up much space.
 
2014-05-01 09:01:04 PM  
We're building a house right now.  Going to be about 3000 finished square feet, and another 1200 square feet finishable.   The garage is about 320 square feet, and I wish it were bigger.

So no.
 
2014-05-01 09:02:40 PM  

doglover: Yeah, max I have is 115 sq. Might be only 88.


Who's your cellmate?
 
2014-05-01 09:03:12 PM  

bdub77: brap: I have I lived in a <200 square foot apartment for five years with my girlfriend.    It's actually kind of liberating when you can get rid of all the extraneous crap in your life that that you don't really need but you just hang onto because you have room for it.

Are you referring to the apartment or your girlfriend?


Snark
 
2014-05-01 09:04:43 PM  
I've thought about it.  Like the woman in the article was, Im dropping $1,500 a month in mortgage payments....she has none.  I pay almost $200 in electric...she paid $8.

Wife thinks we should do it, and we're looking at it after the last kid leaves.  Probably a bit more then 200 sq feet though.  A small RV.

or maybe a electric powered truck in the future, with a large camper.  Self driving, making it possible to wake up 300 miles from where you went to bed, ready to start your day.

I figure about the time we are ready....all of this will be doable.  2020 or so.
 
2014-05-01 09:05:07 PM  
So the main reason she was stressed was because she wasnt making enough money to live without easily without stress. So, downsize. Instead of fighting to make more money we are happy with less because its easier to live.
 
2014-05-01 09:05:24 PM  
I lived in a 9' wide A-Frame for 5 years.
 
2014-05-01 09:07:21 PM  

Doc Daneeka: Figure it's gotta be easier to downsize lie that these days.

An ereader like a Nook of Kindle can hold a whole library.  A smartphone with a Bluetooth speaker can be a stereo with a full music library.  A 3DS for gaming and a tablet for streaming video services and productivity software.

All that stuff together doesn't take up much space.


But I like books and stuff. I've got 2,200 sqft but I have decided to go no bigger, I'm now doing stuff outside like covered patio fireplace area. Big enough for everything I need but not too big, I have no need for 4k. Then again it's really really cheap here.
 
2014-05-01 09:07:31 PM  
Tiny houses are great for urban dwellers or useless eaters, but my electronics workbench takes up more than 200 square feet. That's not even counting the welding area, woodshop, art and music studio or my massive recycling/spare parts hoard.
I could easily 'live' in 2-300 square feet- as long as it's attached to a 2,000 square foot workshop.
 
2014-05-01 09:08:42 PM  

SpookyEyes: If it was just me, yes. With hubby and kid? No.


Yup. When I live with others, even those I gave birth to, I occasionally need to go somewhere other than the only bathroom where I can close the door and be alone.

Also, I could only do it if the climate was such that outdoor life was enjoyable.
 
2014-05-01 09:10:08 PM  

brandent: doglover: cman: doglover: cman: I live in a small-ass apartment right now. 200 square feet sounds spacious against my place

This. I think I have 150sq now. Maybe less.

Forever alone

It's had two people in it before.

I think they call that a college dorm room.


Or a prison cell :(
 
2014-05-01 09:10:19 PM  
I lived for five years in a sailboat, so, yeah.  No problem.

Actually it was pretty nice.  Instead of looking at cheap-ass drywall and typical sloppy construction, it was all beautifully crafted teak and holly everywhere you looked.  Massive portholes and stainless steel and brass everywhere that would laugh at the fiercest hurricane.  I guess it helped that it was a well built boat.
 
2014-05-01 09:11:40 PM  
Not 200, but I am working on downsizing.
 
2014-05-01 09:11:46 PM  
I could live comfortably in something that's about 500sq feet. Something as tiny as 88 would be a little too cramped even for me.
 
2014-05-01 09:12:01 PM  
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