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Stuff and more stuff

April 4, 2013

After nearly two years in our house, I’ve finally finished decorating.  The last wall standing was in the basement TV/playroom.  It was fun to pick a few irreverent / quirky wall hangings. For J’s play area, I picked this adorable Muppet Alphabet from Society 6.

Muppet Alphabet by Mike Boon. Image via

And nearby, I framed one of these amazing Ork Posters maps of (sweet home) Chicago, where we lived for many years before we moved to Boston.

Image via

And, of course, as soon as I’ve finally 100% settled in our house, my husband announces that he’s ready to move.  We currently have a 3 bedroom, 2,000 square foot home — massive when compared with the 800 square foot, 2 bedroom apartment that we left in the South End neighborhood of Boston two years ago.  But we’re suffering from a classic suburban American phenomenon:  space and stuff breeds the need for more space and more stuff.  Our once palatial house is beginning to feel a little cramped.  Our transformation from city dwellers to suburbanites brought with it (lots of) extra furniture and electronics, the constant addition of baby and toddler stuff as J grows up and out of things, and all the requisite suburban items — lawnmower, snow blower, ladder, etc.  We’re starting to run out of places to put things.

Maybe we need to take a lesson from this family of four who lives in a 500 square foot apartment in San Francisco.  The way they have their lives all packed into this tiny space is truly astonishing.

Or this once consumer goods-laden entrepreneur who now keeps all his possessions in a 420 square foot studio and is much happier for it.

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