Day 248 Not so big homes

Today I want to draw your attention to a web site that I discovered thanks to Stephanie who writes a blog called Renouncement . I first met Stephanie through a comment she left on my blog back in Day 208 and I featured her blog on Day 210. As always I went over to Stephanie’s blog to check it out as I always do when someone new leaves a comment. On her About Me page she had listed among her favour books one called Not So Big House. Being the curious little munchkin I am I was intrigued and had to check it out. So I did what all computer savvy folk do and googled it and found this interesting web site…

Below is the intro from the front page of this site

The Not So Big House books by Sarah Susanka bring to light a new way of thinking about what makes a place feel like home—characteristics that many people desire of their homes and their lives, but haven’t known how to verbalize.

How big is Not So Big? Not So Big doesn’t mean small. It means not as big as you thought you needed. But as a rule of thumb, a Not So Big House is approximately a third smaller than your original goal but about the same price as your original budget. The magic is that although the house is smaller in square footage, it actually feels much bigger.

What a wonderful idea someone actually designing homes that make sense  functionally are aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly. Even though these homes as still not small they are designed to entice people into building smaller and leaving a smaller footprint on the planet. What a wonderful idea. Please go over and take a look at this website especially if you are planning to build or renovate.


Finally the last of hubby’s clothes


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About Colleen Madsen

Colleen is the founder of 365 Less Things and lives in Newcastle, Australia.


  1. If you can, check out the books that Susanka wrote. The pictures are amazing! I love that she is all about quality over quantity.

  2. Hi Colleen,
    Re the photos: just how much clothing did your family have!?(smile).
    I know I’m the clutterqueen, but my husband would be parading naked, had I got rid of as much of his clothing as you have.
    Having said that, I still have quite a bit of my own to shift!
    Best of luck,

    • Hi Ann,
      actually in the big scheme of things our wardrobes aren’t that overstocked compared to some. My husband has gained and lost weight a few time over the last six years hence the array of clothing that has come out of his closet. Also living in the United States where shopping is so much cheaper it was easy to get carried away. Now he has the bare minimum aside form work uniforms. He has lost another 20+ pounds recently which could cause a clothing issue if he keeps getting thinner but hopefully they were just very tight on him and he will be able to make do with them until they wear out.

      My clothes only take up a five foot rod in my wardrobe which isn’t much. I have made a pledge to not buy any clothes for the whole of this year which won’t be hard because I don’t need any. I haven’t bought any since last August actually. Changing climates like we did moving from Seattle back to Australia certainly had an effect as well. You will find that there aren’t many of my clothes being decluttered because I have been about the same size for the last 30 odd years so I tend to wear mine out rather than grow out of them. I do my best also to choose wisely so what is in my wardrobe gets used.